More than 100 years ago, the wonderful city of Tulsa, Oklahoma was founded. In the beginning, it was a small town with just over 1,000 residents, a few churches, a bank, an ice plant, and a handful of hotels for visitors. Over the years, the city grew by leaps and bounds.
Today, Greater Tulsa has swelled to encompass nearby cities, such as Broken Arrow, Jenks, Bixby, Coweta, and Owasso. Its population has surged to more than 1 million, and it has become a major cultural and business hub while offering attractions and lifestyles that cater to virtually all preferences.
The Tulsa metropolitan area has been voted one of the best places to live in Oklahoma, and Custom homes in Tulsa help residents enjoy the area to the fullest particularly in its most highly sought-after neighborhoods, such as Huntington Park and Huntington Park II. Whether you’re considering moving to the area or already living in the area and looking for a new home, Banner Custom Homes can help bring your vision to life. Contact us to learn more about all the options we have to offer.
Taking a Closer Look at Greater Tulsa
Tulsa itself has a population of 402,223. With a dense suburban feel and countless amenities at residents’ disposal, it’s a perfect place for young professionals and their families. It’s home to a number of nationally and internationally known companies. Saint Francis Health System, Woodforest National Bank, and Matrix Service Company are only a few of the major corporations with headquarters in Tulsa. FedEx, AT&T, UPS, PepsiCo, and Walgreens are also among the companies that have offices in the area.
All those businesses as well as many small, privately owned companies help give Tulsa a continually growing level of corporate diversity while providing an endless list of opportunities for those who call the area home. Of course, that’s only the beginning.
Tulsa’s Numerous Attractions
Several attractions are available in and around Tulsa. From museums and historical sites to parks and other natural settings, this city provides a unique blend of places to go and things to do. Some of the most popular locales in the area are:
- Gilcrease Museum. Native American and Western artwork are among the pieces showcased at Gilcrease Museum, and several natural gardens model gardening techniques throughout history.
- Woodward Park. From venturing through the Tulsa Rose Garden to picnicking and feeding the squirrels, Woodward Park draws in numerous visitors who love to enjoy nature.
- Tulsa Zoo. Bringing numerous examples of wildlife to the big city, Tulsa Zoo is a fun and exciting experience for people of all ages.
- Woody Guthrie Center. This attraction highlights the works of famed folk singer and songwriter, Woody Guthrie and is committed to keeping his name and legacy alive.
- The Center of the Universe. On the outside looking in, the Center of the Universe is nothing more than a concrete circle encased in bricks in downtown Tulsa. That said, if you stand inside the circle and speak, your voice is not only echoed back with greater volume but completely distorted to those who are listening from the outside.
Tulsa also offers a wide range of other attractions. From a long list of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to boutique shops, malls, and live concerts, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to fill your free time. Families have ample ways to enjoy time together as well. If you’re interested in checking out the nightlife, the city certainly has numerous options to choose from. Craft cocktails, live music and comedy shows, upscale dining and desserts, and custom brews are only a few of them.
Numerous excellent public schools are available for children and teenagers in Tulsa. They’re among the most highly rated in the country and have received an overall score of “B” based on grades, insights from local families, and many other factors. This is well above average in comparison to other schools across the nation. Tulsa also offers many touted private schools.
As a continually growing business hub, Tulsa welcomes major corporations and small businesses alike. It also offers endless job opportunities for entrepreneurs and professionals. From acclaimed daycare centers to renowned colleges and universities, the area also gives families plenty of educational options. Though local crime levels are a bit higher than the national average, the majority of local families feel completely safe whether they’re at home or out enjoying the city with their families.
Perhaps you’d like to live a bit outside the hustle and bustle of Tulsa’s urban regions without giving up all the amenities it has to offer. If so, you’re certainly not alone. Fortunately, the Greater Tulsa area accommodates those interests as well. You don’t have to go far to find a quieter, more laid-back suburban atmosphere.
As the fourth-largest city in Oklahoma, Broken Arrow is currently home to almost 99,000 people. From seeing a Broadway show at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center to enjoying barbecue at Oklahoma Joe’s, residents have numerous sites and attractions to choose from. You can have a unique look back at the 1800s at Persimmon Hollow Village or sip wine while taking painting classes at Pinot’s Palette. Schools and crime rates are on par with those of Tulsa.
Jenks is much smaller than Broken Arrow and Tulsa, but it has been deemed one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. It’s home to the Oklahoma Aquarium as well as Roark Acres Honey Farm. Families looking for a fun day out will certainly find it at FlyingTee. Jenks boasts a lower overall crime rate than some of its neighboring cities, and its schools have received a grade of “A+”.
Bixby has been deemed one of the best places in Oklahoma to live and raise a family. Most people insist the locals are kind and welcoming, and crime rates are relatively low here. With great schools and plenty of job opportunities, quite a few families choose Bixby over its more urban neighbors. Carmichael’s is a popular family attraction with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, maze, and many other activities to choose from.
With a population of under 10,000, Coweta is close enough to Tulsa to make for a short commute but far enough away to generate a less urban vibe. The cost of living here is lower than the national average, and families have wonderful schools, shops, and other amenities to enjoy. SaddleBack Equestrian offers horseback riding and summer camps while Xtreme Racing & Entertainment holds in store go-kart racing, arcade games, and many other fun activities.
Fairly low crime rates and cost of living combined with excellent schools and ample job opportunities come together to make Owasso another great place to live in the Greater Tulsa area. Centennial Park appeals to nature lovers while Bailey Ranch Golf Club calls to the golfing crowd. Anyone shopping for unique and interesting pieces is sure to find them at the Flying Pig or one of the area’s other distinctive shops.
Building Your Custom Home in Greater Tulsa
Whether you want to live near the pulse of the city or prefer a home a little further away from the center of the action, you’ll find the right place in and around Tulsa. At Banner Custom Homes, we’re here to help create a home to suit your needs. Call us or contact us via the form on our website, and let us build the perfect home for your family.