I moved here 3 years ago, and I have regretted it everyday since. There is absolutely nothing to do here. It is what my grandfather called a "one horse town", except that there are about a half-million people in the metro area. The people are very rude and have no home-training. The job market is terrible. The pay is low and workers have no rights. Employers do and say anything they want to you, and you have no choice but to go with it. If you have a bachelor's degree and 15 years experience, you might be able to get a job paying $12 an hour if you are lucky. But your degree won't count unless it is from OU!!!
Don't bring a new car here. The roads are so bad that your car will be wrecked in two weeks. Everyone's windshields are cracked from all the debris on the roads. You will need to get new tires and a front end alignment every month here. Plus, they are the worst drivers in the world!!!! You get on the freeway and half the cars are doing 80 miles per hour and the other half are going 45 miles an hour.
As bad as the city is, the people are the worst. They are truly the rudest, most backwards thinking, lazy, slow, and littering people I have ever seen. They can tell if you are not from here in about 10 seconds, and when they find that out, they treat you like dirt. If you are not from here, they automatically assume that you think you are better than them. That kind of thinking hurts you when you apply for jobs also. It is hard to find a job if you have other states listed on your resume. Don't go to a job interview dressed up, or they will look crazy at you. Their idea of dressing up is their best pair of jeans, cowboy boots, an OU sweatshirt, and a ball cap that says OU on it. Truly ignorant people!!! I could go on and on, but I don't want to type all day. Bottom line --- If you live in another place, and you want to move, just throw a dart at a map and you will find a better place than Tulsa, Oky-homa!!!
Located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma in what Okies refer to as “Green Country,” Tulsa is the second largest city in the state and is an impossibly cool place to live and visit. Once considered the “Oil Capital of the World,” Tulsa has its roots as an energy city, but is now home to a diverse workforce, a vibrant and historic downtown and an abundance of entertainment and cultural activities.
All wonderful reasons to live here. But also, because all the grandparents are here.
When you're moving to Tulsa, you can get ready for a city that's full of new, welcoming neighbors. While Tulsa has always been known as an oil town, its rapidly growing aerospace and energy tech business scene is bringing all sorts of newcomers to live here, and it's no surprise why. The cost of living is low, the downtown scene is growing in popularity, and you'll find yourself surrounded by lakes and rivers for weekend recreation.
The Forest Orchard neighborhood provides a convenient home for those working at the neighboring hospitals and medical centers or in the large retail district. In the nearby suburb of Broken Arrow, residents enjoy small town charm while still maintaining easy access to downtown Tulsa just to the north.
While many in Tulsa drive to work, the public transportation system makes things easy on its users with GPS tracking that lets you know exactly where every bus is at any single moment. Pop your bike onto the provided bike racks to end your day with a refreshing ride along the Arkansas River.
Tulsa has a good arts scene, you can get tickets to the opera, ballet, and symphony at very reasonable prices, plenty of homegrown theatre and traveling Broadway productions too, mostly at the downtown Performing Arts Center. And two great museums, Philbrook (near Brookside) and Gilcrease (NW of downtown).
I’ve lived here for all but three of my 63 years, and it is true that summer is terrible, from mid-June to mid-August my favorite activity is to head north. Spring and fall are very nice, though, especially fall. Winter is mostly bearable if you’re not too bothered by cold weather. It snows some, usually not a huge amount and it almost always melts quickly. Welcome and good luck! (Edited to add links for the arts groups and museums.)
Move to Tulsa! Just enough “city” to stay sane but small enough not worry about crazy traffic. You can always go to meetup groups or join a class to meet people. We also have some fun restaurants and our big park is opening up soon.
I moved to Tulsa from the east coast and have also lived in CA. Definitely hot summers as all have noted.
I am not a church goer and being the Bible Belt church is many folks world. They can be pushy. They mean well, I think.
Very segregated. I live out south and am concerned with the lack of diversity in my kids life.
People are very friendly. Knew more people up and down my street in a couple of months than I did in years in my east coast neighborhood.
You are right in about cost of living. Very reasonable. Access to cheap or high end stuff.
You have to drive every where! Not many walkable neighborhoods.
Hard to find a decent deli sandwich.
Alcohol laws are on the up. Access to more breweries from around the country and soon cold beer in liquor stores (October). Currently beer has to be 3.2% if sold cold. Makes you pee and that is about it.
A shit load of medical facilities and banks.
College football is more fun here. More folks at a high school game than most colleges out west (or east).
Thieves here are dirt bags. They are not after your wallet, prefer a wheel chair or gas out of your car.
Not a gamer anymore, but I have seen game playing stores. I believe people go there to hang out and compete. I have seen folks post about D n D groups too.
Politics. Dirt bags like everywhere else. Just play on the conservative nature of the people and throw god and abortion around a lot.
Overall, good and bad like anywhere. Good luck.
If you're used to big city living, stick to Tulsa, Jenks, Broken Arrow, or the area. Politics are SUPER conservative, be prepared. Our local and state government suck. Churches are e v e r y w h e r e and so is football. There are a few game stores in the area, like Alien Games in Jenks and Wizards Asylum in Tulsa. There are a few other cool things in Tulsa like museums and downtown. I've lived in the area all my life and I love it here. Stuff is relatively cheap.
The Disc Golf scene in Tulsa is excellent. Good community of people with constant events throughout the week. They welcome new comers and have something for all skill levels.
I moved to Tulsa from Northern California. The housing prices and lack of traffic are great. Gasoline is really cheap, compared to California. It does get really hot in the summer, and the roads can get icy in the winter. I think you will like it here, if you choose Tulsa. We even finally got a Trader Joe’s and a Costco. We have several Sam’s Clubs. There is tax on groceries, which surprised me.
Tulsa may be a bustling metropolis of nearly 1 million residents, but we’re a small town at heart. Tulsa boasts some of the nation’s largest and most charitable nonprofit organizations, and Tulsans pride themselves on hospitality and generosity. After all, we still wave to passersby and open doors for strangers.
But don’t be fooled — Tulsa is a big city, too. And it’s one whose low cost of living and short commute times go hand-in-hand with a bustling nightlife, world-class museums, historic music venues, beautiful parks and great schools — all of which has fostered a quality of life that has garnered accolades from a host of national publications. It’s also a city whose unique history and diverse people have created a hotbed of creativity centered on eclectic urban districts where young minds and established professionals come together in coffee shops, galleries, art studios and music shops.
In Tulsa, I will be working with George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF). For those of you unfamiliar with George Kaiser or his family foundation, George Kaiser is a 75-year old Tulsa-native, a successful oil & gas tycoon, and as of July 26, 2010, he joined a handful of billionaires worldwide in committing to The Giving Pledge: promising to spend a considerable amount of his fortune to work that positively impacts the community
I’m a writer for The Tulsa Voice and drummer for the alt-rock band The Bourgeois. There is so much creative energy and intelligent people here, yet we are “represented” by far right old school dinosaurs. And prisons are BIG business.
Liz Horowitz Covey
I’m a newcomer to Tulsa as well, and I, too, had only lived on the coasts before (mostly New York and LA). I totally agree that Tulsa has a lot of potential and I keep wondering about the future of this city. I’ve been very happy to see just how purple it is, and have become involved with the Tulsa County Democratic Party, which seems to be…