Homesteading in Oklahoma

Homesteading in Oklahoma- here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in oklahoma

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $1,580

 

Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!


Pros:  None available

Cons:None available

 

 

 

One thought on “Homesteading in Oklahoma

  • May 20, 2017 at 9:48 am
    Permalink

    Taxes are low. Terrain varies. In the southeast where I’m from (McCurtain Co), there are the Ouachita national forest & Ouachita mountains. It’s red clay in the lower elevations, becoming more & more prevalent as you near the Red River on the southern border. The area is bordered on the east by Mountain Fork river. There are swamps. A big swamp is called Red Slough & has its own species of alligator. Lots of fresh water springs, though sulphur is a concern. The water is mineral rich and will paint the inside of your appliances red over time. The land is primarily used for timber in the rocky foothills of the Ouachitas. The transition areas are mostly used for cattle. In the river bed, soy, barley & pecan farms are popular. There are some benefits to being on the Oklahoma side of mountain is that the Okies never got into the habit of spraying 2-4D on everything. That’s something the AR neighbors still do often even though it poisons them. Also, commercial chicken farming, while it does exist there, isn’t so prevalent that it affects water or air quality. Again, the neighbors in AR commercial chicken farm & overuse uncured chicken manure so heavily, it does affect their water quality. I did a term paper on it & tested the water. So, better environment in Oklahoma. The area is water rich & some is clear, some is muddy. Broken bow lake is clear & cold. They run trout in it. It’s beautiful with four seasons. Winters are mild & very wet. There is a light snow every 3-4 years & a heavy snow (3in) every 10ish. Summers are dry. By July during a drought cycle, the grass is brown. Demographics there are mainly white & native American (Choctaw Nation), then maybe 5-10% African American, 3% Hispanic, 3% Asian. Schools can be amazing. Home schooling is accepted, but most don’t. Communities there are small. A lot of the reasons people homeschool just aren’t a factor. There are tornados. You just have a storm cellar which doubles as a root cellar (no basements because the water table is too high). There are earthquakes, though the epicenter of those are much further north where the fracking occurs. There is a fault line that runs almost parallel to the Arkansas border, though it hasn’t been active for thousands of years. My grandpa always had earthquake insurance just in case. The main employers are paper mills. If you don’t work there, you are probably a milwright or welder and “work off” doing shut downs, building generators (windmills & power plants), working on pipelines, etc. The crime problem is the meth problem. There is one hospital but it doesn’t have a good reputation. Most people go to Texas or further west to Durant for medical care. People are airlifted in emergency situations often. Fishing & gaming is a big part of life. Land is $2000-$2800 an acre.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *