I've lived in and around Tulsa for a long time. There are a lot of options in about every direction. First off as far as safety goes in Tulsa, North and East Tulsa are the most dangerous. West is old school blue collar and used to be a rougher part of town, but is steadily being over run by a lot of money. The west side is more forested and hilly, so nice land to develop. From mid Tulsa to South Tulsa is really nice. That's were all the money is. Downtown is pretty nice for a city and relatively safe, but I still wouldn't live there.
Now as far as out side of the city. South of the city is some really nice land for decent prices. Beautiful country and good people. The towns are Bixby and Coweta and a bunch of smaller ones a little south of those. The only issue is getting into and out of Tulsa from there is a little congested. Only two real main routes.
West of the city is also really nice. There are some rougher vestiges of folks left out there, but you're getting into lake country out there and it's really nice. West Tulsa grew from the oil industry way back when. So a lot of old school rough necks and such.
East of the city, also really nice. You're getting closer to Arkansas east of the city and the lakes and rivers to the east are amazing. And you're really close to hill country and into some amazing places in Arkansas.
For me North of the city is the least favorable option, but I know a lot of folks that really like it. Believe it or not the weather is actually significantly worse to me up North. It is the area that is being developed more and getting in and out of town is not as bad. But it's a lot of open fields and is more prone to tornado activity. And they always get the worst of the cold weather. It also seems to be the highest level of old school country meth heads, but I have no stats to back that up, lol.
I believe all areas outside of town are conservative primarily. The major town east Broken Arrow is very conservative. Owasso which is the major town North is also very conservative. Bixby is the major town south and is strongly conservative. West of town are Sapulpa and Sand Springs which are both pretty conservative. I have heard the city of Sapulpa is difficult to deal with and property taxes are a bit of an issue. Funny thing is even in Tulsa we have a Republican mayor. But he's pretty progressive and a bit liberal. He is adding to our police force and fire so he gets a A+ for that.
Once you start seriously considering properties, add a comment to this thread and I'll give you my opinion.
Thank you Mr. McAlester. I hope to be able to make a trip out that way sometime this year. I was not offered that transfer with the oil refinery I work for but it is time for our family to get away from the front range and head to some cheaper living. Not sure if Oklahoma is where we will end up now but Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri are at the top of my list. The wife has South Dakota at the top of hers lol. I was really hoping to get away from the cold. No matter where we end up I hope to get so land with it and enjoy some country living once again.
What about Poteau OK(mountains)
Did u relocate?