The Norman, Oklahoma Relocation Guide
Located 14 miles south of Oklahoma City, Norman is home to the University of Oklahoma (Go “Sooners”) and their top-ranked football and softball teams. As a college town, Norman is a great place to live and work. Oklahoma weather changes every 15 minutes, so you’re never stuck with bad weather for too long! Planning a move to Norman or recently relocated here? Keep reading for everything you need to know about your new home!
Cost of living in Norman
The following data comes from BestPlaces’ profile of Norman:
- Median Income: $50,714
- Median Home Price: $193,800
- Overall cost of living: 4 (lower than the U.S. average of 100)
Landmarks and Major Attractions
Norman’s history dates back to the late 19th century. In the time since its founding, Norman has grown from a small town to the nationally recognized home of the University of Oklahoma. It’s also part of the wider Oklahoma City metro area. As a college town, Norman offers great history and landmarks, as well as cultural attractions:
- University of Oklahoma Athletics: Watch their top-ranked football team or national champion softball team in action, or buy tickets to other OU sports.
- The University of Oklahoma: Learn about on-campus experiences to visit this beloved institution.
- The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art: Founded in 1936 and affiliated with the university, the museum of art holds over 20,000 objects in its permanent collection including French Impressionism, 20th-century American art, contemporary Native American artwork, Asian art, and more.
- National Weather Museum & Science Center: A place to learn about weather and science in Norman, created by scientists and community leaders.
- Lake Thunderbird: Features water activities and recreation with two marinas, nine boat ramps, and two swim beaches. You can also check out the Discovery Cove Nature Center and equestrian trails.
- Downtown Norman: Enjoy shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment in historic downtown Norman.
- Calypso Cove Marina: Located on Lake Thunderbird, this full-service marina offers a fuel dock, wet/dry boat storage, and watersports rentals.
- The Sooner Theatre: This historic landmark offers a variety of performing arts shows and arts education.
- Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History: A natural history museum located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The museum was founded in 1899 by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature.
- Heyday Entertainment: Oklahoma’s best family entertainment center with bowling, laser tag, mini golf and more! Perfect for corporate events, team building and birthday parties.
- Firehouse Art Center: Founded in 1970, “The Firehouse” is home to highly professional working visual arts studios, adult and youth art education programming, a permanent gift shop, and a dedicated exhibition gallery space.
- Annual Norman Music Fest: A free, independent music festival in downtown Norman, Oklahoma. NMF spans two nights and one full day and night of music and arts.
- Norman Medieval Fair: Held annually since 1977, this living history fair features educational exhibits, arts, crafts, food, games, demonstrations, and ongoing entertainment at seven stages.
Local Food and Dining
Oklahomans love the land and local food grown on it. In Norman, you can support local farmers at the Norman Farmers Market from April through October. Visit Norman’s restaurant scene to enjoy local favorites such as chicken-fried steak, Indian tacos, fried-onion burgers, and barbecue.
For breakfast, lunch or Tex-Mex meals, stop by The Diner open 7 days a week for a low-key, family-fun diner.
Other notable Oklahoma culinary specialties include:
- Pepe Delgados
- Legend's Restaurant
- Victoria’s Pasta Shop
- Othello’s Italian Restaurant
- Sooner Dairy Lunch
- Midway Grocery & Market
- Van’s Pig Stand - Norman
- Juan Del Fuegos
Parks and Recreation
The City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing fun and engaging parks and recreational activities for the citizens of Norman. Highlights include the Westwood Family Aquatic Center, Westwood Tennis Center, Westwood Golf Course, Young Family Athletic Center, Andrews Park, and Ruby Grant Park.
Jobs and Industries
OU is the heart of Norman and also its largest employer. Other major employers in the area include Norman Regional Hospital, Norman Public Schools, and Johnson Controls, a company that produces fire, HVAC, and security equipment for buildings.
Major industries in Norman include higher education, health services, and manufacturing. Norman has also seen growing interest from Engineering, Tech, and Biotech companies.
Check out the following resources for more on Norman’s economic opportunities:
- Norman Economic Development Coalition
- Greater Oklahoma City: A Better Living. A Better Life.
- Projects & Initiatives in the City of Norman
Primary and Higher Education
As a college town, educational opportunities are everywhere in Norman!
- Norman Public Schools is the seventh-largest in Oklahoma and has a reputation for academic excellence.
- Private school options in Norman include religious and independent schools.
- The Pioneer Library System serves Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomi counties.
- Moore Norman Technology Center provides workforce development and training.
- And, of course, the University of Oklahoma.
Norman Regional Health System offers a variety of health and wellness services, including Emergency Services, five specialty centers, and more.
Transportation and Getting Around
As part of the Oklahoma City metro area, Norman offers a variety of transportation options. With newer roads and highways built in the age of the automobile, getting around by car is also fast and easy.
- EMBARK fixed-route and paratransit services
- Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer connects Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, TX daily with connections available to Dallas, Chicago, and San Antonio.
- Will Rogers World Airport
Contact the following companies to establish utility service in your new home:
- Oklahoma Gas & Electric
- Oklahoma Electric Cooperative
- Water, Sewer, and Sanitation
- OEC Fiber
- Sooner Wireless
- RD Broadband
As a longtime community bank, we believe that getting involved with community organizations is a great way to help out and meet people in your new home.