Oklahoma City Accolades
Stillwater and Norman Named Among Best College Cities
Jan. 13, 2015 - WalletHub
Two college towns in the Oklahoma City metro recently made WalletHub's list of "Best College Cities and Towns in America" for 2014 list. Stillwater, home of Oklahoma State, came in at No. 8 with high rankings in affordability. The University of Oklahoma and Norman came in at No. 36 also scoring high in affordability.
OKC Once Again Scores High for Jobs Market
Jan. 13, 2015 - WalletHub
WalletHub recently looked at the 150 biggest cities in the U.S. to find its "Best Cities for Job Market for 2015" and unsurprisingly Oklahoma City made the top 10. This makes the second "Best Cities for Jobs" list the metro has made this week.
Best Cities for Job Seekers? OKC Makes the List
Jan. 13, 2015 - NerdWallet
If you are looking for a job few places rank higher than Oklahoma City according to NerdWallet. The website highlighted the metro's low unemployment, low rent rates and the growth in our working-age population in its "Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2015" list.
Oklahoma Ranks Ninth Among Top Moving Destinations
Jan. 5, 2015 - United Van Lines
Oklahoma is a popular destination for movers according to the 2014 Annual National Movers Study released by United Van Lines. Oklahoma ranked No. 9 among destinations with more than 57 percent of movers being inbound.
OK has Been A-OK Since Recession
Dec. 23, 2014 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
When it comes to earnings growth, few states has fared as well as Oklahoma. Recently the Bureau of Economic Analysis looked at the data and found that the Sooner State was one of the top three states with the highest percentage earnings growth since 2009.
National Geographic Traveler Names Oklahoma City as a Best Trips 2015 Destination
Nov. 21, 2014 - National Geographic Traveler
National Geographic Traveler named Oklahoma City as a must-see destination for the New Year 2015. The list comprises of 30 locations worldwide and highlights Downtown OKC as well as the Asian District.
Oklahoma No. 1 Place for Oil-and-Gas Investing Worldwide
Nov. 20, 2014 - Fraser Institute
Oklahoma ranks No. 1 on the list of best places for ease of investment in oil and gas worldwide according to a recent survey from the Fraser Institute. In addition to the No.1 worldwide ranking among the 156 locations in Fraser's "Global Petroleum Survey 2014," Oklahoma was ranked as the No. 1 most attractive jurisdiction with medium-sized oil and gas reserves; the No. 1 most attractive for investment in petroleum exploration and development; and No. 1 for having the lowest barriers for investment, among others.
Forbes tabs Oklahoma as a Best State for Business
Nov. 13, 2014 - Forbes
Oklahoma made Forbes annual "Best States for Business" list. Oklahoma come in 10th which represented a move up in the rankings compared to the previous year. The publication highlighted Oklahoma's low energy costs and business climate.
Oklahoma Ranks High for Business Climate
Nov. 4, 2014 - Site Selection
Site Selection set out to find the states with the best business climates this year and unsurprisingly Oklahoma ranked high, coming in at No. 11. A bulk of the data used in the ranking was from a survey conducted of site selectors who ranked states based upon their recent experiences of locating facilities there.
Kiplinger: OKC is No. 1 for Starting a Business
Oct. 30, 2014 - Kiplinger
Looking for the perfect place to start your next business? According to Kiplinger, look no further than Oklahoma City. The publication ranked the metro No. 1 on its "Best Cities for Starting a Business" list. OKC's low cost of living and thriving small business community were just a couple of factors that helped it nab the top spot.
OKC Ranks No. 3 in Office Space Market Growth
Oct. 27, 2014 - Newmark Grubb Knight Frank/CoStar
According to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and CoStar OKC saw the third highest percentage growth in the office space market. The metro saw a 2.7-percent growth year-to-date ranking just behind Detroit and Las Vegas.
Few Big Cities More Affordable than OKC
Oct. 24, 2014 - Kiplinger
Affordability is crucial to business success today and according to Kiplinger you won't find many big cities more affordable than Oklahoma City. The business magazine named the metro No. 9 on its "Most Affordable Big City in the U.S." list due to low living costs and steady home values.
OKC Shows Strong GDP Growth
Oct. 3, 2014 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
According to new numbers from the Bureau of Economic Analysis the Oklahoma City MSA saw a 3.5 percent increase in GDP growth from 2011-2013. OKC is one of only 3 large metros in the country to post a gain of 3.5 percent or higher.
Oklahoma Ranks No. 1 in Durable Goods Manufacturing Growth
Sept. 30, 2014 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
Oklahoma continues to see impressive manufacturing growth through the first half of the fiscal year. In fact the Bureau of Economic Analysis ran the numbers and the Sooner state paced the nation in manufacturing earnings growth of durable goods from the first to second quarter of 2014. Oklahoma saw a 4.1 percent increase, a full half a percent higher than the next closest state on the list.
Five Metro Schools Ranked Among America's Best
Sept. 20, 2014 - Newsweek
Five metro schools made Newsweek's annual "America's Top High Schools" list. The rankings are based on achievement and college readiness scores. The five high schools ranked were: Bethany, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Edmond Memorial, Norman and Norman North.
Thunder Ranked Seventh-Best Sports Franchise in North America
Sept. 19, 2014 - ESPN
The Oklahoma City Thunder were recently ranked No. 7 on ESPN's annual "Best Sport Franchise in North America" list. The list looks at factors like affordability, fan relations, stadium experience and winning. The Thunder were the third ranked NBA team.
Oklahoma Ranks No. 2 for Recent Grads
Sept. 19, 2014 - FindTheBest
Website Find the Best recently set out to find which states have been the best for recent college grads since the recession. Using data such as median income, tuition and unemployment rates, the site ranked Oklahoma No.2 on its list. If you just graduated college looks like you should be headed to Oklahoma.
OKC among World's Smartest Cities for Travelers
Aug. 26, 2014 - National Geographic Travel
National Geographic Travel knows a thing or two about the world and recently they named Oklahoma City one of the "World's Smartest Cities." The travel pub went on to say, "(Oklahoma City) has transformed 7.5 miles of dry riverbed into an urban park (Oklahoma River Trails) and Olympic-caliber rowing center."
Forbes: OKC ranks as the No. 7 Best Place for Business
July 23, 2014 - Forbes
Forbes recently released their 2014 "Best and Worst Places for Business 2014" list and as you would expect Oklahoma City fared well. The metro ranked No. 7 on the list and the publication highlighted OKC's outstanding job and income growth over the past five years.
OKC Has More CNG Fueling Stations than Any Other City
July 21, 2014 - Bankrate
Oklahoma City has more fueling stations that any other city in the U.S., with 11 total according to Bankrate.
OKC: No. 1 Best City to Launch a Startup
July 9, 2014 - NerdWallet
Access to funding, labor and the cost of living can make or break a new business. Based on a NerdWallet study, OKC is ranked the No. 1 place to start a business in the U.S.
Oklahoma Ranks No. 7 on Thumbtack's Business Friendly List
June 26, 2014 - Thumbtack
Oklahoma was given an A+ and ranked No. 7 in Thumbtack's annual Small Business Friendless Survey. Here in the metro OKC received a grade of A- and was praised for the city's training and networking programs.
OKC Ranked No. 10 "Best City to Drive a Car"
June 17, 2014 - Nerd Wallet
Nerd Wallet set out to find which major cities were best for drivers and OKC came in at No. 10. The publication sited OKC's affordable gas prices as a big positive for the metro.
Oklahoma is Home to One of the Fastest Growing Economies
June 13, 2014 - U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
According to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Oklahoma has one of the top-five-fastest growing economies in the nation. Oklahoma saw a 4.17 percent increase in its GDP while the nation saw only a 1.9 percent increase over the same time span.
Workers are More Satisfied in OKC
June 13, 2014 - Fast Company
According to a new report from Fast Company, workers in Oklahoma City are some of the most satisfied in the nation. The publication ranked OKC No. 8 on its Employment Satisfaction Report Card due to employment opportunities in the metro.
Forbes: Oklahoma One of the Best States to Make a Living
June 9, 2014 - Forbes
Using economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and C2ER, Forbes ranked the best (and worst) states to make a living. To no one's surprise, Oklahoma fared well coming in at No. 9 on the list. Low unemployment and competitive cost of living helped the Sooner State achieve the ranking.
OKC Ranks as a Great Place to Work for a Small Business
May 13, 2014 - Wallet Hub
OKC routinely makes "Best Places to Start a Small Business" lists but what about working for a small business? The metro also ranks high in that regard according to Wallet Hub The website ranked OKC No. 5 on its "Best Cities to Work for a Small Business" ranking.
Looking to Start a Business? OKC is the Place
April 3, 2014 - The Business Journals
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.
CNNMoney: "People are flocking to OKC"
March 31, 2014 - CNNMoney
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 - New Geography
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
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
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 Middle-Class Job Creation
October 24, 2013 - New Geography
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
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
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
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
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 in the index.
Running City, USA - OKC Ranks as One of the Fittest Cities in America
July 9, 2013 - Facebook
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
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
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
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.
Forbes: OKC is an American Manufacturing Boomtown
May 30, 2013 - Forbes
According to a report from Forbes, Oklahoma City is one of the cities helping an American renaissance in manufacturing. In fact, the publication ranked OKC No. 4 on it "Manufacturing Boomtown" list. The metro has seen a 15.7 percent increase in manufacturing jobs since 2009.
OKC Ranks 4th for Economic Strength
May 23, 2013 - The Business Journals
Greater Oklahoma City ranked No. 4 in May's On the Numbers Economic Index. The monthly reports looks at the economic vitality of the U.S.'s biggest cities, factoring in things such as job growth, unemployment and retail activity.
Oklahoma City is Ideal for Young Entrepreneurs
April 29, 2013 - NerdWallet
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
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
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
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.
Best Places for Young Adults? OKC Ranks in the Top 10
March 26, 2013 - The Business Journals
More than 1.8 million U.S. students will be finishing college this May. Where should they go to start their career? According to The Business Journals, Oklahoma City should be at the top of their list. The business publication ranked OKC No. 7 on its "Best Places for Young Adults" list. The study looked at factors such as population growth, per capita income and private-sector employment growth.
OKC Gets AAA Rating for Third Straight Year
March 13, 2013 - Standard and Poor's
For the third straight year, OKC has received a AAA rating from Standard & Poor's. Strong financial management practices, high reserve levels and a stable and diverse economy are three of the factors that led the rating services to confirm Oklahoma City’s General Obligation debt rating. The rating allows OKC access to lower interest rates. Moody's Investor service also gave OKC a AAA rating.
High-Wage Sectors Growing Fast in OKC
February 27, 2013 - New Geography
In an era where many businesses are shedding high paying jobs, that sector continues to grow in Oklahoma City. New Geography ran the numbers and OKC ranks No. 6 on the "Fastest Growing High-Wage Sector" list. The metro saw a 31 percent growth in this sector over the past decade.
Forbes: OKC is One of the Best Cities for Good Jobs
February 25, 2013 - Kiplinger
Forbes recently ranked Oklahoma City No. 7 on its "10 Best Cities for Good Jobs" list. The publication looked at cities with the best combination of low unemployment, high wages and expected job growth to formulate their ranking.
Greater OKC Sports Three Universities on Best Values List
February 22, 2013 - Kiplinger
Access to an educated workforce is critical to all companies. With several high-quality, affordable universities in the metro area, companies in OKC are at a competitive advantage in the quest to find a talented workforce. Greater OKC placed three colleges on Kiplinger's "Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges" list: the University of Oklahoma, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
OKC Ranks No. 2 for Small Business
February 7, 2013 - The Business Journal
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
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 - Forbes
Forbes continues to recognize Oklahoma City, as the publication ranked the metro 17th on its list of "Fastest Growing Cities". Forbes predicts OKC will grow by 1.2 percent in 2013. That follows a 1 percent increase in 2012.
OKC Regains Top Spot in Economic Rankings
January 15, 2013 - On Numbers Economic Index
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.
December 27, 2012 - Brookings Institute
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
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
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
More and more national publications are starting to notice Oklahoma City's resilience during the recession. This time it's 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
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.
ESPN Ranks the Thunder the Top Franchise in Sports
October 18, 2012 - ESPN
The Oklahoma City Thunder have done more than take the NBA by storm as ESPN has named them the top franchise in all of pro sports. The magazine looked at a host of factors to see what franchises offered the most to their fan base. The Thunder scored particularly high in fan relations and the likability of its players.
OKC Continues its Streak as Nation's Economic Leader
October 8, 2012 - The Business Journals
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
A study by New Geography ranked Oklahoma City No. 3 on its "Best Cities for Engineers" list. Engineering jobs 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."
OKC Ranks as One of the Best Cities for College Students
October 1, 2012 - American Institute for Economic Research
The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) recently ranked Oklahoma City as the third-best mid-sized metro for college students. The report looked at 12 factors such as academic environment, quality of life and professional opportunities. OKC scored high marks for cost of living, student concentration and low unemployment.
Housing Revival No Problem in OKC
September 14, 2012 - The Business Journals
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 Outpaces the Nation in Household Income Growth
September 13, 2012 - U.S. Census Bureau
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Bucks the Trend with Retail
July 12, 2012 - The Business Journal
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.
Oklahoma Ranks First for Cost of Living
July 12, 2012 - CNBC
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.
Millennials Will Find a Home in OKC
July 9, 2012 - Moving.com
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
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 Fittest
June 1, 2012 - Men's Fitness
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Survey Finds OKC One of the Best Cities for Jobs in 2012
March 13, 2012 - Manpower Group
Manpower Group, an employment service firm, recently surveyed 18,000 employers across the country and tabbed Oklahoma City fourth in the their "Best City for Jobs in Spring of 2012". The metro area had a net employment outlook of 20 percent for the second quarter. In total, 24 percent of the OKC companies surveyed expected to increase hiring in the Spring.
Arts and Entertainment a Big Boom For Oklahoma City
March 6, 2012 - The Business Journals
Year after year, Oklahoma City sees growth in both tourism and general recreational spending. In fact, Arts and Entertainment are starting to become a significant sector of the OKC economy. According to stats recently released by The Business Journals, Oklahoma City ranks in the top 10 percent of all metros in Arts and Entertainment employment. This sector has more than 8,000 employees and that number continues to grow.
OKC is a Great Place for Manufacturing
February 20, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
As the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to release their 2011 data, OKC continues to get good news. It was revealed today that Oklahoma City ranked in the top 10 in manufacturing growth. The metro saw a 5.20 percent job increase in that sector over the past year.
Retail Continues to Grow in OKC
February 9, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
As 2012 kicks off, Oklahoma City continues to see the retail sector gain momentum. In fact, according to stats from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, OKC ranked third in the nation in percentage increase in retail jobs. Oklahoma City saw a 3.68 percent increase in jobs in 2011.
U.S. Cities Bouncing Back from the Recession
February 7, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oklahoma City is one of 13 cities in the United States to have bounced back from the recession. The list includes major markets that have recovered all jobs lost during the recession.
Three OKC Companies Make 100 Best Place to Work List
February 6, 2012 - Fortune
Three Oklahoma City headquartered companies recently made Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work for List". American Fidelity Assurance, Chesapeake and Devon are all repeat winners and all not only made the list for 2012 but ranked in the top 50.
OKC is Surging in Private-Sector Gains
February 6, 2012 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A lot has been made about Oklahoma City's economic strength during the Recession and the numbers continue to back up the praise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, OKC ranked seventh in the nation for private-job growth between 2010 and 2011. The metro saw a 12,000 job increase which represents a 2.75 percent increase in one year.
Oklahoma City is One of the Happiest Cities to Work In
January 17, 2012 - CareerBliss.com
People are just happier when going to work in Oklahoma City, at least according to CareerBliss.com. The company recently surveyed 43,000 workers nation wide and found that Oklahoma City was the third "Happiest City for Work", proving once again that OKC is the perfect place to work, play and live.
OKC Makes List of Cities with Best Real Estate Appreciation Potential
January 11, 2012 - Forbes
Forbes recently released their list of cities they felt had great real estate potential and Oklahoma City made the top 10. OKC's steady home prices the past three years and four percent population growth helped the metro make the renowned publication's ranking.
Study Finds OKC Ranks High for IT Activity
January 6, 2012 - Zinnov
Leading management consulting company Zinnov recently looked at the best economically emerging mid-sized cities. Among other things, their study showed Oklahoma City ranked second among these top cities in back office outsourcing. The study went on to show that companies can save 20 to 25 percent by headquartering in places like Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Great for Starting a Business
December 28, 2011 - Kiplinger
Renowned business forecaster Kiplinger named Oklahoma City one of its "10 Great Cities for Starting a Business". The write up goes on to say "Oklahoma City entrepreneurs have two big advantages over business owners elsewhere: midwestern start-up costs are low, and government support for business is strong." The article also highlights i2E's contributions to entrepreneurship in Oklahoma City.
Forbes Recognizes Oklahoma City's Manufacturing Economy
December 15, 2011 - Forbes
Oklahoma City is no stranger to Forbes as the metro made another of the publication's rankings. This time Forbes named Oklahoma City one of the "Best Cities for Manufacturing Jobs". The story cited Oklahoma City's 28-percent growth in manufacturing jobs over the past 10 years.
Oklahoma City Named One of the "Most Secure Places to Live"
December 15, 2011 - Farmers Insurance
Oklahoma City is one of the safest large metros according to Farmers Insurance's eighth annual "Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S." report. The study, which ranked OKC No. 18, looks at crime rates, extreme weather, air quality and other factors.
Oklahoma City Ranked No. 1 for Economic Security
December 14, 2011 - MetroTrends
MetroTrends released their annual Report Card on Economic Security and Oklahoma City was at the top of the class. The publication gave OKC an "A" and ranked it as the Best Metro in the U.S. for economic security. In the write up, the metro's area diverse economy was lauded, as well as the stable housing market.
Wall Street Journal Names OKC One of the Best Cities for Business
December 13, 2011 - Wall Street Journal Market Watch
The Wall Street Journal recently released their annual list of "Best Cities for Business" and Oklahoma City cracked the list for the first time. The metro came in sixth due to its personal income and job growth. The article also highlighted Project 180 and the relocation of Boeing and Continental Resources.
OG&E Named Best Electric Utility in North America
December 9, 2011 - Electric Light and Power |
Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services was named the best electric utility in North America by Electric Light and Power Magazine. The publication highlighted OG&E's rollout of their new smart grid technology and the fact that OG&E consistently produces lower rates for Oklahoma when compared with other states.
Oklahoma City Offers Best Value in Office Space
December 9, 2011 - Building Owners and Mangers Association |
Oklahoma City offers one of the most competitive business climates in the country. One major factor in that is the affordability of the office market. Recently, the Building Owners and Managers Association ranked the metro area as the ninth most affordable office market in the U.S.
Oklahoma is One of the Best States for Business
December 8, 2011 - Forbes
Forbes recently released its sixth annual scorecard of "Best States for Business" and Oklahoma came in an impressive 13th. The publication highlighted Oklahoma as a state moving up due to our improved job and economic outlook. Oklahoma scored its highest ranking is business cost and economic climate ranking. Oklahoma City has routinely had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation the last couple of years.
Oklahoma City the Best Place for Military Retirement
November 9, 2011 - USAA
Oklahoma City offers a high number of jobs that require skill-sets learned in the military. That combined with a large number of veteran-owned businesses, numerous federal jobs and a local VA medical center led USAA to name the metro as the "Best Place for Military Retirement" in the U.S.
Eight Healthiest Housing Markets
November 7, 2011 - RealtorMag
The National Association of Realtors recently named Oklahoma City one of the "8 Healthiest Housing Markets" in the United States. Expected income increases and low unemployment continue to attract new businesses and households to the metro area according to the publication.
10 Cities Where Mortgages are Staying Afloat
November 3, 2011 - AOL Real Estate
Oklahoma City continues to receive national praise for its steady housing market. This time AOL Real Estate lauded the metro area at the No. 8 city "Where Mortgages are Staying Afloat". Low unemployment and steady home prices the past 12 months helped Oklahoma City land on the list.
Site Selection Tabs Oklahoma as Having One of the Best Business Climates
November 1, 2011 - Site Selection
Site Selection released their annual rankings of "Best Business Climates" and Oklahoma came in at 13th. Of all the factors used, Oklahoma showed best in the Executive Survey aspect of the rank.
Oklahoma City is the Fourth-Best for a Job Search
October 25, 2011 - BenefitsPro
A lot of factors go into a healthy job market and Oklahoma City offers most of them. Low cost of living, low unemployment and value in the housing market caught BenefitPro's eye as the site named the metro area as the "Fourth Best City for a Job Search."
Oklahoma City Named One of the Nation's 100 Best Communities for Young People
October 12, 2011 - America's Promise Alliance and ING
Oklahoma City achieved national recognition as one of America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People presented by ING for its initiatives to help young people. This is Oklahoma City's fifth time on the 100 Best Communities for Young People list.
Oklahoma City among Top 20 Strongest Metros in the Nation For Tenth Consecutive Quarter
October 6, 2011 - Brookings
For the tenth quarter in a row, Oklahoma City was listed as one of the Top 20 Strongest Metros among America's 100 largest metropolitan areas, according to The Brookings Institute MetroMonitor report. Oklahoma City has been in the Top 20 in this report since the recession began. While the majority of the cities evaluated saw high unemployment rates, rising foreclosures and other negative economic indicators, Oklahoma City saw a positive trend in nearly all areas.
Best Sports Cities: OKC Makes the Cut
October 4, 2011 - Sporting News
Oklahoma City has always been known as a town crazy about sports, from our love for our local minor league franchises to our favorite colleges, the metro has always boasted passionate fans. However, since the Thunder came to town that passion has been taken to another level. The Sporting News has taken notice and named OKC the No. 26 "Best Sports City" in America.
Oklahoma City #5 on "Best Places to Start Over" List
September 31, 2011 - MSN Real Estate
Oklahoma City has done more than just OK in the jobs arena. It has consistently ranked as one of the nation's strongest economies over the past few years. Low unemployment, healthy economy and stable housing market landed OKC on the 10 "Best Places to Start Over" list.
Oklahoma Makes Top 10 in Two Categories of "Top States For Doing Business" Survey
September 22, 2011 - Area Development Magazine
Area Development recently surveyed highly-respected location consultants and Oklahoma City came up big in two critical areas. The state ranked fourth in both incentives and shovel-ready programs. Those surveyed work with a nationwide client base.
Oklahoma City #3 on "10 Metros with Greatest 5-Year Gain in Real Estate Values" List
September 2, 2011 - Inman News / Zillow
Housing bubble not inspiring any Lawrence Welk-esque merriment in your area? Check out Oklahoma City. Zillow "calculated the 10 U.S. metro areas that have experienced the largest gains in home values over the past five years, based on the company's home-value estimates and its Zillow Home Value Index" in order to find the best housing markets in the country. OKC clocked in at a 10.1% rate of appreciation over that period, in stark contrast to the many negative rates that continue to dominate the nation.
Chesapeake Energy Arena Ranked 6th on the NBA
August 24, 2011 - Orlando Sentinel
Chesapeake Energy Arena was ranked as the 6th-best arena in the NBA due to great location, the mascot Rumble and friendly and rowdy fans. The author expects the arena to jump into the top three after current renovations are complete.
Oklahoma City Makes Top 10 of "Best Places to Live" List
August 3, 2011 - RelocateAmerica via WSJ Marketwatch
Citing a "renovation of convention, cultural and educational sites" as well as all types of new downtown development projects, Oklahoma City lands at number 10 on another Top 10 list (this time from relocation specialist RelocateAmerica) for best places to live.
Kotkin: OKC a Top 20 Boom Town in the U.S.
July 6, 2011 - Forbes / New Geography
Past, present and future job growth and demographic factors like growth in educated migration and population increases help explain Oklahoma City's presence on Joel Kotkin's "Next Boom Towns in the U.S." top 20 list, published in Forbes and New Geography. What's behind the next boom? "...well-established patterns of job creation and vital demographics will drive future regional growth, not only in the next year, but over the coming decade. People create economies and they tend to vote with their feet when they choose to locate their families as well as their businesses," says Kotkin.
Oklahoma City Named 2nd-Best Place to Start a Small Business
July 1, 2011 - The Fiscal Times
Along with an affordable cost of living and a high concentration of local investors, The Fiscal Times explains OKC's exciting environment for emerging companies as easy-to-succeed for entrepreneurs with a bevy of groundbreaking incentives alongside a strong economy, an expanding population, great "quality of life, revitalized downtown, and cultural activities, along with a talented workforce."
Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers: OKC #28 of 200
June 29, 2011 - Forbes
Forbes looked at "12 metrics relating to job growth (past and projected), costs (business and living), income growth, educational attainment and projected economic growth," as well as a bevy of quality-of-life factors and proximity to highly-ranked colleges among the top 200 metros in the country. Oklahoma City's economic strength, cost of doing business, income growth and proximity to four universities on Forbes' "Best Colleges" ranking all helped OKC rise to the top 14% of all 200 metro areas studied.
Oklahoma Ranked 6th-Lowest Cost of Business State, 4th-Best Economy
June 28, 2011 - CNBC
In CNBC's "America's Top States for Business 2011" report, Oklahoma ranked 6th-best for cost of business due to low income, property and business taxes, "particularly as they apply to new investments." CNBC also factored in utility costs, cost of wages and rental rates for both office and industrial space to round out their cost-of-business rankings. In addition, Oklahoma also ranked as the 4th-best economy (due to economic diversity and fiscal health) and the 3rd-lowest cost of living in the CNBC study.
Brookings: Oklahoma City Among Top 20 Metros for Overall Performance
June 21, 2011 - The Brookings Institution MetroMonitor
Once again, Oklahoma City is singled out among the Top 20 Performing Metros according to The Brookings Institution. Brookings examines employment numbers, unemployment rates, home prices and gross metropolitan product levels to determine their star performers, once again showing OKC's resilience and economic strength and diversity, even during - as well as after - the recession.
Oklahoma City Boasts 5th-Best Retail Employment Growth Since Recession
June 20, 2011 - The Business Journals
In Bizjournals' analysis of new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Oklahoma City ranks fifth in raw retail employment growth since April 2008, "when the recession slammed the brakes on consumer spending." OKC is also one of only eight of the top 100 markets to add jobs since the recession began, another indication of how Oklahoma City's economic strength makes it one of the country's few prime growth spots for destination retail. With a strong economy, high-paying jobs, multiple Fortune 500 headquarters and a real estate market lauded for its investment potential, OKC is on every national retailer's radar.
Global Insight: Oklahoma City Expected to Show 2nd-Highest GMP Growth
June 20, 2011 - U.S. Conference of Mayors / Global Insight
With an estimated 7.5% increase in Gross Metropolitan Product, Oklahoma City ranked 2nd for GMP growth among the 100 largest U.S. metros in Global Insight's 2011 U.S. Metro Economies Report of GMP and employment forecasts. Highlighting a rosy future as well as a sunny recent past, the report also details OKC's actual 4.8% annual average GMP growth rate from 2007-2009, which ranks #1 among the 100 largest metros, as well as our lowest unemployment rate among metros with more than 1 million in population for Q1 of 2011.
Two OKC HQ'd Cos Among Computerworld's "Best Places To Work in IT"
June 20, 2011 - Computerworld
A healthy, highly-skilled, productive, cutting-edge workforce is the norm in Oklahoma City. For the 2nd year in a row, Chesapeake Energy (#7) and American Fidelity (#11) have been named to Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT" list - both headquartered in OKC.
Oklahoma City Boasts 5th-Best Retail Employment Growth Since Recession
June 20, 2011 - The Business Journals
In Bizjournals' analysis of new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Oklahoma City ranks fifth in raw retail employment growth since April 2008, "when the recession slammed the brakes on consumer spending." OKC is also one of only eight of the top 100 markets to add jobs since the recession began, another indication of how Oklahoma City's economic strength makes it one of the country’s few prime growth spots for destination retail. With a strong economy, high-paying jobs, multiple Fortune 500 headquarters and a real estate market lauded for its investment potential, OKC is on every national retailer’s radar.
OKC a Top 20 Fastest-Growing Area for 5-17 Year-Olds
June 16, 2011 - New Geography
In another sign of present and future growth, New Geography looked at new census data to determine the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. for kids, while noting that most cities at the top had a few things in common, including job growth, strong economies and affordable housing. Want a place that's attractive to families and where it's easy to find a workforce now and in the future? Try Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Thunder Ranked 6th-Best Pro Sports Franchise by ESPN
June 15, 2011 - ESPN The Magazine
Ranked 6th overall and 2nd in the NBA by ESPN, the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder mirrors their hometown by excelling in areas crucial and easily recognizable to business that explain both on- and off-the-court success: Bang for the buck (ROI), overall affordability (low cost structures), fan relations (spirit of community partnership) and players (workforce).
Two OKC HQ'd Cos Named to Top 10 "Best Large Companies to Work for in America"
June 7, 2011 - Careerbuilder.com / AOL Jobs
Want a place where headquarter companies can thrive? Try Oklahoma City, with two companies, Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy, in the Top 10, according to AOL Jobs and Careerbuilder.com.
OKC #3 on "Best Cities for Recent Grads" List
June 1, 2011 - Newsweek / The Daily Beast
After four years at college, which "cities offer the brightest future?" Oklahoma City ranks 3rd in Newsweek's "The Daily Beast" new "Best Cities for Recent Grads" list by virtue of our superior economy along with an outstanding quality of life. First-class housing, employment, affordability and livability rankings? We've got it all - along with more than 120,000 metro college students - in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Boasts 6th-Greatest Increase in Financial Sector Employment
May 25, 2011 - The Business Journals
A product of a strong economy, a business-friendly environment and the lack of a financial sector unduly disturbed by unwelcome subprime lending practices, Oklahoma ranks an amazing 6th in raw change in financial sector job growth since 2010.
Oklahoma Ranks #12 in Raw Private Sector Job Growth
May 24, 2011 - The Business Journals
Adding more than 31,000 jobs from April 2010 to April 2011, Oklahoma's job numbers are a result of not simply avoiding the housing bubble, but of a strong economy and a workforce that is ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Forbes / New Geography: OKC #8 of "Top Big Cities for Manufacturing Jobs"
May 9, 2011 - Forbes
What city boasts an enviable CareerTech system offering free employee training, a solid tradition and experience in the MRO sector, and a business climate that just does it better for manufacturers with comprehensive tort and workers' comp reform just passed? Whether you're involved in traditional industrial activities or high-tech manufacturing, Oklahoma City shines, coming in at #8 on Joel Kotkin's "New Geographer" / Forbes' "Top Big Cities for Manufacturing Jobs" list
Forbes: OKC 4th-Best Place to Buy a Home Right Now
May 9, 2011 - Forbes
Housing bubble or high unemployment got you down? Come to OKC. Forbes looked at Zillow data for 125 metro areas, examining home price-to-income ratios, unemployment, foreclosures and price trends and found OKC to indeed be both a better living and a better life, putting us at #4 on their "Best Places to Buy a Home Right Now" list.
OKC #7 on "Best Cities to Find a (Great) Job" List
May 5, 2011 - CBS News BNET
Based on Indeed.com's latest job posting / unemployment analysis, BNET recognized Oklahoma City's strong economy, quality of jobs available and our nation's-best low unemployment rate, and put OKC at lucky #7 on their list of "Best Cities to Find a (Great) Job," which comes as no surprise to some of our new residents and companies. Read more on our ongoing renaissance at our new digital magazine, Velocity.
Chief Executive: OK is more than OK for Biz
May 3, 2011 - Chief Executive
Coming in at #11, Oklahoma makes the 4th-best one-year jump, and the biggest five-year gain of all, in Chief Executive's annual "Best and Worst States for Business" survey results - and all this before passing comprehensive workers' comp and tort reform this legislative session.
Oklahoma City #2 in The Business Journals' "Small Business Vitality" Ranking
April 11, 2011 - The Business Journals
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and County Business Patterns, The Business Journals' third annual Small Business Vitality index shows Oklahoma City 2nd on their list of most conducive places for the creation and development of small businesses. Bizjournals used a six-part formula to analyze the nation's 100 largest metros to find the best climates for businesses to grow and flourish -- and once again, Oklahoma City shows its low-cost, high-value combination is tough to beat.
OKC's OMRF Ranked #6 in National Survey
March 3, 2011 - The Scientist
In its annual ranking of the “Best Places to Work for Postdoctoral Fellows,” The Scientist magazine ranked the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, headquartered in downtown Oklahoma City's burgeoning biotech corridor, 6th among U.S. institutions. The rankings, which appear in the March issue of The Scientist, were based on surveys that gathered thousands of responses from postdoctoral fellows—postdocs—at nearly 100 institutions.
Oklahoma City Earns Highest Possible Ratings from S&P, Moody's
February 28, 2011 - Standard & Poor's and Moody's / City of OKC
Standard & Poor’s rating service has announced that they confirm Oklahoma City’s General Obligation debt rating of AAA, while Moody’s Investor Service has also confirmed the City’s Aaa bond rating. Both ratings are the highest ratings offered by their respective services, putting Oklahoma City in an elite group of the best municipal credits in the marketplace. A few of the factors that contributed to Oklahoma City’s continued high rating include: Oklahoma City’s expanding regional economic base that serves as the State’s economic engine; ongoing downtown redevelopment; consistently strong financial performance and position that includes strategic business planning; conservative financial management practices; low debt and an affordable capital improvement program; and political and management stability -- all factors that contribute to making OKC a great place for business.
BEA: Oklahoma City 1st in Real GDP Gains Among Top 50 Markets
February 23, 2011 - Bureau of Economic Analysis
With 80 of the top 100 U.S. markets suffering economic decline, Oklahoma City ranked #3 overall and #1 among large markets in percentage change in real GDP, registering a whopping 14.5% increase in metro output during the 2008-2009 study period. High value and a stable local economy mean companies in Oklahoma City find it easier to grow and prosper in any economic climate.
OKC Shows Strong Private-Sector Job Growth Over Past Year, Decade
February 3, 2011 - Bureau of Labor Statistics / Bizjournals
A new analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Oklahoma City's recent success is not simply a passing fortuity, with OKC ranking in the top ten (#7) in percentage job growth over the past year, and in the top 25 (#21) in raw job growth over the past decade.
U.S. News: OKC is 4th Best City to Get a Job
February 1, 2011 - U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News analyzed stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and job aggregator site Juju.com to find the best places for the unemployed to seek "greener pastures." OKC's economy and quality of life continue to outperform the competition, and these results are just another indicator of Oklahoma City's ongoing success.
Citizens of Oklahoma City Named Southern Business & Development's "Person of the Year
February 1, 2011 - Southern Business & Development
Citizens of "The City that Keeps Investing in Itself" were recognized by respected economic development publication Southern Business & Development for their willingness to be a part of the larger vision that has put OKC on positive media lists all over the world, jump-started the city's renaissance made it such a great place for both citizens and business. As the article says, "In an age of marked skepticism... Oklahoma City stands out like no place in the country. It is a city that has continued to invest in itself over and over again and the results are nothing less than extraordinary."
ABC News: Oklahoma City Ranked 2nd on "Best Cities to Buy a Home" List
January 26, 2011 - ABC News / Zillow
With "a strong job market that's only getting better," improving home prices and almost unheard-of value, OKC is ranked 2nd on ABC News' "Good Morning America" / Zillow report on the Best Cities to Buy a Home in 2011.
Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts Achieves Elite National Ranking
January 21, 2011 - Art Fair Sourcebook
According to the latest edition of Greg Lawler's "Art Fair SourceBook," Oklahoma City's annual Festival of the Arts is ranked in the elite top 20 (#16) in the Fine Arts category. Lawler's publication is an industry standard for artists as well as art festival patrons from all over the country, and the ranking is further proof that OKC's cultural amenities continue to paint a pretty picture for prospective and current residents alike.
Oklahoma City Boasts Top Ten (#6) Private-Sector Job Growth Rate
January 6, 2011 - Business First / Bureau of Labor Statistics
Oklahoma City's value continues to drive business success. Analyzing new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Business First found Oklahoma City to have the sixth-highest percentage growth in private-sector jobs from November 2009 to the same month a year later. The Oklahoma City MSA added 7,200 positions - enough to even rank OKC in the top 20 (#19) in raw job growth.
Oklahoma City Ranked Fifth on Forbes' "America's Best Job Markets" List
January 6, 2011 - Forbes
Boasting one of the lowest employment rates in the nation, Forbes reports that "retail and leisure jobs have been on the upswing, as well as professional services" - further proof that OKC is the place to be for business to grow.
Forbes: OKC Among Top Ten Best Bargain Cities
January 6, 2011 - Forbes
For this analysis, Forbes examined median home prices, salary data, cost-of-living factors and unemployment rates to "reflect the strength of local economies." Oklahoma City lands at number nine on their list due to our low unemployment, rising incomes and outstanding overall value for employees and businesses alike.
MPF Research: OKC Ranks 4th Among Apartment Markets to Watch
December 29, 2010 - MPF Research Archived Video
MPF Research noted Oklahoma City's leading job growth in the tech sector, as well as job growth overall, in naming OKC its #4 "Secondary Market to Watch in 2011."
OKC Among 10 Real Estate Markets to Thrive in 2011
December 20, 2010 - Business Insider
Citing strong job growth and corresponding net migration as well as continued stability and development of OKC's energy and aerospace sectors, Business Insider picked Oklahoma City as one of its "10 Real Estate Markets That Will Thrive in 2011." OKC's well-known value also plays a factor, with an astounding 80.1% (tops on the list) of families able to afford their own home.
Brookings: Once Again, OKC A Top 20 Performer
December 15, 2010 - The Brookings Institution MetroMonitor
The seventh installment of Brookings' MetroMonitor series again highlights Oklahoma City as being among the Top 20 Strongest Performing Metro Areas in the nation. Oklahoma City was also singled out for being one of only 15 large metro areas to have at least 3 consecutive quarters of job growth the last year, one of only five large metros who had job growth in every quarter of 2010, and one of only ten metro areas that regained more than a quarter of the jobs they lost between their pre-recession high and post-recession low.
Oklahoma City Ranked #2 Post-Military Best Places
December 8, 2010 - Military.com / USAA
Noting Oklahoma City's low housing costs, wealth of nearby educational opportunities, recreational and cultural resources (not to mention a thriving Tinker Air Force Base), Oklahoma City was ranked second on Military.com / USAA's Best Places for Military Retirement list. Often coveted by corporate recruiters, Oklahoma City makes a wealth of sense for post-military folks as well as businesses that value low costs and a productive, stable, well-skilled workforce.
OKC #1 in Tech Job Growth
December 7, 2010 - TechAmerica Foundation / Cybercities 2010
Ready for yet another example of the power of Oklahoma City's low cost / high value combination and what it can mean to business growth and expansion? Clocking in at #1 in both percentage (5.4%) and raw (more than 900) job growth last year, Oklahoma City tops TechAmerica Foundation's Cybercities 2010 jobs report.
Mayor Mick Cornett Garners 2nd Place in World Mayor Project
December 7, 2010 - World Mayor
Highlighting economic, fiscal and social initiatives and the partnership between leadership and the business community in Oklahoma City, the City Mayors Foundation awarded Mayor Mick Cornett with 1st runner up in the 2010 World Mayor Project competition. Tann vom Hove, senior editor at City Mayors, said Mayor Cornett helped turn a city with an unsure future into an American showcase of urban renewal. "A number of economic, fiscal and social initiatives have turned Oklahoma City, which doubted itself after the bombing of 1995, into one of America's boomtowns."
Oklahoma Leads Nation in GSP Growth Rate
November 18, 2010 - Bizjournals
In a year where 38 states showed declines, Oklahoma lead the nation in Gross State Product gains in 2009, at 6.6% - and was the only state in the southwest region to record an increase.
Urban Land Magazine / ULI Lists Top 10 Areas of New Non-farm Jobs: OKC #7 in Raw Gains
November 11, 2010 - Urban Land (subscription)
Examining BLS data for new non-farm raw job growth over the past year, the Urban Land Institute's Urban Land magazine noted Oklahoma City's place at #7 on that list - out of the nation's largest 49 metros.
Newsweek's "Top Ten Places Poised for Recovery" Highlights Oklahoma City
November 8, 2010 - Newsweek
Is your city "stronger and shinier" than it was before the "economic twister?" In addition to appearing on Newsweek's "Top Ten Places Poised for Recovery" list, man-behind-the-curtain Joel Kotkin puts the spotlight on Oklahoma City's low unemployment, growing energy and aerospace sectors, home value stability and net in-migration from California, all helping to make OKC one of the best job markets for young people. With all these factors in place, as Kotkin puts it, "who's to say Oklahoma City can't be Oz?"
Oklahoma City #2 in Job Growth Rate, Top 10 in Raw Private Sector Job Gains
November 3, 2010 - Bizjournals / BusinessFirst
According to new figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, among the nation's largest 100 metros, Oklahoma City ranked #2 in terms of percentage gain of private sector job growth, and an astounding #9 in terms of raw numbers of private sector job gains from September 2009 to September 2010.
Forbes: Oklahoma City #1 "America's Most Affordable City"
October 28, 2010 - Forbes Magazine
Forbes looked at a variety of factors, including unemployment and job growth as well as cost of living, in order to come up with their list. "We searched for cities that had a balance of cheap living and economic prosperity--places with solid job markets, but where costs aren't prohibitive." Their conclusion to the question of who offers the best overall value in the nation? Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett Named Public Official of the Year
October 27, 2010 - Governing Magazine
Cited for his leadership on MAPS 3 (the latest iteration of Oklahoma City's landmark capital projects program) and community health initiatives, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine, the nation's preeminent publication for state and local governments. Among the qualities recognized are leadership, courage, innovation, creativity and good management. Good leadership and partnership opportunities are essential ingredients for a positive business environment - and OKC has working together to get big things accomplished down to an art.
OKC's Devon Energy Named BCA TEN Award Recipient by Americans for the Arts
October 20, 2010 - Americans for the Arts
A strong supporter of the arts in Oklahoma City, Devon Energy has been named one of the prestigious BCA TEN award winners for the 10 Best Companies Supporting the Arts in America. Through a variety of means and programs, Devon has reached out to school children, art students and local patrons all across OKC, and is truly one of the best examples of a "good corporate citizen" in the global marketplace today.
Milken: OKC Among Top 25 Best Performing Cities
October 19, 2010 - Milken Institute
What are the strongest indicators of a great city for business? After examining job, wage, salary and technology growth, Milken Institute found Oklahoma City to be in their Top 25 Best Performing Cities (#21). Milken attempts to understand the forces behind creating / sustaining jobs and economic growth, and once again OKC proves a great place to be for business.
Oklahoma City Ranked 7th for Income Growth
October 13, 2010 - Portfolio.com
Portfolio analyzed the nation's largest 100 metro areas and their federal income data over the last 25 years, leading to another Top Ten ranking for Oklahoma City. OKC's income growth index was 28.29, with a 25-year income growth rate of 169.9 percent, 7th best in the U.S., due to OKC's stable marketplace, self-investment, and smart, targeted economic development policy that produces returns for companies and citizens alike.
Oklahoma Adding Leisure & Hospitality Jobs at Top 10 Rate
October 12, 2010 - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics / Bizjournals
Oklahoma is more than OK when it comes to being more than just a great place to live, work and play - it's also a great place to visit. In another sign of a strong, diversified economy, Oklahoma is ranked 4th in percentage gain of Leisure & Hospitality jobs, and ninth in terms of raw job change from 2005 - 2010, in a new analysis by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Haven't been to OKC lately? Perhaps it's time you made a visit to see why Oklahoma City makes such a great place for business, workers, families - and tourists.
Oklahoma City Arts District Neighborhood Named one of America's "10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010"
October 12, 2010 - American Planning Association
A virtual mirror of Oklahoma City's economic turnaround as a whole, Oklahoma City's historic Paseo district was named to the American Planning Association's "10 Great Neighborhoods for 2010" list. The Spanish-influenced Paseo Arts district, in the midst of a remarkable renaissance, joins high-profile neighborhoods such as Denver's LoDo and Cincinnati's Hyde Park on the list, and is really just beginning to hit its stride. A popular local haven and hangout, the Paseo Arts District is another example of Oklahoma City's burgeoning arts, cultural and neighborhood scene.
Forbes: OKC a Top 5 Fastest-Growing City
October 11, 2010 - Forbes
What makes a city a "prime dynamic region?" A successful mix of a growing economy and affordability - the same qualities that make Oklahoma City a great place for business. "Our future cities also are often easier for workers and entrepreneurs alike," says Forbes. We happen to agree.
Oklahoma a Top 10 State for Doing Business, OKC a Top Ten Metro
October 11, 2010 - Area Development Magazine
Area Development Magazine, a respected site-selection trade publication, recently polled a "select group of highly respected consultants who work with a nationwide client base." In this flash survey, they asked consultants to rank states and cities according to eight site selection criteria critical to business success, including business costs, tax environment, labor climate, and rail / highway accessibility, among others. The result? Oklahoma is once again recognized as a great state for business location, and Oklahoma City also makes a Top Ten List appearance for best metros for business.
Oklahoma City in Top Five Low Rents
September 28, 2010 - U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey
Another reason OKC makes a great place for business and employees? Low housing costs. In new data released by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Oklahoma City is in the Top Five Low Rents among the nation's 50 largest metro areas.
Oklahoma City One of Best Communities for Young People
September 21, 2010 - America's Promise Alliance
One of only a handful of cities to achieve this designation four times, America's Promise Alliance again recognized Oklahoma City as being one of the winners of the Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People. OKC received the honor due to a renewed focus on mentoring programs for youth and wide range of related volunteerism and philanthropy.
Brookings MetroMonitor - OKC Among 20 Strongest Performers Once Again
September 15, 2010 - The Atlantic / Brookings Institution
If housing prices, unemployment, and economic production are some of the factors Brookings examines, no wonder we're so high on their lists.
No Test Anxiety Here: OKC Named One of Top 75 Places to Live While Going to College
September 8, 2010 - American Institute for Economic Research
Scoring high in various Academic Environment, Quality of Life and Professional Opportunity factors, Oklahoma City gets an "A" for being a great place for students and recent grads. We think it's not too bad for older peeps, either.
Need Less Stress? Try Oklahoma City
September 7, 2010 - Portfolio.com
Why worry? Living is easy in Oklahoma City, as evidenced by Portfolio.com's analysis of the nation's 50 largest metros which placed OKC as the 6th least stressful city in the U.S. Portfolio looked at unemployment, finances, health, weather, population, crime, traffic and more and found that in Oklahoma City, it is indeed a better living, and a better life.
Oklahoma City Among 10 Best Real Estate Investment Markets
August 21, 2010 - Local Market Monitor / Wall Street Journal
Income growth, stable employment, diversity of economy and stable home prices all contribute to another OKC Top Ten (#8) ranking, this time for real estate investment.
Forbes: Oklahoma City among Top Ten "Best Cities to Find a Job"
August 20, 2010 - Forbes
With our low unemployment rate and a rate of only 2.3 candidates per open position, Forbes put Oklahoma City in the lucky seventh position in their "Best Cities to Find a Job" list.
OKC Named Top 10 Metro for Economic Growth Potential
July 2010 - Business Facilities
Looking heavily at growth potential of each city's economic development strategy, OKC landed in the top 10 (#9) of Business Facilities' Top 10 Metro list.
Oklahoma City in Top 20, Shows Gains in Raw Private-Sector Job Numbers
June 30, 2010 - BusinessFirst / U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
While a staggering 53 of the nation's largest 100 metros lost jobs since May 2000, Oklahoma City was #20 in terms of raw private-sector job growth over the past decade (May 2000 to May 2010) with a net gain of 14,500 jobs.
OKC's "Paw Park" Repeatedly Recognized Among Nation's Best
June 28, 2010 - The Oklahoman (via Dog Fancy and Southern Living)
Who knew a park built for our four-legged friends would turn out to be a great place to meet fellow bipeds? Recently, Oklahoma City's premier dog park was named to the top 13 of Dog Fancy magazine's "America's Best Dog Parks" contest, as well as Southern Living's "The South's Five Best Dog Parks" list. Featuring a pond, water stations, trees, benches, and lots of room to run, Paw Park proves to be a great place for dogs - and their owners - to hang. Indeed, as park planner Don Bobzien indicates, the park might be a young professional's alternative to singles bars. "The dog park is the easiest place in Oklahoma City for total strangers to talk to total strangers," he said. "I mean, they have in common their dogs. ... Pretty soon some great relationships start out there. We've had some that developed into great romances."
Parenting: OKC a Top 10 City for Recreation, Economy
June 22, 2010 - Parenting Magazine (economy) (recreation)
Looking for a great place to "parent up" some great kids? Look no further than Oklahoma City. Parenting magazine took a look at unemployment rates, property values, commute time, park space and more and found OKC to be a Top 10 city in both the "Strongest Economies" list (#6) and "Best Cities for Recreation (#10) lists.
Three OKC-Area Companies on Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT" List
June 21, 2010 - Computerworld
In another sign of a healthy, highly skilled and productive workforce, two OKC-HQ'd companies, American Fidelity Assurance (#14) and Chesapeake Energy (#17) were named to the top 20 of Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT 2010" rankings, while the University of Oklahoma (#85) was also cited among the nation's best, including a top 10 ranking (#7) in the career development category.
Factors Driving Volunteer Rates Also Good for Business - OKC in Top 5
June 16, 2010 - Volunteering in America / U.S. Government
Oklahoma City has the fifth highest overall volunteer rate among the 51 largest cities in the U.S., as well as the second-highest number of volunteer hours per resident, among other high volunteer rankings. The latest Volunteering in America Report explains the factors that drive OKC's high volunteerism rates, like home ownership levels, short commutes, high education levels, low foreclosure rates and low unemployment -- factors that are also good for business.
OKC Makes Brookings' List of "Strongest-Performing Metro Areas" - Again
June 15, 2010 - The Brookings Institution
Listed in Brookings' MetroMonitor Q1 2010 report as "one of the 21 strongest-performing metro areas" and by The Huffington Post at #4 on its "11 Cities That Are Beating The Recession" list (archived) utilizing the same data, Oklahoma City continues to beat the odds, as well as the recession, due to our business-friendly, low-cost environment. Brookings looked at employment, wages, output, and housing conditions among the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S.
Strong Job Growth Continues in Oklahoma City
June 7, 2010 - New Geography
Oklahoma City landed at #11 on New Geography's "2010 Best Cities for Job Growth" list. With both recent and long-term upward trends in job growth, Oklahoma City continues to batter the recession - rather than the other way around.
OKC Boasting Bewildering Broadband Advantages
May 25, 2010 - Speedtest.net / Ookla
Oklahoma City boasts the fourth-fastest broadband speeds in the country, besting the likes of New York City, Denver and Sacramento, according to Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net. With free WiFi recently employed throughout our downtown entertainment district, Oklahoma City means business when it comes to broadband.
Oklahoma Leading the Way in Entrepreneurial Activity
May 20, 2010 - Kauffman Foundation
The latest Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity shows Oklahoma and Montana "outdoing the usual suspects" when it comes to launching new businesses. Due to our low-cost, high-value business environment and the pervasive "pioneer spirit" of our citizens, Oklahoma City is indeed proving to be a great place to start and run a business, and the new Kauffman data only backs this proposition.