Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma. Despite its location in what is known as Tornado Alley, it has been dubbed one of America’s most livable large cities by both Forbes and Relocate America. Tulsa’s present-day culture has been influenced by the city’s Native American roots as well as its oil industry. The Golden Driller, a large statue built for the 1966 International Petroleum Expo, still stands today and illustrates the deep impact of the oil industry in the area.
The area where Tulsa exists today was originally used for the relocation of Native American tribes, after the passage of the Indian Removal Act. But, in 1892, the land surrounding Tulsa was officially opened to white settlers who flocked to the city via the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroads. Tulsa was a popular trading city until 1905 when the Glenn Pool Oil Field was discovered. Tulsa then became the “Oil Capital of the Nation” and grew into a thriving community. Since the 1950s, Tulsa has been redeveloping downtown and residential areas resulting in the city’s modern-day skyline.
Tulsa has mild winters with little snowfall. Spring and fall are characterized by storms, while the summer has mild temperatures with low humidity. The annual average temperature in Tulsa is 63.0° F.
Tulsa Transit provides public transportation throughout the city. Ridership has been increasing steadily since 2002 with the rise of gas prices, traffic congestion and concern for Tulsa’s air quality.
Cost of Living in Tulsa
The cost of living in Tulsa is less expensive than the U.S. average. Use these tools to find out how your budget will be affected after moving to Tulsa.
As northeastern Oklahoma’s largest school district, Tulsa Public Schools provides an education to nearly 42,000 students on 88 different campuses.
St. John Medical Center is the top ranked hospital in Tulsa and is a regional leader in neurosurgery, oncology, bariatrics and radiology specialties. St. John Medical Center is also the only facility in northeastern Oklahoma recognized for nursing excellence. The St. John Health System also includes 11 other medical facilities and labs in the Tulsa area. If you have recently relocated to Tulsa, make sure you know what medical resources are available to you:
Tulsa Real Estate
Tulsa has 120 neighborhoods, some of which include the most expensive real estate in Oklahoma. Use the links below to find homes in Tulsa that fit with your lifestyle and budget.
Tulsa offers many hotel options from standard hotels, to bed and breakfasts, to campground locations. Use these links to find the accommodations to suit your plans for a visit to Tulsa.
With over 1000 restaurants, Tulsa offers many cuisines - from American favorites to dishes unique to the area. Use these links to explore the dining options in Tulsa.
Things to Do In Tulsa
Tulsa has all the choices in entertainment of a large city, without overwhelming guests with too many possibilities. The arts are vibrant in Tulsa and range from live performances to galleries and exhibits. And, for outdoor fun, visit Tulsa’s gardens, parks, or the zoo. Use the links below to peruse all of Tulsa’s attractions and events.