Bartlesville, OK · 918.336.8708

Quality of Life

Cost of Living

Affordability ranks high as one of Oklahoma’s strengths. The composite cost of living in Oklahoma is approximately 10% lower than the national average, ranking the state seventh among all 50 states in affordability.

6 89.9 98.3 74.2 103.2 94.5 97.7 93.4

2017 Cost of Living Index for States, U.S.=100
State Rank All States Overall Grocery Items Housing Utilities Transp. Health Care Misc Svcs
OK 3 89.2 95.5 75.2 98.1 89.2 92.3 95.3
AR 2 87.8 91.7 77.0 97.7 87.5 88.1 92.2
TX 11 91.2 90.2 84.8 99.5 94.0 95.8 93.0
KS 7 90.2 94.5 77.2 98.2 93.1 95.7 95.4
MO 6 89.9 98.3 74.2 103.2 94.5 97.7 93.4
Source:  (Council for Community & Economic Research

The Overall Cost of Living Index is based on a weighted average of Grocery Items, Housing, Utilities, Transportation, Health Care, and Miscellaneous Services. State & Local Taxes are not included.

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A primary component of cost of living is home prices. In 2014, the annual median price of sold homes in the Bartlesville area was $102,900. Compare these prices to a statewide average median of $117,000.

Median price – the price at which half the sales prices fall above and half the prices fall below – is considered more reflective of actual sales price, as it is not as prone to be skewed by prices that are far above or below the norm.    

Median Price of Homes Sold
Geographic Area 1at Qtr 2018
Washington County $100.200
Tulsa MSA* $132,500
Houston (TX) $325,000
Kansas City, (MO-KS) $154,800
Southern Region $174,200
United States $197,400
Source: National Association of Realtors, Oklahoma State Realtors
(* Tulsa CSA data not available, using Tulsa MSA)

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Elementary / Secondary

Bartlesville schools are part of the Bartlesville Public School District.  The District includes one high school (grades 9-12), two middle schools (grades 6-8), and six elementary schools (starting grades vary by school (pre-K, K, or 1) (end grade-5).  As of 2015, Freshmen are housed in a new Freshman Academy Building on the Bartlesville High School campus.

Bartlesville schools compare well to the rest of the state and on the national level, as evidenced by a comparison of 2015 American College Testing (ACT) scores.  In the last five years, Bartlesville has averaged 22.7 on its composite ACT scores, exceeding both the state and and national averages.

2015 ACT Scores
Geographic Area Composite English Math Reading Science
Bartlesville High School 22.6 22.2 21.8 23.5 22.3
Oklahoma (state) 20.7 20.1 19.8 21.5 20.7
USA 21.0 20.4 20.8 21.4 20.9
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education
Five Year Composite ACT Scores for Bartlesville High School Students
Class of '15 22.6
Class of '14 23.0
Class of '13 22.6
Class of '12 21.9
Class of '11 23.3
Source: Bartlesville Public Schools, Oklahoma State Dept. of Education


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Universities & Colleges, Career & Technical Training

Career preparation and continued adult education add to the success and achievements of individuals in Bartlesville. Two four-year universities and a technology school provide excellent opportunities for higher education in Bartlesville. Additional higher education institutions and opportunities for postgraduate studies are available just 45 minutes south in Tulsa.


  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University
  • Rogers State University-Bartlesville
  • Tri-County Technology Center


  • Oklahoma State University-Tulsa
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Tulsa Community College
  • Tulsa Technology Center
  • Tulsa University
  • University of Oklahoma-Tulsa


Universities in Bartlesville

OWU LogoOklahoma Wesleyan University (OWU)
Located in Bartlesville, OWU is a four-year private liberal arts college with an enrollment of about 600 students. OWU offers undergraduate degrees in accounting, business administration, communications, English, human resources, mathematics and nursing as well as many graduate programs.



RSU LogoRogers State University (RSU)

RSU emphasizes accounting, telecommunications, business administration and management, marketing and computer programming. The Bartlesville campus and RSU's main campus in nearby Claremore offer classes via television and the Internet in addition to the traditional classroom environment.


Career Tech Training in Bartlesville

TCC LogoTri County Technology Center (TCTC)
TCTC, located in Bartlesville, offers an individualized learning environment. More than 600 full-time day students and over 3000 adult and industry evening students attend TCTC per semester. Daytime programs include cosmetology, business and computer technology, culinary arts, dental assisting, paralegal studies and commercial printing and design. TCTC also offers short-term evening and community education classes.


Universities & Colleges in Tulsa (45 minutes south of Bartlesville)

UT LogoThe University of Tulsa (TU)
TU is a private university, and provides academic offerings in business, communications, engineering, law, liberal arts and music. TU is internationally recognized for programs related to petroleum exploration and development.


ORU LogoOral Roberts University (ORU)
ORU places its academic focus on business, communications, engineering, liberal arts, music, nursing and theology. The university is a private institution founded by evangelist Oral Roberts.


OSU LogoOklahoma State University (OSU)-Tulsa
OSU-Tulsa has expanded course offerings to provide more than 80 degree choices at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Master and doctoral degrees are also available from OU and OSU through the OU/OSU Research center located at the OSU-Tulsa campus.



OU LogoUniversity of Oklahoma (OU)-Tulsa
OU-Tulsa places its academic focus on allied health, architecture, arts and sciences, fine arts, liberal studies, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Master and doctoral degrees are available.



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Health Care

Health Care in Bartlesville

JPMC provides quality health care to the Bartlesville area

Jane Phillips Medical Center (JPMC), a member of the St. John Health System of Tulsa, is a general medical and surgical center located in Bartlesville and is accredited by NIAHO (National Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). With 137 beds, JPMC offers a wide range of services, including general medicine, surgery, cardiopulmonary care, maternal and infant care, cancer treatment, geriatric care, orthopedics, and physical medicine.

Tulsa Health Care Facilities

Metropolitan Tulsa has over two dozen hospitals providing a full range of medical treatment, including Tulsa Life Flight, a 24-hour emergency helicopter service to and from the region's hospitals. Seven general hospitals serve Tulsa: Children’s Hospital at St. Francis, Hillcrest Medical Center, Oklahoma State University Medical Center (formerly Tulsa Regional Medical Center), St. Francis Hospital, St. John Medical Center, and Southcrest Hospital. A number of specialty hospitals and clinics are also available.  There is also a Cancer Treatment Center of America located in Tulsa.

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Bartlesville has plenty of entertainment and recreation opportunities for both residents and visitors alike. The City’s Parks Department oversees 15 parks, ranging from a 12-mile paved walking/jogging/biking trail that extends throughout the city to small neighborhood parks with playgrounds and picnic tables. The Department also oversees numerous athletic fields, an 18-hole golf course, 14 lighted tennis courts, and two outdoor pools with splash pads. Private organizations such as the YMCA and First Baptist Church Family Life Center provide indoor fitness facilities for the entire community.



A father and son enjoy fishing together at Copan Lake

Fishing is one of the favorite activities in this area, and there are plenty of places to try your luck. Jo Allyn Lowe Park and M.J. Lee Lake are both located inside the city limits, while the city-owned Hudson Lake is only a 20-minute drive away. Copan Lake to the north and Hulah Lake to the west offer additional opportunities for fishing and other kinds of water activities.



A family enjoys padding the river at Osage Hills State Park

If you want to get away from it all, Osage Hills State Park is only 12 miles west of Bartlesville. Campgrounds, RV hook-ups, and cabins allow you to spend several days at a time in the great outdoors. The park has miles of hiking trails, as well as lakes and rivers to paddle on, and picnic tables with grills.



World class artwork and a wide variety of both artifacts and animals can be found at Woolaroc Ranch and Museum

Woolaroc Ranch, Museum, and Wildlife Preserve, a world-class tourist destination, lies just outside Bartlesville’s city limits in the rugged Osage Hills. Visitors will view exotic and local wildlife on their drive through the preserve, en route to the Woolaroc Museum, the seasonal Mountain Man Camp, and the Frank Phillips Lodge.



The Price Tower -- Frakn Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper -- sits in the middle of downtown Bartlesville

In the center of Bartlesville itself is another world-class destination -- the Price Tower and Art Center. This architectural marvel is the only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Visitors can continue their tour of architecture and history by following the Bartlesville Heritage Trail through the Downtown area, a nationally-designated Historic District. While there, they can stop in at the Bartlesville Area History Museum and the Phillips Petroleum Museum.


Dewey Attractions

Visitors enjoy the Tom Mix Museum

Just north of Bartlesville, in Dewey, are two more attractions – the Tom Mix Museum, a tribute to the actor who came from Dewey, and the Dewey Hotel, a turn-of-the-century hotel which has been restored and refurnished to look much as it did when it was first built. And only a few miles east of Dewey is a re-creation of a prairie town called… Prairie Song.


Cultural Activites

Bartlesville boasts many cultural activities, many taking place at the Community Center

Cultural activities reign supreme in Bartlesville. The city boasts its own symphony orchestra, ballet troupe, and choral society. The Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired community center hosts performances throughout the year, by these groups as well as traveling Broadway productions and world-renowned musicians, comedians, and dancers.

During the first weekend in June, the city kicks off summer with a food-and-fun event called SunFest. The following week, visitors from all over the globe converge on Bartlesville for the internationally-known OK Mozart Festival, a 10-day event celebrating Mozart and the not-so-Mozart. Then, in September, the area celebrates its unique culture with Western Heritage Weekend and Indian Summer Festival.

For more information, go to Bartlesville’s Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

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Crime Rate

Washington County’s violent crime rate – defined as murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault – is less than half of Tulsa’s and Houston’s and significantly lower than the state of Oklahoma’s and the national violent crime rate. Property crime rate for Washington County is 15% higher than the national rate and 8% higher than Oklahoma’s, although lower than Houston’s. Offenses defined as property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Crime Rates, per 100,000 People
Geographic Area Violent Crime Rate Property Crime Rate
  2012 2011 2012 2011
Washington County (per 1,000 people) 29.71 29.58 27.1 27.0
Tulsa MSA 542.7 554.1 3,302 3,576.9
Houston (TX) 561.5 550.8 3,116 4,109
Kansas City (MO-KS) 488.2 476.8 3,475.6 3,407.4
Oklahoma (state) 469.3 454.8 3,401.0 3,356.2
United States 386.9 387.1 2,859.2 2,905.4
Source: Department of Justice FBI Uniform Crime Report
NA=not available

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Located in the southwestern Sunbelt, Bartlesville enjoys an early spring, a warm fall, and a mild winter. Average temperature is 60º. Summer days are hot, with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, and 1 to 3 inches of rain each month. Winter days are chilly, with temperatures in the 20's, 30's and 40's, and 1 to 3 inches of snow each month from December through March. Air quality is above the national average.

Gardeners in Bartlesville enjoy an 8-month season from the first planting of peas in mid-February to the late October tomato harvest. Warm spring rains produce daffodils and forsythia in March, and mild days and cool nights of a long Indian summer encourage a wide variety of flowering perennials in the fall.

Oklahoma is still the state where the “wind comes sweepin’ down the plain," and Bartlesville can experience severe weather, primarily thunderstorms. Although situated in a broad geographical area called “Tornado Alley”, Bartlesville’s last experience with a tornado was in 1991.

Average Annual Temperature 60º

Seasonal Averages

  • Spring 61º
  • Summer 79º
  • Fall 60º
  • Winter 39º
  • Annual Rainfall is 35 inches
  • Annual Snowfall is 10 inches
  • Average growing season is 8 months