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Nestled in the heart of the Green Country in Northeast Oklahoma, Tulsa — a thriving metropolis of culture, heritage and family — can be found. The large Oklahoman city, known as T-Town, is a great place to put down roots, having numerous conveniences and opportunities with residents who are friendly and proud of their city. Whether it be Downtown, Midtown, West Tulsa or South Tulsa, no shortage exists of scenic beauty or things to do.
As Oklahoma’s second largest city, Tulsa contains a population of 403,505 with an average household income of $40,924, less than $10,000 below the national average. However, with a national average of 100, Tulsa cost of living index stands at 84.8, making it an extremely affordable place to live. The median home sales price of $102,000 makes Tulsa an affordable real estate market for homeowners looking for a great location. And with 70% of households being family households and the average resident around 36 years old, the city is a great place for families and homebuyers alike.
Tulsa is considered the cultural and arts hub for the state of Oklahoma. It boasts over 140 parks and a variety of museums and attractions. The city has its own full-time opera company, performing arts center and ballet company and also possesses a great deal of art deco architecture, one of the densest regions in the nation, making it an artistic and beautiful downtown. The center of downtown houses the Brady Arts District with many places for actives, but none more scenic than the Guthrie Green, an urban park where bands, movies, and events can perform and take place. The Blue Dome District, a remnant of old route 66, is another charming area, which hosts a plethora of events, festivals, and nightlife. The city also contains an urban wilderness, Turkey Mountain, and the largest bronze statue in the world, The Praying Hands on the Oral Roberts University campus.
Originally Native American territory inhabited by the Five Civilized Tribes after the trail of tears, the region was named Tallasi, meaning old town, by Chief Tukabahchi. The name later evolved into Tulsa. The early 20th century brought a boom in the oil industry after the Glen Pool was discovered 15 miles south of the city. The boom brought with it people and industry, and for much of the 20th century, Tulsa became nicknamed the oil capital of the world. Tulsa also contained one of the most booming and thriving black communities for the century, what became known as the “Black Wall Street.” The city was also the birthplace of Route 66, which brought many tourists and business to the area. Despite hardships in the oil industry, the history and diversity of Tulsa have grown it into the thriving metropolis it is today.
Tulsa contains a variety of both public and private schools. Union Public School, rated number 5 in the state, ranks as one of the safest and most diverse school districts in Oklahoma. It has excellent academics as well as extremely competitive sports and a vast array of resources, clubs, activities and facilities for students. Booker T Washington high school is another top-notch public school with some of the highest rankings in safety and academics for the Tulsa area. And the city possesses the highest rated private schools in the area and in the state such as Bishop Kelly, Holland Hall, Lincoln Christian and Victory Christian School. It’s easy to see that Tulsa provides no shortage of amazing educational opportunities for children.
Tulsa offers a little something for everyone. From the Philbrook Museum to the Gilcrease Museum to the Tulsa Zoo to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, many places exist for learning and culture in the area. And with the city resting in the foothills of the Ozarks and the Arkansas River running through its center, there are a plethora of outdoor activities as well. Turkey Mountain, an urban wilderness located close to Midtown, has a variety of hiking and biking trails for the outdoorsy type. And all along the riverside are paved running trails. For sports-loving residents, Tulsa has two Division 1 college sports teams: The University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University. The city also enjoys minor league sports like the Drillers (baseball), Oilers (hockey) and Roughnecks (soccer).
Tulsa offers every type of eatery and innumerable forms of shopping. From world-wide chains to family-owned diners, Down Town Tulsa has every cuisine at every price range to offer. Try Smokes in downtown for some high-quality BBQ. For the perfect brunch or dinner spot, head to 2nd street to Dilly’s Diner. Or wait to enjoy food trucks every Wednesday on the Guthrie Green. Midtown provides some of the most popular and well-kept shopping areas of the city, Utica square and Brookside offer boutique shopping and unique dining experience, making them the perfect locations for a day out. Across town, Woodland Hills Mall brings with it commercial stores and chain restaurants, rounding out the experiences a city like Tulsa offers.
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