Tulsa, Oklahoma Education and City Information

Oct 20, 2021

Information about Tulsa, Oklahoma

Located approximately 90 miles northeast of the state capital, Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma. Its population reached 401,190, as of 2019 U.S. Census estimates. Residents here are predominately white, with almost 64% of residents reported as Caucasian in the 2019 census. About 15.3% of residents were African American, 16.3% were Hispanic and 4.4% were American Indian. The household median income in the 2014-2018 period was $46,113, which is somewhat lower than the state median of $51,424.

Various lakes and numerous parks in the area provide a variety of outdoor activities, and residents have access to disc golf courses, skate parks and biking trails. Tulsa is home to the Tulsa Drillers baseball team. Attractions in Tulsa include a zoo, aquarium, casinos and the Philbrook Museum of Art. Annual events include the Bluegrass and Chili Festival, Center of the Universe Festival, Scotfest and Tulsa State Fair.

Tulsa's climate is described as temperate, with 93 degrees being the average high in July and 28 degrees being the average low in January. Average annual rainfall is about 41 inches.

Higher Education

Tulsa has 12 public and private non-profit postsecondary institutions. Oral Roberts University, a Christian university in Tulsa, is ranked 5th among regional universities in the West, according to 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. It has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs and served around 4,000 students, as of Fall 2018.

University of Tulsa had around 4,400 students and was tied for 121st among national universities in 2020, by U.S. News. It has a law school, an engineering school and numerous graduate and undergraduate programs, including a petroleum engineering program.

Tulsa Technology Center operates campuses throughout the city, and students can also take classes at Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Wright Career College and Phillips Theological Seminary.

Economy and Employment

As of 2016, the largest employers in Tulsa include the City of Tulsa, the Bank of Oklahoma, AT&T, Broken Arrow Public Schools, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Tulsa County, and the University of Tulsa. Other top employers were State Farm, Target, Verizon, Walmart/Sam's Club, and Tulsa Community College.

Despite being inland from either ocean, Tulsa does have a deep-water port on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River navigation system that presents additional commerce options and opportunities.

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