The Best Qualities of a Vibrant Community
Located in the heart of the country and a "must see" stop on Route 66, Tulsa has all the qualities of a great American city that is comfortably cosmopolitan... A great place to call home. Today, citizens in our region enjoy unsurpassed beauty, a well-educated and talented workforce, cultural diversity and a pro-business environment. Settled in what has been dubbed "green country," Tulsa is a true American treasure and home to unique attractions like the Gilcrease Museum Philbrook Museum, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the other venues that provide a taste of artistic culture. The city is also lined by the Arkansas River, which provides a beautiful backdrop for recreational activities, running and biking along the River Park trails.
Tulsa is selected as one of America's Most Livable Communities among the nation's top destinations for travel, business investment, relocation, learning, retiring and living. Meeting the criteria as a community which has developed itself in a creative economy as well as prepare for a new global economy resulted in claiming a spot on the "Most Livable" roster.
Regions and Neighborhoods
From refurbished downtown lofts to elegant neighborhoods built during the oil heydays to spacious suburban living, the Tulsa metro area offers housing that suits a variety of tastes and needs. Like many communities around the country, Tulsa is experiencing a renaissance in the older sections of town. Single-family neighborhoods and tree-lined suburbs will always appeal to certain homebuyers. Yet there's a growing interest among baby-boomers and empty nesters alike in high-density, mixed-use development as an alternative to suburban sprawl. A cadre of urban pioneers is busy reclaiming blighted buildings downtown and transforming them into loft apartments and townhouses. Outlying communities continue to beckon homebuyers looking for extra space and the serenity of country living. Along with easy access to shopping, health care and area attractions, communities along the urban perimeter boast the quickest one-way commutes.
Live More and Pay Less
You definitely get more for your money in Tulsa. The ACCRA national cost of living index shows Tulsa at 92, which puts this comfortably cosmopolitan city at 13.5 percent below the national average. Forbes.com's latest 'Most Livable Cities" list ranks Tulsa as number five among the nation's largest metropolitan statistical areas. The Tulsa county per capita income is 21 percent above the national average proving that business in Tulsa is healthy. Coupled with the country's fourth lowest tax burden, Oklahoma is a very affordable state in which to live and do business.
MSNBC ranks Tulsa #3 among the nation's five cheapest places to rent. Average and median home prices also boast low numbers compared to prices in other metro cities nationwide.
One bedroom: $476
Two bedrooms/one bath: $568
Two bedrooms/two baths: $603
Average Home Prices, Tulsa Area
2,350 - 2,450 square feet: $184,626
1,750 - 1,850 square feet: $133,390
2008 Estimated Median Owner-Occupied Housing Value
Second Shortest Commute Time in the Nation
Traffic in Tulsa is hard to come by. The city is laid out in a user-friendly grid with north-south and east-west main arteries at one-mile intervals. The metropolitan area's highway system includes both heavily traveled interstates and convenient freeways and toll roads connecting all areas of the community. Whether you are venturing across town or traveling beyond the borders of the state of Oklahoma, Tulsa has the transportation infrastructure to get you where you want to go.
Ranked as the largest metro region with the second-shortest commute zone in the nation, the average commute time is approximately 20 minutes. This allows residents to drive to work and return home much faster than their counterparts in Dallas, Oklahoma City, Houston and Denver. Convenient and attractive, these communities enable Tulsans to enjoy the amenities of urban living and the lifestyle of a small town.
International Airport Provides Endless Travel Opportunities
Tulsa International Airport, located just minutes from downtown, provides Tulsans and visitors with one of the more pleasant airport experiences available. Convenient and available parking, fast check-ins, and easy access to several highways make TIA a hassle-free airport experience. Nine carriers, offering more than 150 arrivals and departures daily, operate at TIA. A 45-minute flight to DFW Airport or a short hop to Houston, Atlanta or Chicago brings international travel within easy reach of Tulsa travelers. Carriers recently have added routes connecting Tulsa with direct flights to the east and west coasts.
Other advantages of the Tulsa International Airport include:
- 10 minutes from most points in the city including downtown and South Tulsa
- 22 gates and three runways
- Five million people served annually
- 2.5 hours flight time to 95 percent of the U.S. population
A great education starts with a solid foundation in elementary and pre-school. Two dozen school districts offer public education in the Tulsa metropolitan area. In Tulsa County alone, more than 100,000 students are instructed by 15 school districts. Tulsa Public Schools, the largest district in the state, educates more than 42,000 students at more than 80 sites. The district is noted for progressive programs, extensive technology and high levels of community involvement, including the very successful Partner-In-Education program. This program encourages companies to develop partnerships with schools to foster ongoing linkages between business and public education.
Other public school districts such as Jenks, Union, Owasso, Broken Arrow and Bixby offer students outstanding programs that provide a well-rounded educational experience. And, recognized as the 2005 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award recipient, Jenks was awarded the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. Through a top-rated education, students from Tulsa area school districts continually garner impressive honors such as National Merit Scholars and all- American student-athlete awards.
The rich tradition of private schools in Tulsa dates to the 1880s, when small churches and congregations offered educational opportunities. The tradition continues with many outstanding private institutions and religious-based private schools.
Superior Health Care Resources
Quality health care flourishes in Tulsa thanks to several major medical centers, more than 1,800 physicians, 400 dentists, comprehensive health maintenance organizations, 24-hour ground and air emergency medical transportation, and enhanced 911 services.
Saint Francis Health System, St. John Health System and Hillcrest HealthCare System meet a majority of the health care needs for the Tulsa MSA and northeast Oklahoma. In the southern part of the city, SouthCrest Hospital continues to expand its role as a major health care provider. Additional hospital providers include Tulsa Spine Hospital, Saint Francis Heart Hospital, Orthopedic Hospital of Oklahoma, and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Work Hard, Play Hard
Tulsa offers baseball and ballet, famous golf courses or world-class shopping. Stroll among the renowned museums or mountain bike along the Arkansas River. Enjoy the soothing sounds of Light Opera Oklahoma or young professionals can rock to the local music scene at DFest music festival. Tulsa is the perfect choice for every lifestyle.
The Tulsa BOK Center opened its doors in September 2008. This new events center with more than 18,000 person capacity is the perfect entertainment venue located in the heart of Tulsa, the Downtown district. Tulsans love outdoor activities, especially big celebrations that feature superb music and the opportunity to sample different cultures. Tulsa's downtown atmosphere comes alive during our diverse festivals held throughout the year including the Indian Art Festival, Greek Holiday Festival, Tulsa International Mayfest, the Clear Channel RiverFest, the Oklahoma Blues Festival, and Dfest music festival and conference. Each October, polka music, pretzels and beer take center stage along the west bank of the Arkansas River during Oktoberfest, a celebration of German culture that has become one of the largest of its kind in the country.
The Tulsa Zoo has become a magnet for families and animal lovers alike, and for good reason. Thanks to substantial renovations and generous bequests, the zoo has emerged as one of the most impressive zoos in the region and was named America's Favorite Zoo in 2005 by Microsoft Game Studios. More than 1,500 animals, together with exhibits and educational programs, make the zoo a must-see for residents and visitors. The nearby Oxley Nature Center offers more than 800 pristine acres of walking trails through forests, fields and wetlands.
Culture for the Comfortably Cosmopolitan
Tulsa is the center of cultural refinement in Oklahoma. Pioneer oilmen bequeathed a rich cultural legacy and passion for the arts that gives the city a level of polish and sophistication that is unmatched in the state. The City of Tulsa is fortunate to claim the site of world renowned museums including the Gilcrease Museum, the Philbrook Museum, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Performing Arts Center and home to the Tulsa Ballet, Opera and Symphony Orchestra. Providing magnificent backdrops of historical art, architecture and natural landscapes, Tulsa's collection of art it all its forms, equates to the comfortably cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city.
Located in Mid-Town Tulsa, minutes from downtown, Utica Square is an outdoor shopping center with a unique friendly village atmosphere. Utica Square is known for its great stores and restaurants. The charm of urban living exists in areas like Brookside and Cherry Street districts where unique retail establishments identify with Tulsa culture. Residents and visitors stroll the sidewalks lined with restaurants, stores and markets many of which are considered Oklahoma's best. Additional shopping is available at Tulsa's local indoor malls. The Tulsa Promenade and Woodland Hills malls are located within the city limits and in central locations.
Year Round Activities
Tulsa's River Parks system, located near downtown, features playgrounds, picnic areas, and several miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails winding through scenic areas along the banks of the Arkansas River. A mountain biker's favorite, Turkey Mountain offers more rugged trails for the extreme biker and hiker, and all within the city limits.
The River Parks floating stage and amphitheater hosts a variety of seasonal entertainment, the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration and Oktoberfest. A converted railroad bridge spans the river above Zink Lake and Dam, offering fishing or just a quiet view of the downtown skyline.
The Oxley Nature Center at Mohawk Park is one of the largest urban nature centers with habitats ranging from marshland to deep woods. Other parks and attractions that make Tulsa unique include Woodward Park, Tulsa Garden Center, Swan Lake, Woolaroc and the Tulsa Zoo. Additional must see festivals include the annual Mayfest and DFest events. Mohawk Park, the 3rd largest municipal park in the United States and home to the Tulsa Zoological park and North American Living Museum as well, has two 18-hole public golf courses.
Golfing is available virtually year-round at 19 public and seven private country clubs. Tulsa enjoys an above-par reputation when it comes to golf. One reason is that the city is home to the premier Southern Hills Country Golf Club, which served as host for the 2007 PGA Championship in 2007, making it the first course to host this major championship for a fourth time. Spectators from around the world have come to Southern Hills over the years to see the nation's top golfers compete in the PGA, and the U.S. Open Golf Championships. If you're an avid golfer, the selection of public and private courses in the Tulsa area will provide plenty of fun and challenges.
The Great Outdoors within Driving Distance
Recreation opportunities in Tulsa Green Country are limitless and a haven for outdoors-men and women. Hunting, fishing and swimming are all activities you can enjoy in the Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma areas.
With its rolling green hills, sprawling lakes filled with game fish, and tranquil rivers meandering through gorgeous countryside, northeast Oklahoma offers amazing natural beauty and a tantalizing array of outdoor activities. Known simply as "Green Country," the area encompasses thousands of miles of lakeshore, most within short driving distance of the Tulsa area.
The Northeastern Oklahoma area has the most man-made lakes in the nation and Keystone Lake is only 14 miles from downtown Tulsa. Other lakes and outdoor recreation sites are within an hour drive. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Tenkiller offer excellent fishing and scuba diving. The vast expanses of lakes Ft. Gibson, Grand and Eufaula make them a boater's paradise. To the east, the Illinois River offers enchanting scenery and superb facilities for canoeing, camping and weekend float trips.