Life in Tulsa

 
Life in Tulsa

Located in northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country and at the geographic center of the United States, Tulsa offers the quality of life only a mid-size community can provide.
 
Tulsa has many of the qualities of a big city such as excellent restaurants, outstanding shopping, and a thriving entertainment scene, but in a community small enough to make everyday life convenient.
 
With its many activities, exceptional golf courses, numerous area lakes and sports teams, Tulsa offers an abundance of family-fun attractions and recreational possibilities. Tulsa is also home to world-class cultural venues such as the Philbrook Museum, Gilcrease Museum, Performing Arts Center and the BOK Center, which features concerts and sporting events.
 
The city boasts a beautiful riverfront with more than 50 miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, jogging and rollerblading along the banks of the Arkansas River. Tulsa’s 800-acre River Parks System includes playgrounds, picnic areas and a 10-mile stretch of paved pathways from downtown to 101st Street.  
 
Tulsa was founded by entrepreneurs and that spirit is alive and thriving today. The city has a well-educated and skilled workforce, as well as a pro-business environment. The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Mosaic program, which is focused on the importance of recruiting, retaining and embracing a diverse population to grow the local economy.
 
Tulsa celebrates a variety of cultural origins through festivals such as Oktoberfest, Greekfest, Shalomfest, Scottish Games and Reggae Festival. The city’s Greenwood Historical District was a prosperous center for black commerce in the early 1900s and continues to be a rich source for jazz and blues.
 
Downtown Tulsa has a blossoming arts district, a big-city economic climate and some of the country’s best examples of art deco architecture. The beautiful skyline harkens back to a colorful past in a city energized for an exciting and vibrant future.
 
Tulsa Facts*
•     No. 1 affordable city in the U.S. (Relocate America, 2010)
•     Cost of living is 8.6 percent below the national average
•     Per capita income is 16 percent above the national average
•     No. 2 among top 10 cities for young people to find a job (The Fiscal Times, 2012)
•     Second shortest commute time in the nation
•     Fifth lowest cost for doing business in the nation
•     Two to three times lower property taxes than the national average 
 
*Source: Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce.