Information courtesy of the Tulsa Metro Chamber.
Forbes.com’s 2009 “Most Livable Cities” list ranked Tulsa fifth among the nation’s largest metropolitan statistical areas. Cities that make the list boast excellent income growth, cost of living, crime data, unemployment statistics and leisure opportunities.
Tulsa is a base for some of the nation’s most prominent companies, and residents benefit from the second-shortest commute time in the nation. The cost of living is 9 percent below the national average, and per capita income is 16 percent above the national average. Leisure opportunities range from baseball to ballet; Tulsa is known for its golf courses, renowned museums, beautiful parks, a quickly emerging music scene, and the new BOK Center arena.
Here’s how Tulsa rated on the Forbes.com list:
No. 5: Tulsa
Metro population: 910,000
Income growth: 4.9 percent (No. 50 of 379)
Cost of living index: 90.6 (No. 171 of 379)
Culture index: 72 (No. 105 of 379)
Crime per 100,000: 4,462 (No. 250 of 379)
Unemployment: 5.6 percent (No. 21 of 379)