I always hate to hear someone say things like "I hate living in Lawton" or "I just can't wait to get out of here." Sometimes people actually mean it and they're destined to move beyond. The other 95% of the time, it's usually just something people say to make up for a severe lack of personality.
I've lived all over America, and every town is basically the same. If you're bored in one place, you'll be bored with the next. There are no boring places, just boring people.
All the same, of those who actually mean what they say, there's nothing at all wrong with moving on with your life in search of happiness. Some people move because of the weather, career opportunities, to be closer or further from family, or to just hop out there and experience something different.
Before I lose track of where I'm going here, let me just share with you that one Oklahoma town landed in the seventeenth slot on the top fifty list of places to live in the United States, according to Money.com. Famous for flour and Garth Brooks, Yukon is the place to live in Oklahoma.
If you're not familiar with Yukon, why would you be? It's a small town in the OKC metro. Think of it like Elgin, but with a fancy hospital, a couple of big car lots, and some big businesses like Lowe's, Xerox, and Target. A town born out of the 1889 land run, grown on the tourism of Route 66, and now considered a trendy place to have your McMansion amid small-town life.
Like most growing and trendy cities people are flocking to, Yukon offers really the best of both worlds. You can grow into a house located in a secluded neighborhood. Raise kids and send them to top-tier public schools. Enjoy the most modern of things within a few minutes drive, but also enjoy America as it used to be with a historic and revitalized hipster-type downtown atmosphere, and cap it off with a rich and very deep local cultural scene.
If I were to move again to Oklahoma City, it would be the place to look if you were looking to settle into the burbs. Of course, maybe you have been to Yukon and know it's not the place for you... and you'd probably be right. The point being, there's a whole lot of America out there. Go explore it, and when you get tired, we'll welcome you home to the same quality of roads we have today.
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To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate
, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.
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compiled a list of 50 attractions--state by state--to see along the drive, drawing on information from historic sites, news stories, Roadside America
, and the National Park Service. Keep reading to discover where travelers can get their kicks on Route 66.
LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state
Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.
Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.
LOOK: Here is the richest town in each state
Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.
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YouGov investigated the most popular dining brands in the country, and Stacker compiled the list to give readers context on the findings. Read on to look through America's vast and divergent variety of restaurants—maybe you'll even find a favorite or two.
LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America
Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker
consulted data from WalletHub
, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here
. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.
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