All About Owasso, Oklahoma
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Owasso, Oklahoma; A Rich History... A Promising Future

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"Owasso" a northern suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma is an Osage Indian word, meaning "the end of the trail" or "turn around." At the turn of the century, it identified the area where the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad line ended - in a field several miles northeast of Tulsa, which became Owasso. The depot for the railroad was the first Owasso building. Originally settled in 1881 in Indian Territory, the town incorporated in 1904 just prior to Oklahoma statehood and was chartered as a city in 1972.

Owasso's population remained at a few hundred people until the end of World War II. Then the veterans came to the area for the developing aircraft industry, mainly the Tulsa Airport, located just south of Owasso. The aircraft and related industries brought families to Owasso from across the midwest from 1950-1970 raising the population into the thousands.

Owasso has been experiencing rapid growth ... according to the 2020 Census, zip code 74055 population in 2020 was estimated at 38,240. Owasso is one of the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma. Owasso is located approximately 5-7 miles north of Tulsa off of Highway 169, and east of Highway 75 North. Owasso has become home to an estimated 34,000 residents and serves a market area comprised of about 700,000 Oklahomans. Owasso residents get the convenience and amenities of a metropolitan area without living there.

Owasso Annual Averages: 9 inches of snow as compared to the average US city getting 25 inches/year, and 39 inches of rainfall as compared to 37 with other cities. The average high temperature is 94 degrees high in July and low average of 39 degrees in January.
Here is a cool map of the historical monthly and yearly average temperatures for the Tulsa/Owasso Ok areas, Average Monthly Temperatures.

Owasso offers a wide variety of businesses and services, a local weekly newspaper - the Owasso Reporter, Owasso Library, Historical Museum, Gundy's Airport, a local private airport located 3 miles east of Owasso, several retirement complexes, nursing homes and assisted living centers. There are several industrial and manufacturing businesses within minutes, that provide thousands of jobs to area residents. American Airlines is our largest employer. (Aircraft manufacturing, modification, repair, and research.)
The Cherokee Industrial Park, located 3 miles west of Owasso, includes major tenants: Bama Foods, Capital One, Laufin International Tile, Nordam, Ryerson Steel, Sabre, the Whirlpool Manufacturing plant, Verizon, The Tulsa Police Academy, and most recent is Macy's huge fulfillment center just minutes west of Owasso off of 76th ST. North. The Port of Catoosa, just minutes east of Owasso, also employs currently over 4,000. Owasso is conveniently located within minutes of Tulsa International Airport, Cherokee Industrial Park, American Airlines and Port of Catoosa.

Owasso is well respected and recognized as a family friendly community, that is a city with character and without limits. Convenience, local recreation, restaurants, shopping, churches and highly rated schools are a spotlight to Owasso. The Bailey Ranch Golf Club opened in 1993 as one of the premier championship public courses in this part of the Country. Owasso also is home to the Patriot Golf Club established in 2010 and designed by preeminent golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Community parks, local YMCA facility and an 80-acre municipal sports-plex available for soccer, baseball and softball offer fun and relaxation to area residents. Additional recreational opportunities are conveniently located at one of the many area lakes: Oologah, Skiatook, Hudson, Keystone and Ft. Gibson (all within 15-40 minutes).

Owasso offers many superior services and advantages including: outstanding schools, child care centers, churches and many clubs and organizations, full range of professional and medical services, 2 Hospitals, Community Center and Senior Services, full service banking and investment offices, hotels, a vast variety of restaurants, specialty shops, and shopping centers.

Owasso has a City Manager/Council form of government. The people are in charge of the make up of the municipal government. The voters elect five City Council Members who serve as policy makers. The City Manager is responsible for day to day operations of the city and our City Departments. He works closely with the Owasso Public Works Authority, Owasso Economic Development Authority, and the Golf Authority.

Sales Tax is the primary source of income for the city. This helps to pay salaries, infrastructure, etc. Owasso has no income from ad valorem taxes, and has in the past left this source of income for the schools, which are rated very high in excellence in education.

Owasso's excellence in schools, quality of life, Churches, businesses, and family values are just a few reasons people decide on Owasso to become their city of choice to live and call home.

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Check out our "Did You Know" Webpage for more Owasso information. For more information, visit the City of Owasso government Website; stop by the Owasso Chamber of Commerce at 315 S Cedar, or call (918) 272-2141 for a newcomers welcoming package, consisting of maps, and information guides to learn more about Owasso.


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