“The Sooner State” hopes to see you soon! With a low cost of living and a beautiful landscape, nearly 4 million people call Oklahoma home.
In 2020, Oklahoma City, one of the fastest growing and largest metropolitan areas in the state, joined the list of the top 25 largest cities in America.
If you’re considering moving to Oklahoma, whether to the state capitol, Oklahoma City, or a small town in the Sooner State, the moving experts at United can help. We compiled moving advice, tips, and other information to make your move to Oklahoma as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Why Are People Moving to Oklahoma?
According to the United Van Lines’ annual Movers Study, Oklahoma was an up-and-coming place to move during 2020. Of those who made the move to Oklahoma, 52.6% cite a job as the reason for their move. 23.6% moved for family, and 12.5% for retirement.
While people can move for a variety of reasons, or a combination of reasons, this article focuses on the number one reason people are moving to Oklahoma.
Jobs and Working in Oklahoma
Oklahoma has a stable economy, and Oklahoma City is a large reason for the state’s growing number of job opportunities. OKC is a hub for employment, with transportation, retail, healthcare, and financial industries showing the most growth.
As of 2021, the state is also home to three Fortune 500 companies, all in the energy sector.
Oklahoma is a major natural gas producer and is a top-five crude oil produce (source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (2021)). In fact, for most of the 20th Century, Tulsa was dubbed as the “Oil Capital of the World.”
With a rich history in energy production that continues to this day, it’s no wonder the state’s largest and most profitable employers are all within the energy sector.
Other major employers in Oklahoma include Tinker Air Force Base, The University of Oklahoma, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
A Beautiful State in Tornado Alley
Oklahoma’s beautiful landscape includes the Ouachita Mountains to the south and rolling hills and plains to the east. Sooner State summers are long and hot, but winters are mild compared to neighboring Midwestern states.
Nestled between Kansas and Texas, Oklahoma is in Tornado Alley. However, it does see less severe weather when compared to the other two states. Tornados usually occur in April and May, so if you plan to move in the spring, it’s important to be aware of the potential for severe weather. No matter the time of year, it is always important to keep the weather in mind so you can be prepared for what might come your way. Browse United Van Lines’ tips and tricks to learn how to pack like a pro.
Where Are You Moving From?
No matter where you call home, United Van Lines is here to help with your long distance move. Whether you’re moving from California to Oklahoma or moving to OKC from any other state, our movers are ready to assist.
Moving down the street or across the state? Our local movers can also help with shorter distance moving trips within Oklahoma. For these in-state trips, our local agents perform services under their own businesses’ independent authorities and brands.
From packing, providing storage, to moving day itself, we can help, no matter the distance.
Ready to Move to Oklahoma?
If you’re ready to start planning your move with a professional moving company, United Van Lines is here. Our experts provide a variety of services and offer different moving plans that work best for you.
United Van Lines makes it easy to coordinate your move to Oklahoma and stay organized along the way. The MyUnited Move Portal personalizes and streamlines your moving experience. Use customized tools to keep track of all major moving milestones, organize contacts, and book your move online. Get started today with the expert movers at United Van Lines.