Stillwater, Oklahoma – Retirement Guide

Stillwater, Oklahoma   Retirement Guide

Located in north-central Oklahoma just 60 miles from Oklahoma City, Stillwater offers residents a more low-key environment than the OKC’s sprawling urban center. The hub of the town may well be Oklahoma State University, which is the town’s largest employer (unemployment is at a remarkably low 3.4 percent). The university also offers retirees opportunities for continuing education classes, and a number of sports, arts, and cultural activities. In particular, the school’s football team draws fervent fans.

Though the town’s economy is diverse and bustling in aerospace, agribusiness, biotechnology, optoelectronics, printing and publishing, Stillwater remains an affordable destination, with a cost of living 11.5 percent lower than the national average. The town is also home to a great number of retirement and assisted living communities.

Musical heritage plays a strong role in the heart and soul of Stillwater. The town is proud of the artists who got their start here, including Garth Brooks. Music lovers will find a seemingly endless number of country music venues touting regular live performances.

Pros: University town with strong arts and cultural activities
Con: Located in “Tornado Alley”

At a Glance
Best For: College town seekers
Population: 46,048
Cost of Living: 11.5% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $145,100
Unemployment: 3.4%
Top State Income Tax: 5.25%
Crime Rate: 60% lower than national average

The town is also home to the Tumbleweed, nominated as one of the five top venues for the “Dancehall of the Year” award by the Academy of Country Music.

Arts and culture play an important role in Stillwater. The town hosts a number of festivals, including A Taste of Stillwater, the Oklahoma Special Olympics’ Annual Summer Games and the OK Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. Points of interest also include the Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, the Washington Irving Trail and Museum, and the 100-acre Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum.

Stillwater also claims more than 5,000 acres of park land, on which retirees can find the popular Senior Activity Center. The town boasts a number of golf courses, as well as well-stocked lakes for fishing.

The greatest downside to living in Stillwater is its location in “Tornado Alley,” a region known for seeing a number of destructive tornadoes.

Top Retirement Cities in Oklahoma:  Stillwater

Photo by Wesley Fryer via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.