Tulsa has risen in popularity for those looking to live in Oklahoma. From famous foods to the fantastic music scene, it’s not a surprise that 403,000 people are living in Tulsa. If you’re considering buying a home in Tulsa, expect the median home sale price to land around $237,500, and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Tulsa is about $1,106.
If those prices don’t fit into your budget, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up a list of the 9 best affordable Tulsa suburbs to consider living in – and they’re all under a 45-minute drive from the city. That way you can live near Tulsa and all its unique activities without the price tag of living there.
With a median home sale price nearly $80K less than Tulsa, Wagoner lands the number one spot on our list as the most affordable Tulsa suburb. About 9,000 people live in this suburban area and you’ll only be about 45 minutes away from downtown Tulsa. Make sure to visit the Wagoner County Fairgrounds, which has a variety of events throughout the year. Or you can spend time outside at Maple Park.
Oakhurst is just a little more expensive than Wagoner. About a 15-minute drive away from downtown Tulsa, you can visit the Philbrook Museum of Art in no time. When living in this suburb of 2,400 people, there is a variety of things to do including hiking, fishing, and visiting the local shops.
20 minutes away from downtown, you’ll find the suburb of Catoosa. From parks and outdoor recreation to supporting local businesses, there are lots of things that make Catoosa a great place to live. If you move to the third most affordable suburb, check out all the unique shops and restaurants, watch a movie at the local movie theater, and brush up on your bowling skills.
A little more expensive than Catoosa is none other than Mannford. This Tulsa suburb is known for its close proximity to Keystone Lake where you can hike, bike, fish, boat, or spend the weekend camping. You can also enjoy the lakefront views from one of the neighborhood restaurants.
25 minutes away from downtown Tulsa is Kiefer, another great suburb to consider moving to. With 2,500 people living in this affordable town, Kiefer is a great option to consider when looking to stay close to Tulsa without paying the premium for a home in the city.
Another recognizable Tulsa suburb is Sapulpa, where the home prices are about $20K less than in Tulsa. Home to roughly 21,000 people, Sapulpa is a great suburb to consider renting or buying a home in. There are many things to do in Sapulpa like exploring the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum. Make sure to check out the downtown area which is known for its art deco architecture.
#7: Sand Springs
Seventh on our list of affordable Tulsa suburbs is Sand Springs, which is about a 10-minute drive west of the city. With a population of close to 20,000, living in Sand Springs is a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of Tulsa. If you find yourself moving to this suburb, make sure to visit Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum or take in the views of the Arkansas River.
If you’ve been living in Tulsa for some time, you may know the suburb of Haskell. This affordable area is home to roughly 2,000 residents, so you’ll have a fraction of Tulsa’s population while remaining about 45 minutes away from the city. Living in Haskell, make sure to visit the Haskell County Historical Museum or have a picnic at Haskell City Park.
Finishing off our list of affordable Tulsa suburbs is none other than Glenpool. Only 20 minutes away from Tulsa and home to about 14,000 residents, you may just want to consider moving to Glenpool. Fun activities to do in Glenpool include exploring some of the city’s parks or eating at one of the local restaurants.
Affordability is based on whether a suburb is less than the median sale price of Tulsa and under a 45-minute drive from downtown Tulsa. Median home sale price data from the Redfin Data Center during July 2022. Average rental data from Rent.com during July 2022. Population data sourced from United States Census Bureau.
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