Forbes: Oklahoma City 6th Most Livable City

Monday, April 6th 2009, 11:26 pm
By: News 9

By Jennifer Pierce, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Forbes magazine has been ranking Oklahoma City in many of its best lists, including its most recent accolade, the sixth most livable city in the country.

Forbes took into consideration income growth, unemployment rate, how affordable it is to live in Oklahoma City, and the crime rate.

"The fact that we are well below the national average on unemployment, we continue to have companies that are doing very well, we have not had any kind of major layoffs, that's what really important," said President and CEO of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Roy Williams.

Fifteen cities made the list, including Tulsa at No. 5, multiple cities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and topping the list was Portland, Maine at No.1.

"Nearly a decade ago, the leaders of this community, both the public and private sector, really launched this city on a new destination and a new vision. And I think we are seeing the benefits and wisdom of those leaders vision," Williams said.

Oklahoma has also had four companies recently ranked by Forbes in the Top 100 Companies to Work For and Oklahoma City was also rated as one of the best places for business and careers.

See the full list and read the article on how Oklahoma City made the "Most Livable Cities" list.