Best Cities 2010: Tulsa, OK

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Best Cities 2010: Tulsa, OK

Birthplace to country singer Garth Brooks, Tulsa is another great place to work with a short commute and a steady home value.

City: Tulsa

State: Oklahoma

Best Cities Overall Rank: 38

About Tulsa: Country singer, Garth Brooks, was born in Tulsa.

Tulsa’s economy holds well with best jobs ranking 84 and home value ranking 98; the 5-year home value index is 4.4%.

County: Tulsa

Population: 385,635

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Tulsa World

Tulsa blogs: Crash Test Mommy, Dawn’s Diversions, That’s Baloney 

Tulsa‘s Facebook page: Follow Tulsa on Facebook 

Tulsa‘s Twitter page: Follow Tulsa on Twitter


Education rank: 79

High School graduation rate 2008: 73.96%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 2

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.52

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 23

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 5.96

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 259

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $8,987


Health rank: 52

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.26

Quality Pediatricians: 5

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 1.29

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 1


Safety rank: 57

Violent Crimes, 2008: 4922

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1276.34

Sex Offenders: 311

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 80.65


Economy rank: 5   

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 17.8        

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.19    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 512.89

Median Home Sale Price: $112,500                   

5-Year Home Value Index: 4.4%             

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 14.28%


Recreation Rank:  38

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 5,995         

Parkland per 100,000: 1554.58