Norman Economic Development Coalition

Why should I live and work in Norman?
Norman residents have the advantage of a desirable high quality of life yet an extremely low cost of living (“#2 least expensive place to live” – COLI, 2014). Residents enjoy walkable and bicycle friendly streets, an efficient public transportation system, access to nearby airports, a mild climate, moderate traffic conditions, and close proximity to a major metropolitan area. Living in Norman allows residents to experience a small town community feel with big city amenities.  Employees and job-seekers find an array of major employers as well as favorable median salaries and income growth.

What types of educational opportunities are in Norman?
Students are surrounded by an educated environment where 93.7% of the population holds a high school diploma or higher and 51.9% hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Educational attainment is not only possible at the University of Oklahoma, which offers 158 majors at the baccalaureate level, but also at Moore Norman Technology Center, which is one of Oklahoma’s premier technical training centers.

How does Norman’s housing, shopping, and dining compare to other cities?
Homeowners benefit from recovering residential value and a median real estate tax that is approximately 18% lower than the national average. In 2014, the average home cost in Norman was $234, 557, which was 30.6% less than the national average. Consumers may choose from various shopping and dining environments, which feature national retailers, quaint cafes, lively pubs, charming antique shops and art galleries with no shortage of unique restaurants throughout the city.

Why should I choose Norman to locate my business?
Bolstered by these agreeable living conditions and located on the south edge of Oklahoma City’s metro population of 1.3 million, Norman provides businesses with an expansive labor pool. Employers have access to state and local business incentives such as tax exemptions, cash rebates in a taxable payroll, and employee training assistance in order to promote ease of doing business in the community. Norman’s talented resource base and educational opportunities enhance employee labor quality, giving all of Norman’s residents plenty of reasons to call the city home.

To learn more about the Norman Community please review our Economic Abstract. The Norman Economic Abstract highlights various topics pertaining to employers, business incentives and climate, demographic information, education, housing, and quality of life.