The world’s most visible newspaper and an impressive upstart website proclaiming to be the “encyclopedia of cool” both gave Oklahoma City some nice props today.
In the New York Times, Oklahoma City is held up as a city where people are moving to for opportunity and an escape from the high cost of living in large cities.
“Oklahoma City, for example, has outpaced most other cities in growth since 2011, becoming the 12th-fastest-growing city last year. It has also won over a coveted demographic, young adults age 25 to 34, going from a net loss of millennials to a net gain. Other affordable cities that have jumped in the growth rankings include several in Texas, including El Paso and San Antonio, as well as Columbus, Ohio, and Little Rock, Ark.”
“Some of the newcomers say that as they contemplated living with roommates, sitting in traffic and barely scraping by, the good things about life in a high-cost city lost their appeal. “The beach isn’t going to pay my rent,” said Jacqueline Sit, 32, who left Portland, Ore., where she worked as a television reporter, to come to Oklahoma City, where she quickly found a job in public relations.”
Read the whole story. It couldn’t make the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber more giddy.
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never heard of The Coolist website. But its documentary (watch at the top of this post) does a nice job capturing the nuances of Oklahoma City’s sports, recreation, arts and culture and presents a picture of a city that is very different than it was 20 years ago. Everything you see in this documentary did not exist when I first started at The Oklahoman in 1990.
We know our city is continuing to change. We know we’re moving forward. But it’s nice still when outsiders notice and take the time to share that story.