Recent third-party OKC rankings roundup
Third-party accolades, while not definitive proof of success, are certainly at least an indication of positive attention. And Oklahoma City has seen its share of good coverage lately, with some impressive headlines and rankings from well-known sources.
In December, Oklahoma City was named among Travel + Leisure magazine’s top places to travel in 2020, alongside cities such as Beijing, Kyoto, Rome, Dubai, Quito and more. As a result of that placement, which was due in part to the work of the CVB Destination Marketing team, OKC was featured on the Today show the next week during a report on the Travel + Leisure piece.
“This attention was due to our staff’s fantastic PR work as well as the great progress we’ve all helped make happen when it comes to making OKC a great place to live as well as visit,” said Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
That announcement came on the heels of an Arizona State University study reporting Oklahoma City was ranked No. 1 out of 115 cities on their “Ease of Doing Business” rankings. Also in late 2019, OKC’s annual resident survey put resident satisfaction ratings among the best in the U.S., with nearly nine out of 10 residents rating Oklahoma City as an “excellent” or “good” place to live. The national average for large American cities (population 250,000+) is about half. Veterans United also recently ranked Oklahoma City No. 5 in its “Top 50 Cities for Veterans to Live in 2020” list.
Just last month, WalletHub named Oklahoma City among “10 best state capitals to live in,” and Reader’s Digest listed OKC among “the best American cities for live music (besides Nashville),” and careful POINT Economic Indicator watchers will recall Zillow recently listed Oklahoma City as No. 1 among its “Best Markets for Tech Expansion” rankings.
Finally, Oklahoma City was just featured in another article published on TravelandLeisure.com on February 12, “The Best Places to Travel in April.” The article mentions several OKC mainstay events, including the OKC Memorial Marathon, Redbud Classic and Oklahoma Quarter Horse Spring Show, in addition to the opening of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and the USA Softball Hall of Fame, the OKC Thunder, OKC Dodgers, OKC Energy FC, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The article also notes the 25th anniversary of the bombing, prompting readers to visit the National Memorial.