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Tulsa. T-Town. An Oklahoma city with beloved sports teams, underrated dining, and excellent quality of life. Sitting in the heart of Green Country, Tulsa is a sophisticated city that offers the ultimate in metro exploration and easy access to Route 66, making road trips a sinch. With a winning combination of charming communities and outdoor living, Tulsa is the perfect place to visit and live.
Where is Tulsa located?
Expansive lakes, tumbling rivers, rolling hills, and tallgrass prairie are all hallmarks surrounding Tulsa, whose population is just over 400,000 as of 2019. Tulsa is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan area, which has a combined population of nearly a million residents. It’s a lush area that’s both rich in culture and verdant grandeur.
Situated between the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and the Osage Hills, Tulsa sits near the banks of the Arkansas River in a region of Oklahoma known as Green Country. Osage, Wagoner, and Rogers counties neighbor it, and it sits at the heart of Muscogee (Creek) Nation, making it legally on Native American tribal land.
What is Tulsa’s climate?
Tulsa is in a temperate zone, so you will undoubtedly experience all four seasons. Warm summers bring everyone out of doors, and cold winters give enough snow to keep the kids playing outdoors. Spring is vibrant but also brings plenty of rain, subjecting the city to severe thunder and hail storms. Tornadoes are not uncommon in the area as well.
What is Tulsa known for?
Tulsa is a great place to visit with kids. There are many family-friendly things to do. Ride the safari train at the Tulsa Zoo, swim with sharks at the Oklahoma Aquarium, get hands-on with STEM-based activities at the Tulsa Children’s Museum, or kick a ball around on the Guthrie Green.
There’s plenty to do for singles too. The Blue Dome District has a Nightlife that’s alive and kicking. Grab a cold one and listen to some of Tulsa’s best live music at Soundpony. If you’re an 80’s fan, don’t miss the arcade-themed The Max RetroPub. If dancing is your thing, head on over to the Unicorn Club, or see the city from the rooftops of Roof Sixty-Six.
There is a lot of natural beautify in and around Tulsa, making it the perfect place to visit for lovers of the great outdoors. It’s close to the Arkansas River and lakes offering plenty of waterfront recreation dot Green Country.
- Rent a paddleboat at the Gathering Place, a remarkable green space once named the country’s best city parks.
- Visit Centennial Park in the heart of Tulsa, or hike the trails of Oxley Nature Center.
- Spend the day fishing at Lynn Lane Reservoir (and don’t forget to buy your fishing license).
- Visit Woodward Park, where you can take day classes at the Tulsa Garden Center.
- Hike around the humongous Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area and see its unique statues.
In the early 1900s, Tulsa experienced a colossal oil boom. This brought a considerable amount of wealth into the city, resulting in elaborate displays of Art Deco architecture throughout the downtown core in all its geometric glory. So much so that this area is affectionately called the Deco District.
Taking a walking tour of the city’s Art Deco masterpieces is popular with both tourists and residents. Be sure to visit the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church with its high-flying spires and unique statues. The Fire Alarm Building is equally ornate, or the Tulsa Club Hotel which has an interesting blend of modern and 1920s design.
Art, Entertainment, and Festivals
Even though it’s a small city, Tulsa has a must-see arts district and tons of festivals that are worth traveling for, including the Tulsa Mayfest, Germanfest, and the annual Pow Wow of Champions.
Restaurant Row sits in the heart of T-Town. There you can get some of the best eats from Tulsa’s multicultural food scene. You’ll find it hard to beat the aged Top Sirloin at Fish Daddy’s Grill House or the Tom Kha Gai at Lanna’s Thai Restaurant.
Is Tulsa a good place to live?
Tulsa has one of the lowest living costs in the nation, making it a budget-friendly place to live. Affordable housing is something of a trend for this city, frequently topping the Forbes Top 10 Affordable Cities list. With a median home price of only $126,200 and a low tax rate, it’s no wonder Tulsa’s population has snowballed in recent years.
The early 1900s saw an oil boom quickly shoot Tulsa’s economy to promising heights, earning it the title of Oil Capital of the World. But oil isn’t the only booming sector in Tulsa. There are plenty of tech startups, energy industry leaders, and many other industries providing abundant employment opportunities to Tulsa’s residents.
T-Town is also a safe and affordable place to live for families and seniors alike. Its tax-friendly status and excellent healthcare system make it one of the best places to retire in the entire nation. Many seniors choose to relocate to Tulsa to live out their golden years.
What are the neighborhoods of Tulsa?
Tulsa is well known for its fast commutes and is one of the nation’s best cities for driving, meaning it’s easy to get around no matter which of Tulsa’s vibrant neighborhoods you decide to live or stay in.
For those working in Tulsa’s large retail district or its hospital and medical centers, the Forest Orchard neighborhood is a great place to live. Broken Arrow, a suburb located just outside of Tulsa, has a small-town charm all its own while still providing access to downtown.
Greenwood is one of America’s most affluent and historic black communities. A culture center and reconciliation park will let you know a bit more about Greenwood’s past. East village is called the Sunny Side of Downtown and home to apartment complexes and cozy village vibes, while the Kendall Whittier neighborhood is about two miles east and full of indie shops and good eats.