Facts About Tulsa
On January 18, 1898, Tulsa was officially incorporated and elected its first mayor, Edward Calkins.
The People from Tulsa are called “Tulsans”.
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and the 47th-most populous city in the United States.
Tulsa has more man-made lakes than any other city in the United States, The region encompasses 30 lakes or reservoirs.
Tulsa is situated on the Arkansas River between the Osage Hills and the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in northeast Oklahoma, a region of the state known as “Green Country”.
The estimated population of Tulsa is 413,066 as of the 2020 census and the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 1,015,331 residents.
Tulsa is twinned with the following sister cities Amiens, France; Celle, Germany; Beihai, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; San Luis Potosí, Mexico; Tiberias, Israel; Utsunomiya, Japan & Zelenograd, Russia.
The second-tallest building in Oklahoma, The Tulsa Tower is located in Tulsa.
The city of Tulsa has a total area of 186.8 square miles, of which 182.6 square miles is land and 4.2 square miles is water.
Tulsa houses two art museums, full-time professional opera and ballet companies, and one of the nation’s largest concentrations of art deco architecture.
Gordon Matthews, a native Oklahoman and University of Tulsa graduate, invented what he called a “voice message exchange” in the late 1970s. known as the voicemail.
Tulsa, Oklahoma & Tallahassee, Florida both city names are derived from “Tulasi” or “Tallasi,” meaning “the old town” in the Muscogee language.
The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, with urban development extending into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.
One of the most popular HBO TV series Watchmen takes place in Tulsa.
Tulsa has a large conservative following, with the majority of Tulsans being Christians. The second-largest religion in Tulsa is Islam, followed by Buddhism and Judaism.
Tulsa is known as the “Oil Capital of the World” for most of the 20th century, the city’s success in the energy industry prompted construction booms in the popular Art Deco style of the time.
Tulsa was settled between 1828 and 1836 by the Lochapoka Band of Creek Native American tribe and most of Tulsa is still part of the territory of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery was known as the “Father of Route 66.” Frustrated by the region’s poor roads, he started pushing for improved transportation and was named Oklahoma’s Highway Commissioner in 1924.
Tulsa culture is influenced by the nearby Southwest, Midwest, and Southern cultural regions, as well as a historical Native American presence.
The geographic coordinates of the city of Tulsa are 36°7′53″N 95°56′14″W (36.131294, −95.937332), with an elevation of 700 feet above sea level.
The 19,199-seat BOK Center is the centerpiece of the Vision 2025 projects and was completed in August 2008; the BOK Center was in the top ten among indoor arenas worldwide in ticket sales for the first quarter of 2009 when it was the home for the city’s Tulsa Shock WNBA, Tulsa Talons arena football, and Tulsa Oilers ice hockey teams.
A number of songs were named after Tulsa: “Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa” by Gene Pitney; “Tulsa Time” song by Don Williams & “Tulsa Jesus Freak” song by Lana Del Rey.
The Oklahoma Aquarium is located in Tulsa and it houses the world’s largest bull sharks in captivity.
Tulsa, formerly known as a small railroad stop, became the undisputed “Oil Capital of the World,” a moniker the city retained for more than six decades.
On 18th of January 1998, Tulsa marked the 100th anniversary of its incorporation, To celebrate the occasion, a city official buried a ’98 Plymouth Prowler in a custom-designed concrete vault at Centennial Park. Future Tulsans will dig up this huge time capsule on January 18, 2048, at which point the car will be given back to the Chrysler corporation.
The city of Tulsa manages 134 parks spread over 8,278 acres.
In 2016, Walk Score ranked Tulsa the 34th “most walkable” out of 141 U.S. cities with a population greater than 200,000.
The average income level of Tulsa residents is 11 per cent above the national average, while the cost of living in Tulsa is four per cent below the national average.
Tulsa is home to the headquarters of many international oil- and gas-related companies, including Williams Companies, ONE Gas, Syntroleum, ONEOK, Laredo Petroleum, Samson Resources, Helmerich & Payne, Magellan Midstream Partners, and Excel Energy.
Tulsa International Airport partnered with Amazon and has completed a 270,000 sq. ft. sortation facility on property adjacent to the airport and Highway 169.
Fun facts about the capital city of Oklahoma