Services

in the City of Tulsa

Services is the second highest scoring theme, and, while the theme is broad, the topics are all related to public services that affect Tulsans’ quality of life. From the importance of libraries and the access to information they provide, to the agency that voter registration provides to those casting a ballot, to how public transportation can serve as an alternative means of commuting. The necessity of these essential services in daily life cannot be understated.

The disadvantaged groups focused on in this theme are based on geography, race and mode of transportation.

The topics in the Services theme are Public Works, Political Empowerment, and Transportation.

You can see a snapshot of the indicators averaged in this theme in the chart to your right and then visit the sections below for more detail and additional findings.

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Public Works

The indicators in the Public Works topic are:
  • Geography & Vacant Housing Units
  • Geography & Public City Parks with Playgrounds
  • Geography & Public Library Hours
Vacant housing can be the result of things like economic blight, rising costs and foreclosure. City programs, such as the City of Tulsa Working in Neighborhoods Department, exist to reinvest in neighborhoods and to correct code and safety violations. City parks and public libraries play an important civic role in the community. Look at the chart to your right for an overall picture of this topic and then look at each indicator and the scores in context for more detail and additional findings.

Indicators within Public Works

  • Geography & Vacant Housing Units

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of the percent of vacant housing units in North Tulsa to South Tulsa

    What are the Results?
    North Tulsa 16.8%; South Tulsa 9.5%

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    1.768

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    50

    What Did We Find?
    North Tulsa has over one and half times the proportion of vacant housing units (16.8%) as South Tulsa (9.5%). Midtown has the second highest percent of vacant units (12.3%), followed by West Tulsa (11.1%), and East Tulsa (10.7%).

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 5-Year Estimates, Table B25002; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 5-Year Estimates

  • Geography & Public City Parks with Playgrounds

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of the number of public city parks with playgrounds per 1,000 residents in North Tulsa to South Tulsa

    What are the Results?
    South Tulsa 0.08; North Tulsa 0.41

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    0.195

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    100

    What Did We Find?
    Parks are an important part of a city’s infrastructure, as they provide a cost-effective space for both physical health through recreation as well as a space for social interaction. Children and adults benefit from playgrounds that are near to home. North Tulsa has five times as many public city parks with playgrounds per 1,000 residents (0.41) as South Tulsa (0.08). West Tulsa has the second highest number of public city parks with playgrounds (0.26), followed by East Tulsa (0.18), and Midtown (0.14).

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    City of Tulsa, Open Data, December 2017; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 5-Year Estimates

    Note: North Tulsa is generally the most disadvantaged geography. For this indicator, North Tulsa performs better than the comparison geographies, so the indicator receives a perfect score of 100. (See Methodology for more information.)

  • Geography & Public Library Hours

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of Midtown to East Tulsa libraries’ number of hours open per week per 1,000 residents

    What are the Results?
    Midtown 2.6; East Tulsa 0.9

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    2.798

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    35

    What Did We Find?
    Libraries are an important space for communities, providing essential services to those who may not have access otherwise. The number of hours per week that a library is open affects who and when a person is able to access not only books, but resources like computers, the internet, educational resources, and job training materials. Libraries in Midtown are open almost three times more per 1,000 people (2.6) than East Tulsa libraries (0.9). West Tulsa libraries are open second longest (2.4), followed by North Tulsa (1.9), and South Tulsa (1.2).

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    Tulsa City-County Library, Locations within City of Tulsa, Hours of Operation, November 2017; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 5-Year Estimates

Political Empowerment

The indicators in the Political Empowerment topic are:
  • Race & Government Representation
  • Geography & Voter Registration
  • Geography & Home Owners Associations
City of Tulsa Authorities, Boards, and Commissions (ABCs) are volunteer citizen committees that work to create policies and develop programs. Minority representation on these committees could assist in developing policies and programs that serve the interests of Tulsa’s diverse community. Increasing voter registration in underrepresented populations would likewise bolster democratic participation and thus progress towards greater equality. Similarly, Home Owners Associations (HOAs) serve in the interest of their neighborhoods, however, there are disparities in the parts of town with active HOAs.

Look at the chart to your right for an overall picture of this topic, and then look at each indicator and the scores in context for more detail and additional findings.

Indicators within Political Empowerment

  • Race & Government Representation

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of the number of White to Hispanic / Latino members of City of Tulsa Authorities, Boards, and Commissions (ABC’s) per 1,000 population

    What are the Results?
    White 0.9; Hispanic / Latino 0.4

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    2.421

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    38

    What Did We Find?
    Authorities, Boards, and Commissions (ABCs) are groups of community volunteers who meet on a variety of topics to help create policies for the city. White (0.9) and Native American (0.8) Tulsans are better represented on City of Tulsa ABCs than Black (0.5) and Hispanic / Latino (0.4) Tulsans.

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    City of Tulsa (by request), Authorities, Boards, and Commissions Dashboard, December 2017; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016 1-Year Estimates

  • Geography & Voter Registration

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of South Tulsa to North Tulsa rates of voter registration per 1,000 residents ages 18 and over

    What are the Results?
    South Tulsa 103.3; North Tulsa 64.3

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    1.605

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    56

    What Did We Find?
    In a democratic system, voting is a critical way for communities to get their voices heard is by those in positions of power. South Tulsa’s voter registration rate per 1,000 residents ages 18 and over (103.3) is about one and a half times higher than the voter registration in North Tulsa (64.3). Midtown had the second highest voter registration (96.2) followed by West Tulsa (82.2) and East Tulsa (80.0).

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    Oklahoma State Election Board (by request); U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 5-Year Estimates

  • Geography & Home Owners Associations

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of South Tulsa to East Tulsa number of Home Owners Associations (HOAs) per 1,000 residents

    What are the Results?
    South Tulsa 1.17; East Tulsa 0.58

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    2.007

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    40

    What Did We Find?
    Home Owners Associations (HOAs) provide an avenue for residents to participate in their neighborhoods. HOAs can have benefits related to maintenance and general oversight of the community. South Tulsa has the most HOAs per 1,000 residents (1.17), followed by Midtown (0.91), North Tulsa (0.87), West Tulsa (0.67), and East Tulsa (0.58).

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    City of Tulsa, Open Data, December 2017; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 5-Year Estimates

Transportation

The indicators in the Transportation topic are:
  • Geography & Bus Stops
  • Mode of Transportation & Commute Time
  • Geography & Bikeability
Bus routes and commute time can be barriers to Tulsans who rely on public transportation. For instance, the location of bus routes and route schedules influence a person’s ability to get to work or to scheduled appointments. Bike routes and trails provide another Transportation option as well as provide recreational space. Take a look at the chart to your right for an overall picture of this topic, and then look at each indicator and the scores in context for more detail and additional findings.

Look at the chart to your right for an overall picture of this topic, and then look at each indicator and the scores in context for more detail and additional findings.

Indicators within Transportation

  • Geography & Bus Stops

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of Midtown to South Tulsa rates of bus stop concentration per 1,000 residents

    What are the Results?
    Midtown 6.8; South Tulsa 1.6

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    4.316

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    25

    What Did We Find?
    The location and concentration of bus stops affect how people travel through the city which, for example, can have an impact on job opportunities. Midtown has over four times the amount of bus stops per 1,000 residents (6.8) than South Tulsa (1.6). North Tulsa has the second highest concentration of bus stops (5.7), followed by West Tulsa (3.6), and East Tulsa (3.5).

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    Metro Tulsa Transit Authority (by request), December 2017; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2015 5-Year Estimates

  • Mode of Transportation & Commute Time

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of the percentages of individuals who rely on a private vehicle to get to work to individuals who rely on public transportation to get to work with a commute time under 30 minutes

    What are the Results?
    Private 85.3%; Public 39.8%

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    2.143

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    40

    What Did We Find?
    Public transportation can be a barrier to employment, especially when it is unreliable or when schedules are infrequent. Of individuals who use a private vehicle to get to work, 85.3% have a commute time under 30 minutes compared to just 39.8% of individuals who rely on public transportation.

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016 1-Year Estimates

  • Geography & Bikeability

    What is Measured?
    Ratio of miles of bike trails per square mile in Midtown to East Tulsa

    What are the Results?
    Midtown 0.37; East Tulsa 0.03

    What is the Indicator-Level Ratio?
    12.167

    What is the Indicator-Level Score?
    1

    What Did We Find?
    Bicycles are both recreational and practical means of transportation. Designated bike routes make transportation by bicycle safer. Midtown has the most miles of bike trails per square mile (0.37), about twelve times the amount of East Tulsa (0.03). South Tulsa (0.196) and West Tulsa (0.193) have the second and third highest amount of bike trails, followed by North Tulsa (0.096).

    What Data Source(s) were Used?
    Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) (by request), City of Tulsa and Riverparks Authority, 2017