"You're the best hometown I know"

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Relocate-America.com has named Tulsa the best place to live in America for 2009.

Throughout the calendar year, we accept nominations for cities & towns throughout the country to be considered as a "top place to live". The nominating parties must include their own reasons why they feel their city should make the list. The nominations, along with key data regarding education, employment, economy, crime, parks, recreation and housing are reviewed, rated & judged by our editorial team. Special consideration is taken on the Top 10 Cities as they are listed in a ranked order of America's Top 10 Places to Live.

The top 10:

  1. Tulsa, OK
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
  3. Pittsburgh, PA
  4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  5. Huntsville, AL
  6. Houston, TX
  7. Albuquerque, NM
  8. Lexington, KY
  9. Little Rock, AR
  10. Oklahoma City, OK

Jenks also made the top 100 -- a specific ranking wasn't provided.

This honor is a good excuse to publish the following. My dad received an e-mail from a fellow Santa containing a Tulsa TV jingle from the 1980s:

There's a feeling in the air that you can't get anywhere except in Tulsa.
I'll taste a thousand yesterdays and I love the magic ways of Tulsa.
From the green countryside, we share the glowing pride
Each time we touch the sky.
From where the rivers flow, where all good feelings grow
With all good neighbors passing by.

Makes no difference where I go,
You're the best hometown I know.
Hello, Tulsa.
Hello, Tulsa! TV 2 loves you......

(Turns out the "Hello News" package, written by prolific jingle composer Frank Gari, has been used in 36 markets in the U.S, and in Australia, Canada, and Latin America, with local references built in for each. More about the Tulsa and Dallas deployments of the theme on Tulsa TV Memories. Gari is also responsible for two recruitment jingles: "Be All That You Can Be" and "Be A Pepper.")

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David S. Author Profile Page said:

Sounds like if a city lied they wouldn't investigate enough to know the truth. Kinda like voting for the best story teller isn't it?

moogle Author Profile Page said:

I think these ratings are usually based on the metropolitan statistical area which, for Tulsa, includes several of the counties around Tulsa.

You know something is hosed when you see Little Rock on the list. The murder and property crime rate in Little Rock city limits are worse than Memphis. Even if you expand out to the metropolitan area, Litte Rock still comes up in the top 20 most violent areas.

It makes one wonder if the list was made by throwing darts at a map.

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