Monday, July 21, 2008

America's Best Places to Live 2008


No. 6: Norman, Oklahoma
Population: 102,800
Miles from Oklahoma City: 17
Typical single-family home: $163,600
People at the typical OU game: 84,860
Pros: Affordable housing, football mania
Cons: Severe weather, football mania
The university not only helps draw educated workers here but also serves as a major source of entertainment for residents. When the OU Sooners play football against their longtime rival, the University of Texas, Norman schools are almost always closed on Friday (you read that right) and the town packs the stadium.
Who wrote this crap? Yeah we pack the stadium for the Texas game...IN DALLAS!


NOt sure what they were thinking with this picture. That's a shot of downtown Oklahoma City. And they cropped out the best part...Bricktown just out of the shot on the right.

When the OU Sooners play football against their longtime rival, the University of Texas, Norman schools are almost always closed on Friday (you read that right)...
That is actually true. Norman Public Schools schedule the Friday before the OU Texas game as a "Professional Day" no school.

While Norman hasn’t had huge run-ups in housing prices, the city has also been spared the devastating downside.
That's true if 5000$ per year in appreciation isn't considered huge. Our house on War Bird Drive appreciated in value from 1999 to 2005, from $92,500 to $135,000 for a 4 bedroom 1800+ house in a great neighborhood. Our current domicile has increased at the same rate.
With all the inaccuracies in the article aside, it is a great place to live.
What was the only town in Colorado on the article? Fort Collins...like anyone wants to or can afford to live there. It was ranked 2nd.

1 comment:

Fritz said...

Ft. Collins has Beer, and lots of it. That's why it's ranked 2nd.