Nickname: Oil Capital of the World
Incorporation Date: January 18th 1898
Metro Area Population: 937,815
Time Zone: Central
Famous Tulsans: William G. Skelly (founder of Skelly Oil Company, Spartan Aircraft Company and Spartan School of Aeronautics), J. Paul Getty (founder of Getty Oil Company), Wayman Tisdale (professional basketball player and jazz muscian), R. James Woolsey, Jr. (former director of the CIA), John Albert Knebel (Secretary of Agriculture during the Carter administration), Tracy Letts (Pulitzer Prize winning playwright), Blake Shelton (singer and TV host), Paul Harvey (radio host), Alfre Woodard (actress), Amber Valetta (supermodel), Jeanne Tripplehorn (actress), S.E. Hinton (author of The Outsiders, Rumble Fish and Tex), Garth Brooks (singer), Felix Jones (professional football player)
DID YOU KNOW?
- In downtown Tulsa, the streets that lay to the west of Main street are named, alphabetically, for cities west of the Mississippi and the streets to the east of Main are named, alphabetically, for cities east of the Mississippi.
- The world’s largest captive bull sharks reside at the Tulsa Aquarium.
- That Tulsa is the most convenient city in the United States: there are more convenience stores per capita here than any other city in the nation.
- Salary.com ranks Tulsa as the fifth most affordable city in the country when examining salaries and cost of living. Tulsa boasts a cost of living at 8.6 percent below the national average while the county per capita income is 16 percent above the national average. The first yield sign appeared in Tulsa (1950).
- The yield sign was invented by a former Tulsa Police Department member, Captain Clinton Riggs.