Which Oklahoma cities made the list of great affordable college towns? The educational website Great Value Colleges has released its list of 50 Great Affordable College Towns based on cost-of-living index scores. Tulsa came in at No. 7. Three other Oklahoma cities are on the list.
Four Oklahoma cities made the list of 50 Great Affordable College Towns in the U.S. ranked by the educational website Great Value Colleges.
The article says the list shows the 50 college towns with the best cost-of-living index scores as published by the Council for Community and Economic Research. The cost-of-living index considers such factors as grocery items, housing, utilities, transportation and health care.
Three of the top five towns listed are in Tennessee, including Cookeville, home of Tennessee Technological University, which topped the list.
The Oklahoma cities on the list, and the supporting information, are:
7. Tulsa — Average cost of a one-bedroom apartment: $602. Cost-of-living index score: 88.4. Colleges: The University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University.
Forbes, Partners for Livable Communities and Relocate America all have called Tulsa one of the most livable large cities in the United States. Tulsa also was determined to be one of the “top 50 best cities” in the country by BusinessWeek in 2012.
15. Stillwater — Average cost of a one-bedroom apartment: $544. Cost-of-living indexscore: 90.1. College: Oklahoma State University.
In 2010, CNN Money Magazine listed Stillwater as one of the top 100 places to live in the United States. Eskimo Joe’s restaurant and bar has been hailed in Sports Illustrated, Playboy and the Sporting News as one of the best college sports bars in the country.
21. Edmond — Average cost of a one-bedroom apartment: $672. Cost-of-living index score: 91.6. Colleges: University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University (in Oklahoma City limits bordering Edmond).
In 2007, Relocate America listed Edmond as one of the “top 100 places to live.” In 2011, CNBC rated Edmond No. 1 on its list of “perfect suburbs.”
44. Norman — Average cost of a one-bedroom apartment: $549. Cost-of-living index score: 94.4. College: The University of Oklahoma.
According to CNN’s Money Magazine in 2008, Norman is the sixth best small city in the country in which to live. During football season, it is not unusual for 80,000 people to attend the games.