Tulsa : Oklahoma


What It Is 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 McFarlin Library across the Dietler Commons at the University of Tulsa, courtesy of Wikipedia and Jordan Michael Winn in the public domain; photo of fountains courtesy of Wikipedia and Brandon Dewey in the public domain and photo of River Park by Wikipedia and Colleenthegreat in public domain.


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 left). During the 2nd quarter of 2021, the median price of a home was $218,400 according to the NAR.


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

Air travel
Southwest is one airline serving Tulsa
Posted by Twostory on September 13, 2014
Air travel
Which commercial airlines fly into Tulsa?
Posted by codger1 on January 23, 2013
On average, how many tornadoes have there beenin the last ten years?
Posted by codger1 on January 23, 2013

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