Planning a move to Ada, Oklahoma? We can't wait to welcome you to our close-knit community and help you settle in. Located within Southern Oklahoma's picturesque rolling hills, the city of Ada reflects the pioneering spirit, Native American culture, and friendly hospitality that Oklahoma is known for. Ada is a family-friendly small city with attractive amenities such as a well-rated public-school system, great parks and recreation options, a vibrant local business community, and a thriving Main Street. We are also home to the Chickasaw Nation. As Ada's oldest local bank, Vision Bank has a wealth of knowledge about the community. Our employees live and work here and can help you find a babysitter or recommend the best restaurant as you open a new checking account. Here's what you need to know for a successful move to Ada.
The area currently known as Ada was first settled by the Daggs family just before the start of the twentieth century. Incorporated as a city in 1901, Ada was established around a post office and named after the mail carrier's daughter. The arrival of railroad lines from the west contributed to Ada's population growth. Gems from Ada's rich past, such as the 1920 McSwain Theatre, remain part of its landscape and identity as a modern small city.
According to Sperling's Best Places, the overall cost of living in Ada is lower than the national average (82 out of 100). Housing is especially affordable, with a median home price of $89,300 in Ada, less than half the median price for the entire US. A scan of current listings on Realtor.com reveals that one can buy a stand-alone home with three bedrooms and around 1,000 square feet for less than $130,000. If you're moving to Ada from a higher priced metro area, this news is sure to excite you. Average rents are similarly low here: less than $600 for a one-bedroom apartment and less than $700 for two. So, whether you're relocating to Ada as a recent college grad, an established professional with a family, or a retiree, you'll love our laidback and affordable lifestyle.
A passion for education is intertwined with Ada's history. In 1909, the institution now called East Central University was founded as a normal (teaching) school. Today, it is a public university that offers a variety of academic programs and degrees. The public school district is known as Ada City Schools. There are three elementary schools, one junior high, and one high school. Ada City Schools also operates an Early Childhood Center with Kindergarten and an optional PreK program for children who are 4 years old as of September 1st. Ada High School has a GreatSchools.org ranking of 8, which makes it above average.
Water: The city of Ada operates the public water system. Water utility bills can be paid online through the city's website.
Electricity: Parts of Ada have electric services through Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE), the state's "oldest and largest investor-owned electric utility", and parts of Ada have electric services through People's Electric Cooperative (PEC), a co-op owned by its members.
Natural Gas: Ada residents receive natural gas service from CenterPoint Energy.
Cable and Internet: Choose between national satellite companies and local options such as Cable ONE.
The Wintersmith Park Historic District is the largest public recreation area in Ada. It encompasses a lake, a rentable lodge, scenic bridges and trails, athletic courts, an amphitheater, and a new aquatic center. There is also a new sports complex where local athletic teams can play and host tournaments. If you're bringing a dog along with you to Ada, they're sure to enjoy the Ada Dog Park located on S Hickory Avenue and in Wintersmith Park!
Welcome to Ada! Vision Bank's history is as long as the city's and we are proud to be part of such a friendly community. We know that moving can be stressful, with switching banks just one of many tasks on your relocation checklist. That's why our helpful and friendly employees make it easy to open an account at Vision Bank. Visit one of our two Ada locations or visit us online today to open an account or apply for your next mortgage.