The region's ethnic diversity is felt, too: its BBQ traditions bear the influences of white, African-American and American Indian foodways. Tulsa is an area in Tulsa County,Oklahoma with a population of 402,223. Downtown Tulsa is an area of approximately 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) surrounded by an inner-dispersal loop created by Interstate 244, Highway 64, and Highway 75. [120] The museum includes the extensive collection of Native American oilman and famed art collector Thomas Gilcrease with numerous works by Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and John James Audubon among the many displayed. Although Oklahoma was not yet a state during the Civil War, the Tulsa area saw its share of fighting. 68. [59] Much of Tulsa's convention space is located in downtown, such as the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, the Tulsa Convention Center, and the BOK Center. [13] Two institutions of higher education within the city have sports teams at the NCAA Division I level, Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa. [200] The city serves as the seat of county government for Tulsa County, and lies mostly within Oklahoma's 1st congressional district, with its far northwestern areas in southern Osage County in Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district. These include a series of linear parks that run adjacent to the Arkansas River for about 10 miles (16 km) from downtown to the Jenks bridge. [99], Traditionally, Tulsa's economy has been led by the energy industry. In December 1907, control of the public schools passed from the city government to the Tulsa Board of Education. [115] In 2007, the airport completed most of an expansion project, which included larger terminal sizes and the addition of restaurants and shops. 1,[27] was established. Known as the "Oil Capital of the World" for most of the 20th century, the city's success in the energy industry prompted construction booms in the popular Art Deco style of the time. According to the 2010 Census, Tulsa had a population of 391,906 and the racial and ethnic composition was as follows: The metropolitan area has at least four religious radio stations (KCFO, KNYD, KXOJ, & KPIM), and at least two religious TV stations (KWHB & KGEB). Tulsa is also home to the Marshall Brewing Company. Spanning over 202 miles, Tulsa has a population density of 2,008 people per square mile. [citation needed]. [30], In 1925, Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery, known as the "Father of Route 66,"[32] began his campaign to create a road linking Chicago to Los Angeles by establishing the U.S. Highway 66 Association in Tulsa, earning the city the nickname the "Birthplace of Route 66". At its creation, the association worked to provide petroleum to the Allied forces. [196] It is expected to be completed by the late summer of 2021. "This race is super fast as riders weave through crowded streets lined with cheering spectators, live music, and tons of vendors". [199], A city councilor from each of the city's nine council districts is elected every two years, each serving a term of two years. These include the 270-acre LaFortune Park in Midtown Tulsa,[185] and the 192-acre Chandler Park. Buses stop at specific stops such as Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, CityPlex Towers, Cox Communications, the various medical facilities in Tulsa, and many shopping destinations, hotels, and schools. A number of concert venues, dance halls, and bars gave rise to the Tulsa Sound but Cain's Ballroom might be the best known. [264], In accordance with the Tulsa Global Alliance, which operates in conjunction with Sister Cities International, an organization that began under President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, Tulsa has been given eight international sister cities in an attempt to foster cross-cultural understanding:[267][268], Coat of arms at sister city Celle (Germany), granite artwork below signpost, "Tulsa" redirects here. Holmes Peak, north of the city, is the tallest point in the Tulsa Metro area at 1,360 ft (415 m)[50] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 186.8 square miles (484 km2), of which 182.6 square miles (473 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (2.24%) is water. [191] In 2019, Gathering Place made Time Magazine's list of The World's 100 Greatest Places of 2019,[192][193] National Geographic's list of 12 Mind-Bending Playgrounds Around the World,[194] and the American Planning Association's list of six great public spaces in America. Tulsa is also home to the nationally acclaimed premium smoker manufacturer Hasty-Bake Company. [228], Among trade schools located in Tulsa are Community Care College (including branches Oklahoma Technical College and Clary Sage College),[229] Holberton School Tulsa, and Tulsa Tech. [7] The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma,[8] with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties. Located near the western edge of the U.S. An American Airlines maintenance base at Tulsa International Airport is the city's largest employer and the largest maintenance facility in the world, serving as the airline's global maintenance and engineering headquarters. Since 2007 a significant portion of the River Parks area has been renovated with new trails, landscaping, and playground equipment. Cain's is considered the birthplace of Western Swing,[132] housed the performance headquarters of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys during the 1930s. The market is also home to several religious stations including TBN owned-and-operated station KDOR-TV (channel 17), religious/secular independent station KWHB (channel 47), and Oral Roberts University-owned KGEB (channel 53, which is distributed nationwide via satellite as GEB America). Tulsa is also home to a number of vibrant Mainline Protestant congregations. Tornado activity: North Tulsa-area historical tornado activity is near Oklahoma state average.It is 164% greater than the overall U.S. average.. On 5/5/1960, a category F5 (max. Its location in the center of the nation also makes it a hub for logistics businesses; the Tulsa International Airport (TUL) and the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, connect the region with international trade and transportation. The per capita income for the city was $26,727. [243], The Tulsa International Airport, which is home to nine commercial airlines, serves more than three million travelers annually, with almost 80 departures every day. In 1920, the school merged with a proposed McFarlin College to become the University of Tulsa (abbreviated as TU). Tulsa reached it's highest population of 404,182 in 2016. The Tulsa Sound heavily influenced musicians Eric Clapton and Jimmy Markham. [113] The Tulsa Port of Catoosa and the Tulsa International Airport house extensive transit-focused industrial parks. As to private chartered bus companies, Red Carpet Charters[242] a/k/a Red Carpet Trailways of Tulsa is an independent member of the Trailways Charter Bus Network. [21] In 2012, Tulsa was ranked among the top 50 best cities in the United States by BusinessWeek. [56] Intended to be an architectural icon,[57] the building was designed by César Pelli, the architect of the Petronas Towers in Malaysia. [197] Phil Wood, a Democrat, held the position for 21 years before being defeated by Republican Preston Doerflinger in the 2009 election. The north half of this facility opened in 1917, while the south half opened in 1922. Average monthly precipitation is lowest from December to February, and peaks dramatically in May, which averages 5.9 inches of rainfall. This region, marked by secluded homes and suburban neighborhoods, contains one of the state's largest shopping malls, Woodland Hills Mall, as well as Southern Hills Country Club, and Oral Roberts University. In March 2008, Tulsa Ballet was featured on the cover of Pointe magazine- a distinction given to only one ballet company each year. [167], Two Tulsa universities compete at the NCAA Division I level: the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane, and the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles. Oil was discovered in 1901, and a flood of entrepreneurs made their way to the city, pushing the population to more than 140,000 by 1930, with an early peak of 180,000 in 1909. [103] Usually among the lowest in the nation in terms of cost of doing business, the Tulsa Metropolitan Area in 2005 was rated among the five lowest metropolitan areas in the United States for that category. Heavily wooded and with abundant parks and water areas, the city has several prominent hills, such as "Shadow Mountain" and "Turkey Mountain", which create varied terrain, especially in its southern portions. [124] As a testament to the city's oil heritage, the 76-foot (23 m) Golden Driller guards the front entrance to the Tulsa County Fairgrounds. [104], Tulsa's primary employers are small and medium-sized businesses: there are 30 companies in Tulsa that employ more than 1,000 people locally,[105] and small businesses make up more than 80% of the city's companies. Tulsa is a city located in Oklahoma.With a 2020 population of 396,543, it is the 2nd largest city in Oklahoma (after Oklahoma City) and the 49th largest city in the United States. For other uses, see, "Oil Capital of the World", "Tulsey Town", "T-Town", "Buckle of the Bible Belt", "The 918". Though internal transportation is largely dependent on automobiles, the city was ranked in 2005 among the five lowest metropolitan areas for average price of gas at the pump.[237]. Cable television service in the area is provided by Cox Communications, which acquired Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI)'s franchise rights to the area in a $2.85-billion deal (which also included the purchase of AT&T Broadband's Louisiana cable systems, minority ownership of TCA Cable TV systems in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico, and TCI's Peak Cablevision systems in four other Oklahoma cities, and select markets in Arkansas, Utah and Nevada) in July 1999; Cox assumed control of TCI's Tulsa-area systems on March 15, 2000. [58] The area serves as Tulsa's financial and business district, and is the focus of a large initiative to draw tourism, which includes plans to capitalize on the area's historic architecture. [262] Other networks, such as Hillcrest Health System, operate a number of facilities in varying sizes. Tulsa has an extensive highway system that connects drivers to many cities in the region such as Joplin, Missouri on the Will Rogers Turnpike and Oklahoma City on the Turner Turnpike. [140] On a smaller scale, the city hosts block parties during a citywide "Block Party Day" each year, with festivals varying in size throughout city neighborhoods. The school was accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges in 1913. [158], By and large, Tulsa's traditional cuisine reflects the influence of Southern foodways, particularly "upland South and... Texas where many of Oklahoma's nineteenth-century population originated. The BOK Center, Tulsa's new arena, incorporates many of the city's most prominent themes, including Native American, art deco, and contemporary architectural styles. The unemployment rate of Tulsa in August 2014 was 4.5%.[110][111]. [77] The lowest recorded temperature was −16 Â°F (−27 Â°C) on January 22, 1930. Tulsa has a large conservative following, with the majority of Tulsans being Christians. From 1978 to 1984, the city hosted the Tulsa Roughnecks, who played in the now-defunct North American Soccer League and won that league's championship in 1983. There are 195,203 male residents living in Tulsa and 207,020 female residents. [63], In 2016 Walk Score ranked Tulsa 34th "most walkable" of 141 U.S. cities with a population greater than 200,000. [253] Due to contractual provisions of its 2014 purchase from the State of Oklahoma of the “Sooner Sub” trackage running from Sapulpa, Oklahoma near Tulsa to Del City, Oklahoma near Oklahoma City, the Stillwater Central Railroad was obligated to start such a service by August 2019. The city was estimated in 2011 by the U.S. Census Bureau to have 396,466 residents. Tulsa is home to the famous Southern Hills Country Club, which is one of only two courses that have hosted seven men's major championships: three U.S. Two rings of suburbs surround Tulsa, and the cityscape of the inner city with the ring of suburbs forms the immediate Tulsa Urban Area, separated from the second ring of suburbs. The old building was taken over by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. [citation needed], Oral Roberts University, a charismatic Christian institution with an enrollment of 5,109 undergraduate and graduate students,[222] was rated in 2007 by the Princeton Review one of the 123 best in the Western United States and among the West's top 50 Master's Universities by U.S. News and World Report in 2005. Many of the world's best choreographers have worked with Tulsa Ballet including: Leonide Massine, Antony Tudor, Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Kurt Jooss, Nacho Duato (ten works), Val Caniparoli who is its resident choreographer (with seven works and four world premieres), Stanton Welch, Young Soon Hue, Ma Cong, Twyla Tharp and many others. Covering primarily economic events and stocks, the Tulsa Business Journal caters to Tulsa's business sector. Clear 1 Table. Industry consolidation and increased offshore drilling threatened Tulsa's status as an oil capital, but new drilling techniques and the rise of natural gas have buoyed the growth of the city's energy sector. Noted architects and firms working in Tulsa during this period include Charles Dilbeck,[51] John Duncan Forsyth, and Nelle Peters. Projects spurred by the initiative promised urban revitalization, infrastructure improvement, tourism development, riverfront retail development, and further diversification of the economy. Today, Tulsa is again home to the headquarters of many international oil- and gas-related companies, including Williams Companies, SemGroup, ONE Gas, Syntroleum, ONEOK, Laredo Petroleum, Samson Resources, Helmerich & Payne, Magellan Midstream Partners, WPX Energy, and Excel Energy. 402,223), including age, race, sex, income, poverty, marital status, education and more. [131] Tulsa also houses the Tulsa Spotlight Theater at Riverside Studio, which shows the longest-running play in America (The Drunkard) every Saturday night. With a $100 million endowment for maintenance and family programming from the George Kaiser Family Foundation alone, it one of the largest and most ambitious public parks ever created with private funds. Tulsa is 40th out of 6,406 other cities in Housing units. Riverfield Country Day School is non-sectarian. population totals ; Total White population in Tulsa ; Total Population: 245,309; Male Population: 119,096; Female Population: 126,213. median age by sex; Median age of White in Tulsa … The total number of households is 164,224 with 2 people per household on average.The median age of the current population is 35 with 143,234 people being married … Most of modern Tulsa is located in the Creek Nation, with parts located in the Cherokee and Osage Nations. Also, versus the state of Oklahoma, Population Change of 4.4%, Tulsa County measures 46.8% larger. Interior Highlands, northeastern Oklahoma is the most topographically diverse part of the state, containing seven of Oklahoma's 11 eco-regions[44] and more than half of its state parks. [189] The main attractions are the Chapman Adventure Playground, the Williams Lodge, a boathouse, splash playground, great lawn, outdoor sports courts, a skate park, a wetland pond and garden, and numerous trails among other locations. [13] A number of substantial financial corporations are headquartered in Tulsa, the largest being the BOK Financial Corporation. The national convenience store chain QuikTrip, fast-casual restaurant chain Camille's Sidewalk Cafe, and pizza chain Mazzio's are all headquartered in Tulsa, as is Southern regional BBQ restaurant Rib Crib. The population density in Tulsa is 3391% higher than Oklahoma; The median age in Tulsa is 4% lower than Oklahoma; In Tulsa 64.48% of the population is White; In Tulsa 14.99% of the population is Black; In Tulsa 3.00% of the population is Asian As of July 2015, the population was 403,505, an increase of 11,599 over that reported in the 2010 Census. Tulsa County, Oklahoma is the 3rd largest county in Oklahoma. Company seeks another Eastern Flyer operator", "OKC-to-Tulsa passenger rail service falls through", "Steam Locomotive on the Tulsa Fairgrounds", "GE Healthcare Announces Preview of Latest Advanced All-Digital Heart Hospital", "When song lyrics mention Tampa Bay, what are we really singing about? Tulsa is 36th out of 5,169 other cities in Total businesses (including small businesses) Tulsa is 39th out of 6,406 other cities in Size in square miles. [75] The autumn season is usually short, consisting of pleasant, sunny days followed by cool nights. According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Tulsa was: 2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers. In addition, ConocoPhillips was headquartered in nearby Bartlesville. This portion of the river was known as Zink Lake. The race most likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is Black, with 32.44% below the poverty level. [178][179] The Blue Dome District hosts its race on the first night and takes riders down East 2nd Street by Arnie's Bar, the Dilly Diner, and El Guapo's Mexican Cantina. Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants. [citation needed], The University of Tulsa has an enrollment of 4,192 undergraduate and graduate students[220] and is ranked 83rd among national doctoral universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2009 edition of America's Best Colleges and among the best 123 Western Colleges by the Princeton Review in 2007, which also ranks it in the top ten schools nationally for quality of life, overall happiness of students, and relationship with the community. Most, but not all, of the private schools have religious affiliations with various Christian, Jewish[214] or Muslim[215] denominations. 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