Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa, Oklahoma City Even Toss for Best

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa, Oklahoma City Even Toss for Best

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The battle between Oklahoma City and Tulsa for the best growth potential mantle brought out many statistics that, instead of delineating which city had greater potential, showed the cities are closely aligned.

At least that's what Bob Dauffenbach, director of the Business and Economic Research Center at Oklahoma State University, concluded after reviewing the barrage of data let loose during the Oklahoma Department of Commerce relocation fight.

In an earlier statement during an economic conference, Dauffenbach's colleague at the university, Larkin Warner, said that there wasn't "a dime's worth of difference" between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. At Wednesday's meeting of the Economic Roundtable, Dauffenbach said he'd go one step further and say there wasn't a nickel's worth of difference between the two communities in the average annual growth rates of five categories.

Total personal income in both communities averaged about 9.3 percent annually between 1969 and 1987, according to U.S. Department of Commerce statistics.

Oklahoma City and Tulsa mirrored each other in population growth, which increased 2 percent annually, and per capita personal income growth, which increased slightly more than 7 percent annually, between 1969 and 1987, the federal agency said.

Tulsa barely edged out Oklahoma City in total employment, increasing at an average annual rate of about 2.7 percent. Oklahoma City returned the favor by producing a 6 percent average annual increase in nonfarm proprietor employment compared to Tulsa's 5.5 percent growth in that category.

Though the similarities are striking, Oklahoma City and Tulsa followed different paths to arrive at this terminus, Dauffenbach said. …

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