Saluting our cities

by Ray Carter Published: July 19, 2013

Oklahoma’s two major metropolitan areas are among the nation’s most military friendly.

According to and G.I. Jobs, Oklahoma City is the nation’s second-best city for military personnel. Tulsa is ranked eighth (No. 1 was San Antonio.)

The list scores cities on the number of job openings at military-friendly employers, military-friendly schools and the number of registered veteran-owned businesses in the region. The report shows there are 240 businesses owned by veterans in the Oklahoma City area and 86 in the Tulsa area.

Cost of living and the unemployment rate are also considered, which benefits Oklahoma since both local rates are far lower than national norms.

Oklahoma cities’ high ranking won’t shock most people. Oklahomans have a proud tradition of military service, and this state is home to several military bases. Even if it’s not a surprise, the ranking should be a source of pride.

by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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