About Tulsa

Centrally located in the United States, Tulsa is a great balance of a big-city economic climate with the quality of life that only a smaller community can provide. Tulsa is a dynamic, growing region that offers the fifth-lowest cost for doing business in the nation at 7.1% below the national average. A number of the nation's largest companies are headquartered in Tulsa because of its central location, pro-business environment and insulation from the current national recession. American Airlines, QuikTrip Corporation, Dollar-Thrifty Automotive, Williams Companies, ONEOK, and Hilti, a ConnectShip customer, all have headquarters or facilities in Tulsa.

Many high-profile businesses have recently relocated to Tulsa as well, including Coca Cola Enterprises, DMI Industries, Gannett, Verizon Wireless, and Shaw Industries. Noteworthy expansions include Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dish Network, Whirlpool, and Flight Safety International. These companies cite many reasons for selecting Tulsa, including a skilled, reliable workforce, low business costs with high value amenities, and an attractive community in which to live and work. Tulsa's workers benefit as well with the second shortest commute time in the nation, a cost of living which is 11.5% below the national average, and a per capita income 20.7% above the national average.

Regularly recognized for its livability, in the first quarter 2009, Tulsa ranked No. 5 on the Forbes list of "America's Most Livable Cities," and CNNMoney.com declared Tulsa the No. 1 "Hot Market" for million-dollar homes. Welcome to Tulsa!

  • Tulsa is ranked No. 12 on Forbes magazine's list of America’s Fastest-Recovering Cities.
  • Site Selection magazine has ranked Oklahoma No. 18 on its Top Business Climate for 2009.
  • No. 7 on the BusinessWeek.com list of the 40 top economies based on job growth, employment, economic growth and home prices.
  • Tulsa is No. 1 for having the best cost of living among areas with a population of more than 500,000 and No. 2 for its quality of life according to the August edition of Business Facilities magazine.
  • CNNMoney.com listed Tulsa as the 19th best mid-sized metro area for launching a new business.
  • Tulsa was ranked ninth best livable city in terms of best bargains for real estate by MSN Real Estate.
  • Forbes ranked the Tulsa region as the sixth best metropolitan area for jobs among the 100 largest metro areas.

Source: Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, 2009,

For more information about what to do and see in Tulsa, view the Urban Tulsa Weekly's Annual Manual, or visit the Tulsa Convention & Visitor's Bureau Website.