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    Tinker AFB, OK Local Information

    Tinker AFB is on the east side of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. "OK City" has about 600,000 people, and is in Oklahoma County, which has a population of about 740,000 people. Other nearby small communities include Midwest City (54,000), Edmond (82,000), Del City (20,000), Moore (55,000), and Norman (113,000).

    It is about 11 miles from downtown Oklahoma City to Tinker; this takes about 17 minutes to commute, but the city is very spread out and travel times can vary significantly. The average commute in Oklahoma County is about 20 minutes. Midwest City and Del City are both within 20 minutes average commute of base.

    Local Housing Rental Prices: The average apartment rent in the Oklahoma City area ranges from $400 to $650 per month, with a median of about $500 per month.

    Local Housing Purchase Prices: The average price for a house in Oklahoma City is about $160,000, compared to $145,000 for Oklahoma.

    Short Description of the Area: Oklahoma City is a large city in the state of Oklahoma, one of the largest 30 cities in the USA by population, and in the top 10 by area. OK City is in the practical center of the state, and within a three hour drive of most of the populated state. Oklahoma is a Great Plains state, with rolling plains through much of the east, and low hills in the west. Some of the west of the state is wooded, but most is prairie.

    Climate and Weather: The area has a humid, warm climate in summer, and cold, dry climate in winter. Winter temperatures range from the high 40s to mid-20s, with chills as low as the tens below zero; snow is not usually deep, but with wind chill the winters can be bitter. Summer temperatures range from the mid 90s to low 70s, with spikes of up to 110. Springs and summers have thunderstorms, and this area is in Tornado Alley, and OK City has been hit by tornadoes (as recently as 2013); have an emergency kit and plan ready.