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Broken Arrow, Okla.
Broken Arrow, Okla.
Population: 90,700
% over 50: 23%
Typical 3-bedroom home: $140,000
State income tax: 5.50%*

Located about 15 miles southeast of Tulsa, this quiet community provides residents the ease of suburban living with close proximity to metropolitan offerings like museums, shopping and dining. Broken Arrow has seen major growth in the past decade, thanks to home prices that start in the low $100,000s.

Golfing is a chief pastime here, with seven courses in town and several just beyond its borders. Broken Arrow has a traditional downtown commercial district, with local shops and restaurants. The downtown also boasts the Broken Arrow Historical Museum, the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, and a spanking new performing arts center, which will host its inaugural concert Sept. 29.

Broken Arrow's hospital shut down a few years ago, and residents currently have to drive to Tulsa to reach the closest hospital. But construction began in March on a 96-bed hospital right in Broken Arrow. Plans for the development also include a medical office building and a retail center. --B.B.

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Last updated September 24 2009: 1:21 PM ET
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* For top bracket. Oklahoma increases, but doesn't double, all or some bracket widths for joint filers.
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