Moving to Tulsa, OK

Thinking about moving to Tulsa?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 11,184 people have moved to Tulsa, an increase of 2.9%. New residents are attracted to Tulsa’s strong economic prospects, affordable housing, and low cost of living.

Where Are All the New Residents of Tulsa Moving From?

Once known as the oil capital of the world, Tulsa is now home to companies in a variety of industries, from aerospace to public relations to financial services and even sonar equipment manufacturing. Tulsa is…


Despite what those unfamiliar with Tulsa might think, it isn’t some boring Midwestern backwater. Tulsa boats world-renowned museums, a professional opera and ballet, and 15 institutions of higher education. Tulsa’s downtown is famous for its Art Deco architecture thanks to a building boom in the early 20th century. There’s also a vibrant youth counterculture in Tulsa, mixing easily with more conservative Oklahoma cowboys.

Living

Tulsa is home to 403,090 Tulsans. With an area of 196.8 square miles, Tulsa has a population density of 2,048 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Tulsa, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 987,201 people, of which Tulsa proper’s population makes up 41%.

Housing

Affordable housing is one of best things Tulsa has going for it. The median home value in Tulsa is $108,400, -46% below the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Tulsa is $74. Over the past 5 years, home values in Tulsa have increased by 3%.

Renters in Tulsa will also have an easy time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Tulsa is $958 per month, which is 33% lower than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Tulsa have decreased by 3.1%.

Economy

Tulsa’s economy is growing strong. The Tulsa metro area’s GDP grew by 18% between 2010 and 2015, from $46 billion in 2010 to $55 billion in 2015, a total increase of $9 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $55,312. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Tulsa, OK is $50,023, 3% higher than the national median. Tulsa’s unemployment rate is 5%.

Tulsa, OK Arts and Entertainment

Ike’s Chili House

1503 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK, United States

Tally’s Good Food Café

1102 South Yale Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74112, USA

The Rusty Crane

109 N Detroit Avenue Tulsa , USA

Palace Cafe

1301 E 15th Street Tulsa, OK , USA

Hank’s Hamburgers

East Admiral Place Tulsa OK , USA

Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

6823 S Yale Avenue Tulsa OK , USA

El Rancho Grande

1629 E 11th Street Tulsa, OK, USA

Evelyn’s Soul Food

3014 N 74th E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74115, USA

Elmer’s BBQ

4130 S Peoria Avenue Tulsa, OK, USA

Restaurants
Ike’s Chili House
Tally’s Good Food Café
The Rusty Crane
Palace Cafe
Hank’s Hamburgers
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
El Rancho Grande
Evelyn’s Soul Food
Elmer’s BBQ

Valkyrie

13 E Brady St Tulsa, OK 74103

The Soundpony

409 N Main St Tulsa, OK 74103

The Dust Bowl

211 S Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120

The Max

114 S Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120

Legends

514 E 2nd St, Tulsa, OK 74120

Sutures

7133 South Yale Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74136, United States

Electric Circus

222 E 1st St, Tulsa, OK 74103

The Hunt Club

224 N Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103

Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

1413 E 15th St Tulsa, OK 74120

Nightlife
Valkyrie
The Soundpony
The Dust Bowl
The Max
Legends
Sutures
Electric Circus
The Hunt Club
Kilkenny’s Irish Pub

Tulsa Opera

1610 S Boulder Ave, Tulsa, OK 74119

Tulsa Ballet

1212 E 45th Pl, Tulsa, OK 74105

Philbrook Museum of Art

2727 S Rockford Rd Tulsa, OK 74114

Gilcrease Museum

1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd Tulsa, OK 74127

Woody Guthrie Center

102 E Brady Tulsa, OK 74103

Tulsa Art Deco Museum

511 S Boston Ave Tulsa, OK 74103

Tulsa Air and Space Museum

3624 N 74th E Ave Tulsa, OK 74115

Oklahoma Aquarium

300 Aquarium Dr Jenks, OK 74037

Culture
Tulsa Opera
Tulsa Ballet
Philbrook Museum of Art
Gilcrease Museum
Woody Guthrie Center
Tulsa Art Deco Museum
Tulsa Air and Space Museum
Oklahoma Aquarium

Weather

If hot weather isn’t your thing, you might want to think twice before moving to Tulsa. Tulsa winters are cold, with an average temperature of 44 degrees. Summers in Tulsa are hot, with an average temperature of 80 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 69 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 51 degrees.

Don’t worry too much about packing your umbrella. Tulsa only sees 84 rainy days per year on average and has an average annual rainfall of 36.5 inches. Tulsa is relatively dry, with an average annual relative humidity of 65. And don’t foget to bring your sunglasses and tanning lotion! Tulsa gets an average of 3,089 sunny hours per year and 139 sunny days, more than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Tulsa does have some problems with violent crime, with a violent crime rate of 904 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a higher rate than average. Property crime rates in Tulsa are relatively high, with a rate of 5,203 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Traffic is not as big of a problem in Tulsa as it is in many other US cities. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Tulsa spends 9.7 hours in traffic each year, with about 3% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a lower portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Tulsa is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Tulsa has a regional price parity of 99.2, -9.4% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Tulsa’s workforce is not as educated as comparable cities. Only 17% is in possession of a Bachelor’s degree, and 13% of the population did not complete High School. Only 7% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Tulsa is 36.7 years. 49.1% of the population in the Tulsa metro area is male, while 50.9% is female. 5.8% of the metro population is foreign born. In terms of racial demographics, Tulsa is 73% white, 8% African American, and 7% Asian.

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