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Top Five Towns for Renters in Oklahoma County

By Tiffany Raiford

When it comes to looking for a rental home in Oklahoma County, there are five very distinct towns and cities you'll want to begin your search. Though Oklahoma County isn't known for its many large cities, these five areas are the best for renters because they have the biggest population, the most homes, and the most to offer residents who want to live in the area whether short term or long.

Oklahoma City

With nearly 600,000 residents that call Oklahoma City home, it makes for a great place to rent in Oklahoma County. There are hundreds of neighborhoods available with many homes for rent in light of the recent downturn in the economy. These homes range from small and modest to grandiose. Whether you're looking for a gated community or something on a bit of acreage, you'll find it here. Additionally, it's a great place for renters because it's in the city, close to work, and there are endless options available for entertainment. There are also many different choices when it comes to education, which is a big factor for parents with school age children.

Edmond

As the sixth largest city in the state, Edmond is a great place for renters. It's a suburban community of Oklahoma City, which means the cost of living is a bit less than in the city. It's an easy commute for those who work downtown, and the options as far as housing goes are still numerous. You won't find much in the way of apartments and townhomes, but you will find plenty of single family homes on large pieces of land in a variety of neighborhoods. There are also many restaurants, entertainment venues, parks, schools, and extracurricular activities for families with children.

Midwest City

Home to Tinker Air Force Base, Midwest City is a hotspot for renters. Most of the people who live here only do so short term because of their ties to the military. For this reason, many investors pick up homes they can rent to military families, practically guaranteeing themselves a renter at all times. The homes are primarily located in good neighborhoods surrounded by stellar schools and parks. The weather is a bit of a worry, as most of it is in Oklahoma, but the area has survived through two major tornadoes without too much damage, which is a testimony to the craftsmanship and sustainability of this little Midwest town.

Del City

Not everyone who moves to Oklahoma County has children and pets. In fact, if you're a single or a married couple looking to live in a suburban community of Oklahoma City without being surrounded exclusively by families, you might consider Del City. That's not to say you won't encounter your fair share of families here, but most of the population consists of adults without children. This is a popular town for renters because it's close to the city and it has plenty of small town charm and appeal. You'll find diverse neighborhoods, plenty of entertainment and a myriad of opportunities to enjoy living here.

Bethany

It's not a large town, with a population just over 20,000 people. However, it is a quaint area for renters because the neighborhoods range from brand new and custom to historical with an edge. Many people choose to live here because of the major employers in the area such as Southwestern Christian University, Wiley Post Airport and the Hospital. With so many employment and educational options, people tend to come here in need of rentals for just a few years to get through school or their residencies, which makes it a great place to find a rental.

Living in Oklahoma County is an option for those who are looking for rental homes. There are plenty available. By renting, you'll be able to see which areas you like better than others, move when your lease is up and eventually find a permanent home you want to purchase.

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