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10 Affordable Cities for Retirement

These places are a bargain for retirees — and you can't beat the lifestyle

Tulsa, Oklahoma - Most Affordable Cities

Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers a big city skyscape while retaining its small town charm. — Jake Stangel

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsans delight in how their city surprises outsiders — it's a small-city jewel, with an impressive art deco district downtown, first-rate art museums and plentiful green spaces.

See also: Ten best states for retirement.

Situated in the northeast corner of the state, with the Arkansas River flowing through it, the city has 26 miles of paved cycling and walking trails that wind among fountains, playgrounds and sculptures.

A few years ago Joel Hulett, 56, and his wife, Ada, 58, considered moving his Tulsa law practice to Los Angeles so he could work for the entertainment industry.

Instead they decided to stay, and he started a film-production company: The couple will help kick off the Tulsa International Film Festival this September.

Ada and Joel also enjoy traveling, so they like the city's proximity to Tulsa International Airport.

But Tulsa's also just a welcoming place. Says Ada: "I've been here 33 years now, and it never fails to impress me how friendly and warm the city is."

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