As the largest suburb of Tulsa, Broken Arrow has more than 90,000 residents-and is projected to have a population of more than 100,000 in the coming years. The city has seen tremendous growth as of late, with several new commercial developments targeting Oklahoma Highway 51 as a prime location. City officials have also begun a massive downtown renovation project that involves the building of new commercial and cultural centers, residential improvements, and new development standards to give downtown Broken Arrow more of a residential look and feel.
All this effort has brought recognition. In 2006, Broken Arrow was ranked among the 100 best places to live by Money magazine, and Business Week magazine has called it one of the "Top 25 Affordable Suburbs in the South." The city has also been named one of the best towns for families by the editors of Family Circle magazine.
As one of the top manufacturing centers in Oklahoma, Broken Arrow is home to companies in the medical, technology, construction, and food production industries. Major employers include Tulsat, Montag Fine Candle Company, MicahTek and Oklahoma Healthcare Services.
The city of Broken Arrow accommodates a mostly urban population of more than 90,000. Neighborhoods and districts of Broken Arrow accommodate around 27,000 houses of which more than 26,000 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than two-thirds are owner-occupied. The median home price in Broken Arrow is much higher than the statewide median.
The city of Broken Arrow is taking steps to revitalize its downtown residential areas. Many of the neighborhoods on the northern and western edges of downtown, along Kenosha (71st Street) and Elm Place (161st Street), have been labeled "transitional" by the city. Transitional areas include some of the oldest housing stock in the city, much of which suffers from lack of investment or has fallen into disrepair. The southern and eastern neighborhoods in the downtown perimeter, along Washington (91st St.) and Lynn Lane (177 E. Ave.), are more stable areas that have preserved their historic character.
The city is served by two educational systems: Broken Arrow Public Schools (with an enrollment of nearly 16,000 students attending more than a dozen elementary schools and an array of intermediate schools and academies, as well as a senior high) and Union Public Schools. In addition, there are also options for higher education:
One public television station and one cable channel, which broadcasts municipal information, are located in the town, while two FM radio stations transmit to the community. There is one twice-weekly newspaper, the Broken Arrow Ledger, which is published every Wednesday and Saturday.
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