People from these metros are finding new jobs in Oklahoma City

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April 15, 2022
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People from these metros are finding new jobs in Oklahoma City

The COVID-19 pandemic has truly changed the way we think about the nature of work, and in particular, where we live versus where we’re employed. Pre-pandemic, telecommuting or work-from-home situations existed, but they weren’t the norm. Nearly 6 in 10 Americans rarely or never telecommuted pre-pandemic. Months later, just over half of workers who could were telecommuting. Although vaccines were on the horizon—and with that, an imminent return to office life—many still preferred this new way of working.

Employees discovered that working from home certainly had an upside. No more long, stressful commute. They were more productive. Having more flexibility with time allowed them to better manage a household. For those who live in expensive real estate markets, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to make the leap to a more affordable city without sacrificing a big-city paycheck.

While many employers want to bring workers back to the office in some capacity, the work-from-home trend is likely here to stay. With it, smaller cities may continue to boom, as people leave larger cities for a different lifestyle. So, where in your state are people coming to settle and enjoy this new work-from-anywhere style of living? To find out, Stacker compiled a list of metros where the most people are finding new jobs in Oklahoma City, OK using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Jobs-to-Jobs Flows. Metros are ranked by the number of people that started a new job in Oklahoma City, OK in the first quarter of 2021.

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#20. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from New York in Q1 2021: 38
--- #137 (tie) most common destination from New York
- Started a new job in New York from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 24
--- 0.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 14 to Oklahoma City
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#19. Non-metropolitan area(s), NM

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Non in Q1 2021: 40
--- #21 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 28
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 12 to Oklahoma City
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#18. Non-metropolitan area(s), WY

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Non in Q1 2021: 44
--- #63 (tie) most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 6
--- 0.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 38 to Oklahoma City
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#17. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Washington in Q1 2021: 45
--- #110 (tie) most common destination from Washington
- Started a new job in Washington from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 28
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 17 to Oklahoma City
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#16. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Seattle in Q1 2021: 48
--- #76 (tie) most common destination from Seattle
- Started a new job in Seattle from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 29
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 19 to Oklahoma City

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#15. St. Louis, MO-IL

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from St. Louis in Q1 2021: 52
--- #46 (tie) most common destination from St. Louis
- Started a new job in St. Louis from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 50
--- 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 2 to Oklahoma City
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#14. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Chicago in Q1 2021: 53
--- #114 (tie) most common destination from Chicago
- Started a new job in Chicago from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 32
--- 0.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 21 to Oklahoma City
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#13. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Austin in Q1 2021: 57
--- #49 most common destination from Austin
- Started a new job in Austin from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 52
--- 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 5 to Oklahoma City
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#12. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from San Antonio in Q1 2021: 60
--- #37 (tie) most common destination from San Antonio
- Started a new job in San Antonio from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 55
--- 0.5% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 5 to Oklahoma City
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#11. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Phoenix in Q1 2021: 83
--- #58 (tie) most common destination from Phoenix
- Started a new job in Phoenix from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 81
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 2 to Oklahoma City

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#10. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Omaha in Q1 2021: 84
--- #33 (tie) most common destination from Omaha
- Started a new job in Omaha from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 24
--- 0.2% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 60 to Oklahoma City
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#9. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Denver in Q1 2021: 89
--- #53 most common destination from Denver
- Started a new job in Denver from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 62
--- 0.6% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 27 to Oklahoma City
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#8. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Los Angeles in Q1 2021: 96
--- #60 most common destination from Los Angeles
- Started a new job in Los Angeles from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 77
--- 0.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 19 to Oklahoma City
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#7. Non-metropolitan area(s), TX

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Non in Q1 2021: 110
--- #32 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 98
--- 1.0% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 12 to Oklahoma City
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#6. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Houston in Q1 2021: 141
--- #38 most common destination from Houston
- Started a new job in Houston from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 210
--- 2.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 69 to Houston

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#5. Enid, OK

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Enid in Q1 2021: 232
--- #3 most common destination from Enid
- Started a new job in Enid from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 212
--- 2.1% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 20 to Oklahoma City
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#4. Lawton, OK

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Lawton in Q1 2021: 391
--- #2 most common destination from Lawton
- Started a new job in Lawton from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 374
--- 3.7% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 17 to Oklahoma City
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#3. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Dallas in Q1 2021: 496
--- #22 most common destination from Dallas
- Started a new job in Dallas from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 591
--- 5.8% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 95 to Dallas
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#2. Tulsa, OK

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Tulsa in Q1 2021: 3,097
--- #2 most common destination from Tulsa
- Started a new job in Tulsa from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 3,001
--- 29.4% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 96 to Oklahoma City
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#1. Non-metropolitan area(s), OK

- Started a new job in Oklahoma City from Non in Q1 2021: 3,328
--- #2 most common destination from Non
- Started a new job in Non from Oklahoma City in Q1 2021: 3,201
--- 31.3% of total new out-of-metro jobs
- Net job flow: 127 to Oklahoma City

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