AARP Names Tulsa One of the Top 10 Places in America to Retire

Tulsa has been selected as one of the 10 most affordable places to retire in America, according AARP the Magazine.

Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. and AARP State President Marjorie Lyons made the announcement Friday at a joint press conference held at City Hall.

“We’re excited to tell the rest of the country what we’ve known all along – Tulsa is a great place to live,” Lyons said. “From the low cost of housing, tax rates to fantastic recreation and climate to arts and culture, Tulsa is city that is both affordable and livable which is key for retirees.”

“This recognition from AARP is only the start for Tulsa. We are seeing our city transform into an intergenerational city that is building upon legacies and educating the younger generation,” Mayor Bartlett said. “With the amenities, cost of living and quality of life, not only is Tulsa a destination to retire, but a great city to be born, grow up, have a career and raise a family.”

When compiling its list of the most affordable places to retire, AARP looked at more than 350 cities, Lyons said. Among criteria weighed were cost of living, state tax rates on pension and social security and the stability of the economy. Other criteria used included restaurants, museums, recreation and proximity to airports.

Tulsa residents Joel and Ada Hulett and Julius and Wennette Pegues were interviewed in the profile on Tulsa that will be featured in the September issue of AARP the Magazine. Local Mexican restaurant Elote, the BOK Center, the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Tulsa International Film Festival were also mentioned along with the city’s 26-miles of paved cycling and walking trails.Other cities selected were: Winchester, Virginia; Gainesville, Georgia and Wenatchee, Washington; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Columbus, Indiana; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Ithaca, New York and Midland, Texas.

Article by Tulsa Business Journal

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