From 1828 to 1836, Tulsa went through a transformation of being open, untamed prairie land thanks to the 5 civilized tribes that settled here on the Trail of Tears. It was known as the “Oil Capital of the World” for much of the 20th century and the oil industry of today has much to credit T-Town.
Today, Tulsa boasts at being the 2ndlargest city in Oklahoma as well as the 47th populous city in America. Although the oil boom moved from Tulsa to Houston eventually, and Tulsa population did decline, it is a diversified state that would see to this town keep growing and thriving. The diversification the city offers now is credited with the population of over 6,200 between the 2010 census and 2013.
The diversification efforts have brought many industries and the companies that create those industries to Tulsa, making the unemployment rate one of the lowest nationwide. There is everything here from aviation and energy to finance and telecommunications, as well as the technology industry.
Other parts of the world benefit from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, which is positioned at the head of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. It is the furthest inland river port in the U.S. and has access to international waterways. There is also the Tulsa International Airport serving many major cities around the world as well.
When it comes to higher education, there are 2 institutions that call Tulsa home. The Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa, both of which have presented the world with some notable people and let’s not forget to mention the k-12 grades of education that are among the best in the country.
Tulsa is not without is cultural either. Here you’ll find 2 art museums that are world-renowned, a full-time professional ballet and opera companies. The city is full of art deco architecture and has been labeled one of the country’s most livable large cities by several publications.