Ardmore nationally recognized for low cost of living

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ARDMORE, OK - Meet Tammy and Adam Sherfield. They're from Hobbs, New Mexico and just moved to Ardmore Sunday night.

"Trying to get everything set up with our new home, and getting our children enrolled in school," said Tammy.

New jobs as science teachers at Ardmore Middle School and opportunities for their kids Easton and Haley made Ardmore attractive, while another aspect stood out too.

"Tammy had seen it online that Ardmore was one of the more affordable places to live," said Adam "And that was a big thing for us too, affordability."

Business Facilities magazine said Ardmore has the fourth lowest cost of living in the nation. Ardmore Development Authority CEO Brian Carter said the cost of living index played a part in the ranking and explained what it measures.

"Everything from the price of commodities and consumer goods to commuting times and just a variety of factors in any given area," said Carter.

He added that Ardmore's position on the map helps keep living costs low..

"It's right on the interstate directly between two major markets where there's a lot of traffic moving back and forth anyways, compared to moving, say, 200 miles off the interstate and you're not between any major markets, that community would bear a lot of costs that Ardmore wouldn't," Carter said. "So our geography helps us a whole lot."

Between unpacking their belongings and settling into their classrooms the Sherfields have found a place to call home in Ardmore.

"I think it's really good," said Adam "Everywhere we've been everyone's been really nice, so it's been kinda neat."

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