Tulsa : Oklahoma

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What it's Like to Retire in Tulsa

Tulsa is located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, at the foot of the Ozark Mountains. It has a large number of lakes and hills, compared to the rest of the state, and contains more than half of its parks. Tulsa is considered Oklahoma's cultural and arts center, as it is home to two world-renowned art museums, along with professional opera and ballet companies. Thanks to the vast oil wealth it accumulated as the headquarters for many oil companies, Tulsa is also a college town with over a dozen institutions of higher learning, which include the University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University, and Rogers State University. In 2012, Business Week ranked Tulsa as one of the top 50 best cities in America. Photo of Philtower courtesy of Wikipedia and jordanmac101


Where to Retire in Tulsa and Home Prices

Midtown is the historical residential core, which features Art Deco to Greek Revival architecture. There are active communities in the Tulsa area (see link at top right). In Q3 of 2015 the median price of a home was $151,700 according to the NAR, which is well below the national median of $229,000.


What is special about Tulsa

Tulsa is probably the most dynamic city in Oklahoma with many attractions and well-funded institutions such as the Philbrook Museum. Its Southern Hills Country Club is the frequent host of major PGA golf tournaments. There are 135 parks, a Zoo, and film festivals. Since 1969 1% of the city's annual budget is dedicated to the public display of art.


What is not special about Tulsa

The crime rate is almost double the national average, indicating there are some urban neighborhoods with a crime problem.


Who will like retirement in Tulsa

People who want to live in the midwest in an interesting city with below average cost of housing will like it here.


Local economy is driven by

The oil industry has long been the centerpiece of the Tulsa economy, but there is economic diversity. According to Wikipedia the city's largest employer is an American Airlines maintenance facility at the Tulsa International Airport. There is also an inland seaport.


Climate and Physical Environment

Tulsa is in the northeast corner of Oklahoma.  The average January temperature is in the high 30s and the average July temp is in the low 80s.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

One of the most impressive features about Tulsa is that 1% of the city budget is dedicated to public displays of art. Tulsa has a long list of cultural institutions, including its universities and colleges. There are a number of museums including the Philbrook Museum, which is considered one of the top 50 fine art museums in the United States(see this article in the WSJ).  Art and artifact collections of the American West are featured at the Gilcrease Museum. There are ballet, opera, and symphonies companies, in addition to several theatres. The centerpiece of the downtown Brady Arts Distric is the Brady Theater.



The crime rate is almost double the national average.


Medical facilities

St. Francis Hospital and St. Johns Medical Center provide up to date medical care, along with all types of medical specialists.



Tulsa Transit has 97 vehicles. Tulsa International Airport provides commercial service.


Valuable Links

Tulsa Convention and Visitors Center


What people are saying about Tulsa

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Southwest is one airline serving Tulsa
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Facts about TULSA
  • State: OK
  • Environment: Urban,College Town,Cultural Center,All ages,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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