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MARKET SUMMARY

Tulsa, Oklahoma
By Thomas E. Allen, SCRP

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ulsa, the second-largest city in Oklahoma
and the 47th-most populous city in the U.S.,
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." For most of the
20th century, the city held the nickname "Oil Capital
of the World." It also features one of the nation's
largest concentrations of art deco architecture, since
the city's success in the energy industry prompted
construction booms in the popular art deco style
during the first half of the 20th century. Profits
from the oil industry continued through the Great
Depression, helping the city's economy fare better
than most economies in the U.S. during the 1930s.
In 1925, Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery, known as
the "Father of Route 66," began his campaign to create a
road linking Chicago to Los Angeles by establishing the
U.S. Highway 66 Association in Tulsa, earning the city
another nickname: the "Birthplace of Route 66." 
During this period, Bob Wills and his group, the
Texas Playboys, also began their long performing
stint at a small ballroom in downtown Tulsa. They
are largely credited with creating Western swing,
a musical genre with roots in country music, made

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popular at Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom. The Tulsa sound,
a variation of rockabilly, blues, and rock 'n' roll, was
started and developed largely by local musicians
J.J. Cale and Leon Russell in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Tulsa sound heavily influenced musicians Eric
Clapton and Jimmy Markham. Musicians from Tulsa
or who started their musical careers in Tulsa include
Garth Brooks, Hanson, Ronnie Dunn, Gene Autry,
and Kristin Chenoweth. In 2012, Tulsa was ranked by
city information source Livability as having one of the
best music scenes outside of New York, Los Angeles,
and Nashville.
Efforts toward economic diversification have created
a base in the sectors of aerospace, finance, technology,
telecommunications, high-tech, and manufacturing.
Amazon recently announced plans to build a more
than 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center near Tulsa
International Airport. The company will invest an
estimated $130 million in the state-of-the-art facility,
which will employ roughly 1,500 people with an annual
payroll of about $50 million.
Considered the cultural and arts center of
Oklahoma, Tulsa is home to two art museums and
full-time professional opera and ballet companies.
The Philbrook Museum of Art is considered one of


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