Oklahoma City Accolades

Looking to Start a Business? OKC is the Place
April 3 2014 - The Business Journals | Archived Article
According to The Business Journals, if you want to start a small business you should look no further than Oklahoma City. The publication ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Metros for Small Business" list. The metro's population growth helped achieve the status.

OKC Ranks No. 4 on 2014 Leading Locations List
April 3 2014 - Area Development Magazine | Archived Article
Each year Area Development Magazine sets out to find the best cities for business in the U.S. OKC made a big showing coming in at No. 4 on its big cities list. OKC beat out metros such as San Francisco, Dallas and Houston. Overall, the metro ranked No. 13 out of the top 100 metros.

CNNMoney: "People are flocking to OKC"
March 31, 2014 - CNNMoney | Archived Article
According to CNNMoney, people are flocking to OKC as the publication ranked the metro No. 9 on its "10 Fastest Growing Cities" list. Oklahoma City's population has grown by more than 5 percent since 2010.

Oklahoma City Ranks High for Business Startups
March 11, 2014 - WalletHub | Archived Article
Oklahoma City again has received recognition for its business-friendly climate. WalletHub, a personal finance social network , has named Oklahoma City one of the best cities in which to start a business. Out of the 150 largest cities in the United States, Oklahoma City ranked 12th overall for its startup business climate.

Oklahoma City: One of Nation’s Most Affordable Cities
March 11, 2014 - Forbes | Archived Article
Oklahoma City ranks ninth among America’s most affordable cities, according to a March 2014 report in Forbes Magazine. Two factors figured prominently in Forbes’ ranking: the Housing Opportunity Index from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo the cost-of-living index developed by Sperling’s Best Places.

Workers in their Prime are Moving to OKC
January 31, 2014 - Forbes | Archived Article
Forbes set out to find what major cities workers in their prime (ages 35-49) where moving to. By analyzing population data from 2007 to 2012, the publication found that many workers are finding OKC more than OK. The metro ranked No. 10 on their "Where Workers in their Prime are Moving" ranking.

Forbes Touts OKC as a Retirement Destination
January 16, 2014 - Forbes | Archived Article
After looking at data for more than 400 cities in every state, Forbes found the "25 Best Places to Retire" and Oklahoma City unsurprisingly made the list. The publication listed a good economy, low cost of living, moderate home prices and high volunteer rate as reasons people should look towards OKC to spend their retirement.

10 Best Cities for Job Seekers
January 13, 2014 - Nerd Wallet | Archived Article
If you are looking for a job NerdWallet.com says to look no further than Oklahoma City. The website ranked OKC No. 9 on its "10 Best U.S. Cities for Job Seekers" list. The ranking is based on the city's low unemployment rate, rapid growth and affordability.

OKC Leads the Nation in Housing Recovery
December 29, 2013 - Wall Street Journal | Archived Article
According to the Wall Street Journal, Oklahoma City ranks No. 1 in home value increases since pre-recession highs of 2007. In fact, OKC home values have increased 13.1 percent, nearly doubling second-place Denver's growth.

Forbes: Invest in OKC Housing
December 26, 2013 - Forbes | Archived Article
Looking to buy a home? According to Forbes, Oklahoma City should be near the top of your list. The magazine ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Cities to Invest in Housing 2014" list. A robust economy and affordable homes helped the metro in the ranking.

Metro has the Momentum Going into New Year
December 26, 2013 - Complex | Archived Article
Based on a variety of metrics, New Geography listed Oklahoma City as one of the metro areas with the "Most Economic Momentum" for 2014. Overall, OKC ranked No. 8 on the list due in no small part to continued low unemployment and high job growth.

OKC is a Must-Visit Destination
November 18, 2013 - Complex | Archived Article
Website Complex.com has ranked OKC as one of 10 "U.S. Cities that Transformed into a Must-Visit Destination". The website highlighted the city's trails, river sports and rock climbing, calling it "a mecca for those looking for outdoor activity".

Millennials are Flocking to OKC
November 14, 2013 - The Atlantic | Archived Article
According to Census data, Oklahoma City is one of the 15 most popular cities for Millennials. In fact, the metro ranks No. 12 in the U.S. for net migration gains during the post recession years.

Oklahoma City Ranks No. 5 for Job Creation
October 24, 2013 - New Geography | Archived Article
The middle class is thriving in Oklahoma City as a new report by New Geography ranks the metro No. 5 in middle class job creation. OKC has seen a 2.1 percent increase in middle class job creation since 2007. Only eight major U.S. cities posted positive job growth numbers over that time.

OKC Ranks No. 3 in Post-Recession Housing Market Recovery
October 7, 2013 - Apartment Guide | Archived Article
Oklahoma City ranks 3rd out of 350 metros in the U.S., in post-recession housing market recovery according to new data from the National Association of Home Builders. Looking at permits, prices and employment, the NAHB found that OKC is actually running at 110 percent its pre-recession activity.

Luxury is Affordable in OKC
August 5, 2013 - Apartment Guide | Archived Article
According to Apartment Guide, Oklahoma City is one of the best places to find value in the apartment market. The publication ranked OKC No. 9 on its list of "10 Affordable Cities where Luxury Apartments are Within Your Reach". The ranking was determined by looking at lower rent prices that still provided top amenities to the renters. The ranking is just more proof than in OKC your dollar stretches further.

OKC is a "Magnet of Opportunity"
July 30, 2013 - The Daily Beast | Archived Article
The Daily Beast set out to find the most "Aspirational" cities in the U.S. and unsurprisingly OKC ranked No. 4. The ranking looked at the economy, quality of life and demographics of each city to determine which cities presented the most opportunity to their citizens.

OKC Ranks No. 12 "Brainiest" Metro
July 16, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities | Archived Article
The Atlantic Cities set out to find the "brainiest" metros in the USA using the cognitive performance index. Measured by several dimensions such as regional innovation and economic performance, Oklahoma City ranks No. 12 out of all large metros (pop. more than 1 million) in the index.

Running City, USA - OKC Ranks as One of the Fittest Cities in America
July 9, 2013 - Facebook | Archived Article
According to fitness-related check-ins, Facebook ranked OKC No. 8 on its "Fittest Cities" list. In fact, the website gave the Metro the name "Runner City".

OKC Cracks Top 10 List for New Grads
June 17, 2013 - Apartments.com | Archived Article
As summer begins, new graduates are entering the workforce and according to Apartments.com Oklahoma City is one of the first places they should look to start their career. The website ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Cities for New Grads" list. The metro's low unemployment and rent rates helped obtain the lofty ranking.

Military Families Have a Home in OKC
June 17, 2013 - MilitaryFriendly.com | Archived Article
Oklahoma City and Tinker Air Force Base have always shared a strong bond and MilitaryFriendly.com recognized that support. The website recently named OKC No. 2 on its "Top 50 Military Friendly Cities". The metro has more than 250 veteran owned businesses.

Tastiest tap water? You bet!
June 12, 2013 - American Water Works Association | Archived Article
According to the American Water Works Association, Oklahoma City has the best tap water in the U.S. OKC won the annual "Best of the Best" Tap Water Taste Test at the AWWA's annual conference.

Oklahoma City is Ideal for Young Entrepreneurs
April 29, 2013 - NerdWallet | Archived Article
Are you young and looking to start the next Facebook or Twitter? Few cities offer you more than OKC, according to NerdWallet. The website ranked the metro No. 5 on its "Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs" list. The site claimed Oklahoma City's low cost of living and available capital as great opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Bloomberg: OKC is a Boomtown
April 29, 2013 - Bloomberg | Archived Article
Business publication Bloomberg ran the census numbers to find the top Boomtowns in America and unsurprisingly Oklahoma City made the list. With a population increase of 7.13 percent between 2007 and 2011, the metro ranked 7th in the U.S. OKC has also had a 1.44 percent GDP compound annual growth over the same period.

Want to Start a Business? OKC is for You
April 22, 2013 - NerdWallet | Archived Article
For Small Business Month, NerdWallet set out to find the "Best Cities to Start a Business" and when the publication crunched the numbers, OKC came in at 5th on their list. NerdWallet cited the metro's aviation and healthcare hubs, low unemployment, low cost of living and available funding as reasons you need to start your next business in Oklahoma City.

Forbes:OKC Among Fastest Growing Cities in the U.S.
April 2, 2013 - Forbes | Archived Article
Forbes recently looked at demographic trends to determine which cities in the U.S. were growing the fastest and unsurprisingly Oklahoma City made the list. In fact, OKC ranked 12th with a growth rate 60 percent above the national average. The metro was one of the biggest risers, as Oklahoma City ranked 20th over the past decade.

OKC Ranks No. 2 for Small Business
February 7, 2013 - The Business Journal | Archived Article
Looking for the perfect place to launch your next business? Few places are better than Oklahoma City as The Business Journal ranked the metro the second-best city in America for small business. The business publication looked at several factors for its formula. OKC had a 4.02 percent job growth the past year and has 26.9 small businesses per 1,000 people.

Oklahoma Ranks Sixth in Wind Power
January 31, 2013 - American Wind Energy Association | Archived Article
According to the American Wind Energy Association, Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation for wind-generation capacity. More than 1,100 megawatts of wind power capacity was added in 2012, moving the state up from eighth place in 2011.

Oklahoma City Among the Fastest Growing
January 24, 2013 - On Numbers Economic Index | Forbes
Forbes continues to recognize Oklahoma City as the publication ranked the metro 17 on its list of "Fastest Grwoing Cities". Forbes predicts OKC will grow by 1.2 percent in 2014. That follows a 1 percent increase in 2012.

OKC Regains Top Spot in Economic Rankings
January 15, 2013 - On Numbers Economic Index | Archived Article
Oklahoma City once again ranks No. 1 in the monthly On Numbers Economic Index. The index looks at the top 102 markets in the United States and ranks their vitality. Oklahoma City has ranked No. 1 five out of the six months the index has been released.

What Recession?
December 27, 2012 - Brookings Institute | Archived Article
In a recent report from the Brookings Institute, OKC ranked 3rd on the list of “Metro Areas' Recovery From Pre-recession Peak - Best and Worst”. The study looked at factors such as employment growth, unemployment rate and Housing Price Growth. OKC ranked highest in housing growth and low unemployment.

OKC-headquartered Devon Energy Named One of America's Most Community-Minded Companies
November 12, 2012 - Businessweek | Archived Article
Devon Energy, headquartered in Downtown Oklahoma City, was recently named to Businessweek's inaugural Civic 50. Devon ranked No. 41 in the new program designed to recognize the most community-minded companies in America. The Civic 50 recognizes companies that commit their time, talent and resources to empower and improve local communities.

Oklahoma City Tops Economic Strength Ranking for Fourth Straight Month
November 12, 2012 - On Numbers Economic Index | Archived Article
For the fourth consecutive month, Oklahoma City has ranked first in the On Numbers Economic Index. The index measures the economic health of metro areas above 500,000 in population. OKC's low unemployment rate, growth in the retail sector and stability in the housing market garnered the metro the top spot in the ranking.

OKC Ranks in Top 10 for Job Growth
November 2, 2012 - CareerBuilder.com | Archived Article
More and more national publications are starting to notice Oklahoma City's resilience during the recession. This time its CareerBuilder.com, as the website ranked Oklahoma City 6th in job growth between 2010 and 2012 (among large metros). According to the site, OKC added nearly 29,000 jobs during that period of time, ranking right above Dallas and San Francisco.

Oklahoma Rated as One of the Top States for Doing Business
October 26, 2012 - Area Development | Archived Article
Oklahoma ranked No. 10 in Area Development's annual "Top States for Doing Business" report. The ranking surveys location consultants on a multitude of factors. Oklahoma ranked high in incentives and workforce development programs. These two areas show continued strides the region has made in its economic development platform over the past decade.

OKC Continues its Streak as Nations Economic Leader
October 8, 2012 - The Business Journals | Archived Article
For the third month in a row, Oklahoma City has ranked #1 on the On Numbers Economic Index. The article highlighted OKC's unemployment rate, job growth, wage increases and housing sector as reasons for economic success.

OKC is the Place for Engineers
October 4, 2012 - New Geography | Archived Article
A study by New Geographyranked Oklahoma City No. 3 on its "Best Cities for Engineers" list. Engineering joobs have increased more than 10 percent since 2009. According to the study, "With nearly 14,000 current jobs, OKC is a good spot for engineers to be looking."

Housing Revival No Problem in OKC
September 14, 2012 - The Business Journals | Archived Article
While many cities are still trying to regain their housing market, data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency shows Oklahoma City is not having that problem. From 2007 to 2012, Oklahoma City saw a 2.88 percent increase in its housing index. This index represents housing prices. The increase was good for fifth best in the U.S. and boasts the stability of the metro's housing market.

Oklahoma Paces the Nation in Household Income Growth
September 13, 2012 - U.S. Census Bureau | Archived Article
Few states has been as resilient as Oklahoma during the recession and proof continues to come in. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma had the highest rate of median household income growth in the nation last year. From 2010 to 2011, Oklahoma's median household income 12.4 percent. The next closest state saw their income rise by 10.5 percent.

Metro Area Makes Best Communities for Young People
September 13, 2012 - America's Promise Alliance | Archived Article
For the sixth time, Oklahoma City was named one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" by America's Promise Alliance. According the ranking Oklahoma City "continues to serve as a national model for making youth a citywide priority by offering a variety of programs to help support their academic success and overall well-being.

OKC Ranks No. 1 in Economic Strength
September 10, 2012 - The Business Journals | Archived Article
Oklahoma City continues to attract attention for its low unemployment and high private-sector job growth, ranking No. 1 on the On Numbers Economic Index for the month of September. The index awarded Oklahoma City with an overall score of 91.042, which topped the next-ranking city by more than five points.

Philanthropy Thrives in OKC
September 6, 2012 - New Geography | Archived Article
According to a new report by How America Gives, Oklahoma City ranks as the seventh most charitable major metro area. The reports shows that residents in OKC are donating 5.5 percent of their income to charity. In term of raw dollars actually given, Oklahoma City ranked No. 1 in the state.

Oklahoma City Sees Increase in Population with Bachelor Degrees
August 9, 2012 - New Geography | Archived Article
A new study by New Geography shows that Oklahoma City is battling "brain drain" as the metro ranked in the top 20 for "increases in population with Bachelor Degrees". The study, using census data, showed that OKC actually ranks four points higher than the national average. Oklahoma City is seeing an impressive influx of talented workers to its labor market.

Oklahoma Ranked No. 1 Spot for Oil & Gas Investment
August 3, 2012 - Fraser Institute | Archived Article
Oklahoma is the best place on earth for oil and gas investment, according to the Fraser Institute and their annual Global Petroleum Survey. Oklahoma jumped to the top spot after being ranked No. 4 in 2011.

Two OKC Institutions Named Best Places to Work in Academia
August 1, 2012 - The Scientist | Archived Article
The Scientist magazine ranked the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundations (OMRF) and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHCS) among its 25 "Best Places to Work in Academia" list. OMRF was ranked 21st and received high marks for job satisfaction and pay. OUHSC came in 25th with high scores in teaching and mentoring as well as tenure and promotion.

Oklahoma Ranks First for Cost of Living
July 12, 2012 - CNBC | Archived Article
In their "America's Top States for Business 2012" ranking, CNBC ranked Oklahoma the top state for cost of living. Oklahoma also placed fourth in cost of business, proving that in Oklahoma the value you get for your dollar exceeds almost anywhere else in the country.

Oklahoma Bucks the Trend with Retail
July 12, 2012 - The Business Journal | Archived Article
According to The Business Journal, Oklahoma is one of only six states who have recovered their retail jobs lost during the recession. Oklahoma ranked fourth on that list, not only recovering the lost jobs but adding 2,000 additional more in the retail sector.

Millennials Will Find a Home in OKC
July 9, 2012 - Moving.com | Archived Article
There are not many cities in the U.S. better to live in if you are a Millennial, according to the website Moving.com. The site ranked Oklahoma City No. 6 in its "Best City for Millennials" due to its low unemployment rate, affordable housing and good nightlife.

OKC Ranks as the Most Business-Friendly City
June 11, 2012 - CNN Money | Archived Article
Thumbtack surveyed more than 6,000 small businesses nationwide and found that Oklahoma City is the "Most Business-Friendly City" in the United States. The metro area's low cost of living and rising college graduate retention rates helped take the top spot in the survey.

Men's Fitness Ranks OKC Among the Most Fittest
June 1, 2012 - Men's Fitness | Archived Article
Men's Fitnessranked Oklahoma City the 23rd "Fittest City" in the United States and called Oklahoma City the biggest success story of the year. The fitness magazine pointed to Mayor Mick Cornett's effort to put Oklahoma City on a diet as evidence of the city's commitment to healthier living.

Recent College Grads are Happy in OKC
May 25, 2012 - Forbes | Archived Article
Forbes recently set out to find what cities are great for college graduates looking for a job and Oklahoma City made the cut at No. 9. The study looked at numerous data points including job growth, compensation and working environment.

OKC Ranks in Top 10 for Best Big Cities for Jobs
May 1, 2012 - Forbes | Archived Article
Forbes once again took notice of Oklahoma City as it ranked the metro the 10th "Best Big Cities for Jobs". OKC has been climbing the ranking of the annual report each year. Last year Oklahoma City ranked 22nd but moved up the ranking with an employment growth of 1.7 percent.

OKC ranked No. 1 for highest annual earnings growth rate
April 30, 2012 - Garner Economics | Archived Article
In a recent report by Garner Economics, Oklahoma City was ranked No. 1 in earnings growth for metros over 1 million in population. OKC's earnings grew by 11 percent over the time studied.

Oklahoma City Named Least-Costly City by KPMG Study
April 17, 2012 - KPMG | Archived Article
Oklahoma City was named the least-costly city to do business among 13 midsized U.S. cities according to a study by KPMG LLP. Oklahoma City had a cost index of 95.5, representing business costs 4.5 percent below the U.S. national baseline of 100.0

OKC Ranked No. 3 for Small Business
April 13, 2012 - The Business Journal | Archived Article
Small business is the backbone to any healthy economy so it is no surprise Oklahoma City ranks at the third "Best U.S. City for Small Business. The Business Journal created a formula to analyze small business climates across the country. The metro area has 26.27 small businesses per 1,00 residents.

Standard & Poors Give OKC AAA Rating
April 4, 2012 - Standard & Poors | Archived Article
Conservative financial management, strong retail sales and a deep and diversified employment base are three of the factors that led Standard & Poor’s rating service to confirm Oklahoma City’s General Obligation debt rating of ‘AAA.’ Moody’s Investor Service also confirmed the City’s ‘Aaa’ bond rating.

OKC Ranks as Top City for Job Creation
March 30, 2012 - Gallup | Archived Article
Gallup’s Job Creation Index ranked Oklahoma City as the number one city for job creation in 2011 out of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas. According to the study, Oklahoma City had a job creation index score of 25, outplacing other top-performing cities by at least 3 points and beating the national job creation score by 12 points.

U-Haul Names OKC a Top 50 City for Movers
March 27, 2012 - U-Haul International | Archived Article
U-Haul knows a thing or two about moving and they know OKC is a great destination. Oklahoma City came in at No. 27 in their list of "Top 50 Cities for Movers". The ranking reflects destinations for movers traveling more than 50 miles. The study looked at every city in the country regardless of size.

OKC Tech Company Makes Best Places to Work List
March 17, 2012 - Business Insider | Archived Article
OKC-based a la mode was recently named the fifth-best Tech Company to work for in the U.S. by Business Insider. Companies like a la mode and others who frequent "Best Places to Work" lists are just more examples of OKC being a great place to recruit and retain employees due the metro areas' business climate and growing creative-class.

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