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The Oklahoma City Attraction

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Posted 07.09.12

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Oklahoma City is one of the top 10 cities in the nation for millennials, according to a study by, which considered “affordable housing, low unemployment and access to nearby attractions and education” in compiling its list, reported 24/7 Wall St.

“While the cities on this list do not have the lowest rents, home prices or unemployment, they have the best combination of all three,” the site reported. Unemployment in these places is also low—Oklahoma City’s jobless rate is just 4.5 percent, for example.

Other things that make OKC attractive to the 18- to 29-year-old crowd:

The city is also a good location for nightlife, according to the report. It has several minor league sports teams, as well as the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. On top of its several attractive qualities, the city also hosts several universities.

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Oklahoma City has also proven attractive to the creative class—as has Tulsa. Although neither city made the The Atlantic Cities’ list of “leading creative class metros,” they’re probably not too far off. According to the map accompanying that story, both Oklahoma cities appear to have high concentrations of the creative class in their workforce—between 35 and 40 percent. The No. 20 city on that list, Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut, has 39.5 percent.

“Nationwide, the creative class totals more than 40 million workers, more than a third of the total workforce, including professionals in the fields of science and technology, design and architecture, arts, entertainment and media, and healthcare, law, management and education,” The Atlantic Cities reported.

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Coincidentally, both cities are also seeing an increase in their Baby Boomer populations. In May, Ad Age composed a map of U.S. aging trends between 2000 and 2010. Both Oklahoma and Tulsa counties saw an increase in their over-65 populations, while most of the counties in rural western Oklahoma saw a decrease.

Holly Wall, News Editor