Lovely Terrain & Climate, Slow Pace w/ High Crime
Tulsa is a lovely city in a beautiful setting with attractive qualities, but lacks the economic and cultural progress it desperately needs. Once the oil capital of the US, residual traces of the growth spurt it experienced during the oil boom still exist. Not a thriving metropolis, Tulsa's downtown is small yet sophisticated and contains some of the most wonderful Art Deco architecture.
If you enjoy casinos and a slow-paced lifestyle and can tolerate menacing crime, then Tulsa is okay. Clapton's song "Living on Tulsa Time" still applies today... not much has changed in Tulsa as it has experienced little growth.
Not progressive... backward. Not referring to political progressivism, but literally progress. Tattoo Art just became legal. They just now are beginning to sell wine & liquor in grocery stores. Highest proportion of young, unwed women impregnated to obtain government assistance. Methamphetamine and other drug abuse is rampant. However, QT (Quick Trip) is everywhere :) This is good.
Beautiful terrain is made up of small rolling hills. The region is known as "Green Country" within the state and to locals due to lush green landscape. Steady annual rainfall. Climate is highly conducive to outdoor recreation and scenic retreats. Summers do get hot, but not unbearable. The wind blows offering a cool breeze and relief can be found in the shade, unlike in hot subtropical climates. Actually experience four seasons. Mild to severe winters include snow and occasional ice. Downside is area is prone to tornadoes and strong, threatening thunderstorms which often wreak havoc causing damage to homes, and homeowners repeatedly suffer inconvenient and bothersome power outages.
Route 66 remains an historic landmark and offers nostalgia. Native American culture is refreshingly prominent and historically preserved.
Culture can be found in the downtown art district, newly renovated to include Guthrie Green - a park and music venue and at the famous Cain's Ballroom where legendary musicians perform.
The Philbrook Museum is a desirable destination for European art lovers. Villa Philbrook (Philips Oil) is a 72-room Mediterranean style mansion which revisits the wealth Tulsa once accrued. Nearby are the Linnaeus and Rose Gardens.
The Gilcrease Museum of Native American Art and Western History is located in Osage Hills, west of downtown Tulsa. The Gilcrease Museum is a treasure. It is home to numerous works - most notably CM Russell, Frederic Remington (paintings and bronze statues) and Central & South American artifacts. Currently, the largest Native American art collection in the United States is housed here. The Gilcrease also partnered with the University of Tulsa (TU) to create an elite Masters of Museum Science and Studies program.
Quaint and charming Utica Square offers high-end retail shops and eateries.
Higher Education institutions are reputable, accredited and
well-respected. (No professional sports reside in Tulsa, therefore college sports rule. Good luck ignoring this one!)
No shortage of medical physicians. Healthcare is mediocre. Improves within the University system.
Slow-paced! Lacks fast economic growth.
Highways and roadways are awful. The roads are littered with pot holes, two lanes instead of four. No central loop around the city makes getting to a destination impossible without treading through stop light after stop light (which just now became synchronized) or jumping from one tiny, small stretch of highway to another connecting highway (poor ergonomics). This is an impediment to attracting travelers and tourists and it will cost you thousands in car repairs - a giant pain in the ass.
Sales Tax is intrusive. The sales tax on groceries makes Tulsa less than affordable, relatively speaking. Everyday-living costs exceed affordability. Substantial amount of tax revenue comes from Sales Tax, NOT Property Tax.
Small town mentality. Cliquesh. Difficult to penetrate established social circles.
Professional opportunity is limited to welding, service industry or corporate giants like Williams Company, Arby's, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and American Airlines. Not much in between. Competition is stiff for moderately skilled workers.
*(not a wide range, or disbursement, of socioeconomic classes. One extreme or the other.).
Last, but not least, CRIME...
Gangs are prevalent, and not secluded to one side of town. They are around every corner. Burglary, assault, narcotics, rape, murder you got it. Fear it all in Tulsa. Sadly, law enforcement in Tulsa is losing their battle with criminals. Animal welfare and education are poor. Dog fights and breeders are busted quite a bit, both in surrounding rural areas and in urban locales. While there is a large police presence, crime is increasing. Tulsa's crime rate is disproportionately high for its size and population. Beware! Protect yourself and don't get complacent in Tulsa. No joke! Invest in an alarm system and exterior lighting for your home.