Rated in the top 10 cities nationally for quality of life, affordability, and job placement, Tulsa has taken its place as a premier city of the Southwest.
Sparked by the completion of the Cesar Pelli-designed BOK Center arena in 2008, Tulsa is in the midst of revitalizing its downtown with new restaurants, parks, living spaces and venues for the arts. Culturally, we’re blooming with two nationally-recognized museums – Gilcrease Museum and Philbrook Museum of Art – and a thriving local arts community. And the University of Tulsa was rated among the top 100 universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
With a metropolitan population just under 1 million, Tulsa is both big and small. International acts from Paul McCartney to Justin Bieber have played the BOK Center, yet commuters in this compact city have, by one study, the second-shortest drive time in the nation.
The cost of living in Tulsa is around 9 percent below the national average, which means more money to spend on entertainment. Tulsa has its own WNBA team (the Shock), Double A baseball (the Drillers) and professional hockey (the Oilers); ask someone where to dine, and the areas of Brookside, Cherry Street and the Blue Dome District come up. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is home to ballet, opera and theatre. For the family, there’s the Tulsa Zoo, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, the Oklahoma Aquarium (in nearby Jenks) and, in the fall, a state fair (Oklahoma actually has two).
Economically, Tulsa’s unemployment rate is below the national average, and the city serves as a base for many national and regional companies. In the heart of America, there’s no better place to be.