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Overview

Introduction to Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa is located in northeastern Oklahoma on the Arkansas River. With a population of around 390,000, it is the second-largest city in the state. Settled in the 1830s by Creek Indians, Tulsa attracted white settlers and became a cattle-shipping center with the arrival of railroads in 1882. An oil boom at the turn of the century brought dramatic growth. Once known as the "Oil Capital of the World," Tulsa remains an important center for the industry, with a diversified economy now embracing other industries such as aerospace, chemicals, computer parts and industrial machinery. Tulsa is particularly attractive to high-tech industries, and also encourages small businesses - 80% of its businesses employ less than 10 people. With an income level 11% above the national average and a cost of living 4% below, Tulsa is a great place to live.

Tulsa Culture

Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum features American art from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on western art. Its vast collection, once owned by Tulsa oil magnate Thomas Gilcrease and bought by the city in 1955, includes 10,000 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by 400 artists. Of Frederic Remington's 22 bronzes, 18 can be seen here. Other Tulsa museums and cultural attractions include the Fenster Museum of Jewish Art, the Philbrook Museum of Art and the Tulsa Air and Space Center. The city is home to the Tulsa Zoo and the Oklahoma Aquarium. Mayfest is a 4-day outdoor music and arts festival that attracts 250,000 annually.

Tulsa Sports and Leisure

Several minor league sports teams are based in Tulsa. The Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, play at Drillers Stadium downtown. The Tulsa Convention Center is home to the hockey's Tulsa Oilers and arena football's Tulsa Talons. Tulsa is also the site of many horse exhibitions and shows throughout the year, including the World Palomino Horse Show.

Tulsa Outdoors

For recreation, Tulsa offers great weather, a first rate park system and plenty of lakes, with more man-made lakes in Tulsa than anywhere in the country. A favorite destination for runners is the 3-mile paved track in South Tulsa's LaFortune Park. There are 16 public golf courses within the city, including a lighted par 3 at LaFortune Park. The nearby Ozark Mountains offer hiking trails and plenty of lakes for boating, skiing and fishing.

Tulsa at Night

Tulsa has a lively nightlife, with a surprisingly good array of evening options for a city its size.

People

Total Population 398,082
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 13%
Employed Population 16+ 186,251
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 42.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,451
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,717
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,295

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,988
% Above Poverty Level 79.8%
% Below Poverty Level 20.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 34.8%
Median Gross Rent $743
Median House Value $124,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 10.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tulsa Almanac

Category Value
County Tulsa
Metro Area Tulsa
Standard Zip Codes 74103, 74104, 74105, 74106, 74107, 74108, 74110, 74112, 74114, 74115, 74116, 74117, 74119, 74120, 74126, 74127, 74128, 74129, 74130, 74131, 74132, 74133, 74134, 74135, 74136, 74137, 74145, 74146, 74172
P.O. Box Zip Codes 74101, 74102, 74121, 74147, 74148, 74149, 74150, 74152, 74153, 74155, 74156, 74157, 74158, 74159, 74169, 74170
Company Zip Codes 74141, 74171, 74182, 74183, 74184, 74186, 74187, 74189, 74192, 74193, 74194
Phone Area Codes 918
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.153
Longitude -95.992

Tulsa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station TULSA INTL AP
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 50 to 72 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 74 F
Annual Precip 42.4 inches
Station BIXBY
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 46 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 40.4 inches
Station CLAREMORE 2 ENE
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 45 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Tulsa, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Williams Center (74172)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Broken Arrow 103,437 $75,928
Jenks 19,030 $93,855
Owasso 32,650 $73,868
Sand Springs 19,397 $62,063
Sapulpa 20,399 $52,709
Sperry 1,140 $52,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Tulsa Public Libraries

Library
Tulsa City-county Library System
400 CIVIC CENTER
Tulsa, Oklahoma
(918) 596-7977
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Tulsa Hospitals

ST JOHN MEDICAL CENTER, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1923 SOUTH UTICA AVENUE
(918) 744-2159
Emergency Service: Yes

HILLCREST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1120 SOUTH UTICA AVENUE
(918) 579-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

TULSA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
744 WEST 9TH STREET
(918) 587-2561
Emergency Service: Yes

TULSA SPINE & SPECIALTY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
6901 SOUTH OLYMPIA AVENUE
(918) 388-5701
Emergency Service: Yes

SAINT FRANCIS HEART HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
10501 EAST 91ST STREET SOUTH
(918) 307-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

SOUTHCREST HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
8801 SOUTH 101ST EAST AVENUE
(918) 294-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

SOUTHWESTERN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
10109 EAST 79TH STREET SOUTH
(918) 496-5000
Emergency Service: No

SAINT FRANCIS HOSPITAL, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
6161 SOUTH YALE
(918) 494-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL OF OKLAHOMA
(Proprietary)
2408 EAST 81ST STREET, SUITE 300
(918) 477-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tulsa High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

UNION HS
6636 S. MINGO
918-459-2638
Serves 1,853 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

MEMORIAL HS
5840 S. HUDSON
918-833-9600
Serves 1,391 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HS
1514 EAST ZION
918-925-1000
Serves 1,251 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

EAST CENTRAL HS
12150 E 11 ST.
918-746-9700
Serves 1,177 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

WILL ROGERS HS
3909 E 5TH PLACE
918-833-9000
Serves 1,137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

CENTRAL HS
3101 W. EDISON
918-833-8400
A Title I School.
Serves 1,049 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

THOMAS EDISON PREPARATORY HS
2906 E. 41 STREET
918-746-8500
Serves 1,018 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

NATHAN HALE HS
6960 E. 21ST STREET
918-925-1200
Serves 966 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21

TULSA HS FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOL
4929 NORTH PEORIA AVENUE
918-833-8500
A Title I School.
Serves 732 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

DANIEL WEBSTER HS
1919 W. 40
918-746-8000
Serves 641 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

BERRYHILL HS
2901 SOUTH 65 WEST AVE
918-446-1636
Serves 311 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

TULSA SCHL OF ARTS & SCIENCES
5155 E. 51ST STREET STE. 200
918-828-7727
A Charter School.
Serves 240 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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