A Rich History, A Promising Future
At the turn of the century, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad line ended in a field several miles northeast of Tulsa. As the land around the end of this railroad developed, the Osage Indian Word Owasso (meaning the end or turnaround) was adopted to identify the area. Owasso formally became a town under laws of the Indian Territory in 1904 and was chartered as a city September 28, 1972.
The population of Owasso remained at just a few hundred people until the end of World War II. It was at that time veterans came to the area to be a part of the aircraft industry that was developing. With the focal point being the Tulsa International Airport just south of Owasso, aircraft and related industries brought employees and their families to Owasso from across the midwest.
Today, Owasso is a vital and innovative city with an estimated area population approaching 40,000. The steady growth increase experienced in the 1980s continued in the 1990s, making Owasso one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Oklahoma, with a 65.9% percent increase in population since 1990.
A Quality Community
Why are people choosing Owasso? In addition to its location near a major metropolitan area, the city offers residents a quality lifestyle with a strong and committed city government, low crime rate, top notch emergency services, and a wide variety of cultural activities. A number of major corporations are located in immediate proximity to Owasso. Some examples are Boeing, American Airlines, Verizon, National Steak and Poultry, and Whirlpool.
The city's government includes a 5 member City Council with a professional City Manager administering a $21.5 million annual budget. The city management team is committed to integrity and sound fiscal policy and operates a long-range city plan. Well-staffed police and fire departments ensure a secure environment for Owasso citizens. The city enjoys the protection of an enhanced 911 emergency system and a municipally owned ambulance service.
Restaurants & Events
Owasso provides its residents with a wide variety of restaurants, medical services, financial institutions, churches, child-care facilities, retail stores, and realtors. In addition, a local weekly newspaper, library facility (currently expanding), local private airport, retirement complex, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and numerous apartment complexes make Owasso a complete community with an enhanced quality of life.
Annual events include the Miss Owasso Scholarship Pageant, Trail Days Festival, Leadership Owasso, Youth Leadership Owasso, Chamber Auction, Annual Block Party, Smart Flight Golf Tournament, Holiday Home Tour, a Christmas parade, and a local United Way fundraising effort.
Owasso's citizens are keenly aware of the essential value of a top-notch education and are committed to furthering Owasso's educational system. The city's school system enjoys an exceptionally high level of parent involvement and an active education foundation that funds innovative teaching programs.
Presently, the community has seven elementary schools, separate centers for 6th - 8th grades, a mid high (9th and 10th grades), and a 6A-ranked high school. Owasso was the state's first school system to introduce foreign language at the elementary level and boasts state-of-the-art computer training capabilities. The school system also has a wide variety of sports, and holds the honor of 7 state baseball championships and 4 runner ups within the last 12 years, as well as other athletic and academic accomplishments.