Tulsa was named one of America’s most livable cities by Partners for Livable Communities. In 2009, Tulsa was ranked 8th in a list of U.S. cities for the future compiled by Forbes magazine.
This Ozark region metropolis was once called the “oil capital of the world,” and has since diversified into telecommunications, finance, aviation and the technology sector.
Tulsa is located in northeast Oklahoma, near the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, and is the second-biggest city in the state. What can seniors that relocate to this quintessentially American city expect?
Continue reading to learn about the people who live here, the climate, and the natural wonders of Tulsa.
Tulsa is the 47th most populous city in the U.S. according to the 2010 Census, with over 400,000 residents.
The ethnic makeup of Tulsa is:
58% of residents are Non-Hispanic Whites
African-Americans comprise about 16% of Tulsans
Latinos are 14% of Tulsa’s population
The Native American population is an impressive 5.5%
Of 164,000 households, 27% have at least one child under the age of 18.
38% of those households are married couples, and 15% have a female head of household with no husband present.
10% of Tulsa households have someone aged 65 or older living there.
25% of Tulsa residents are under 18 years of age, while 30% of Tulsans are between the ages of 25 and 44.
The median income in Tulsa is about $40,000 per year, and the average family income is a little higher at $52,000 per year.
About 20% of the population in Tulsa lives below the poverty line.
Tulsa residents are well-educated; 87% of Tulsans hold a high school diploma, and almost 26% have achieved a bachelor’s degree or higher.
With a median yearly temperature of 61 degrees Fahrenheit, Tulsa’s climate is temperate/humid subtropical. Tulsans enjoy all four seasons but tend to receive occasionally severe weather. Summer and spring are wet and humid, with copious rain, although winter snow averages a manageable 10 inches per year.
Tulsa is well-known for heavy thunderstorms and hails in the spring and summer months. Also, the area is subject to occasional tornadoes. Hail in Tulsa can be large and dangerous, causing roof and car damage.
While Tulsa is subject to extreme flooding, the city has one of the most extensive flood control systems in the U.S.
Tulsans will endure temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit about 11 days of the year, and high humidity; Tulsa summers can be challenging.
Winters in Tulsa are mild, and temperatures will dip below 10 degrees Fahrenheit infrequently.
Tulsans enjoy visiting the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve when they want a taste of Tulsa’s wildlife.
Woolaroc has 3,700-acres of natural habitats and a working ranch that takes care of the animals in a protected setting.
Visitors can marvel at the massive American Bison, majestic elk, and longhorn cattle. Non-native species at the preserve include Japanese Sika deer, North European fallow deer, water buffalo, ostriches, and pigmy goats.
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