Profile for Tulsa, Oklahoma, OK
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"Oil Capital of the World"
Tulsa is a city in Tulsa County. (The community straddles Tulsa and Osage counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the county seat.
One tradition says the community was named for a branch of the Creek Indian tribe; another says it was named for an old Creek town in Alabama.
The latitude of Tulsa is 36.153N. The longitude is -95.992W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 722 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 387,807.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Tulsa demographic reports
Tulsa is on the Arkansas River.
Oil was discovered here in 1901. The city's population grew tenfold over the next two decades.
Public transportation: Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4,304. The number of murders and homicides was 61. The violent crime rate was 10.9 per 1,000 people.
Tulsa received national attention for the 1921 violence between the Ku Klux Klan and black residents; 36 people died and 1,000 were injured.
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "Phenomenon"
· 1983 movie, "Rumble Fish"
Well-known residents have included:
· Garth Brooks, country singer
· Alfre Woodard, actress
· J. Paul Getty, oil man, financier
· Kristin Chenoweth, Broadway star
· William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, actor
Local bands (past and present) have included Hanson
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Java Dave's, Starbucks, Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread
Local festivals include:
- Tulsa State Fair - Sept. 27-Oct. 7, 2007
- Gilcrease West Fest - April 21-22, 2007
- Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival - Aug. 18, 2007
- Mayfest - May 17-20, 2007
- Oklahoma Blues Festival - May4-5, 2007
- Indian Art Festival - Feb. 9-11, 2007
- Greek Holiday - Sept. 20-22, 2007
- Oktoberfest - Oct. 18-21, 2007
Dates often change. Check Tulsa web sites and events links in the sections below.
Tulsa attractions: Tulsa Zoo
Sports teams: Oilers (CHL), Drillers (minor league baseball), 66ers (NBA D League)
Historic sites and museums: Gilcrease Museum, Fenster Museum of Jewish Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Air and Space Center
Colleges and universities:
Oral Roberts University, University of Tulsa, Phillips Theological Seminary, Platt College, Tulsa Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 98
Tulsa, 'oil capital of the world,' as it calls itself, is a tough, get-rich-quick, heady town about as sensitive as corduroy.
-- Inside U.S.A.
· "24 Hours from Tulsa"
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Ancestry & family history
14% of Tulsa residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Tulsa ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Tulsa was $21,534, compared with $21,587 nationally.
28% of Tulsa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Tulsa festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Oktoberfest - O
- Mayfest - M
- Tulsa State Fair - S
- Oklahoma Blues Festival - M
- Gilcrease West Fest - A
- Indian Art Festival - F
- Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival - A
- Greek Holiday - S
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Tulsa include Maple Ridge Historic Residential District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Tulsa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $437. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $837.
Libraries in Tulsa include Brookside Library, Hardesty South Regional Library, Kendall-Whittier Library, Library at 51St, Martin East Regional Library, Maxwell Park Library, Nathan Hale Library, Peggy Helmerich Library, Rudisill North Regional Library, Schusterman-Benson Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Tulsa include Tulsa Free Press, Tulsa World, Union Boundary
TV stations in Tulsa include KGEB, KJRH, KOED, KOKI, KOTV, KTFO, KTUL, KWHB.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KWGS.
Tulsa County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Tulsa political report.
Tulsa restaurants taking online reservations include Flavors Restaurant, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Palace Cafe, The French Hen, Warren Duck Club ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Tulsa workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 110 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Tulsa between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 2.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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