Tahlequah Regional Development Authority

Why Tahlequah

Tahlequah is a city with a population of 17,049 and a daytime population over 20,000

Tahlequah has a median household income of $32,050 and an median disposable income of$28,177.

Tahlequah is located just 69 miles from Tulsa, 57 miles from Northwest Arkansas, and 29 miles from Muskogee.

Tahlequah has a labor force of over 20,000 with an unemployment rate of 2.1%

Tahlequah is in the Muskogee, OK COLI area with a score of 79.6 making it the 4th cheapest place in the country to live

Tahlequah is 68 miles from the Tulsa International Airport and 63 miles from the Northwest Arkansas National Airport.

Tahlequah has a median age of 30.7

Tahlequah is home to Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University School of Medicine, and Indian Capital Technology Center.

Tahlequah is located within 50 miles of Interstates 40 and 44, Hwy 412, Hwy 69, and Hwy 59, making for easy and fast access to the country.

Provided by: Cherokee Nation via STI PopStats

Around Tahlequah

Tahlequah is an extremely accessible city. With access to several major highways and interstates, getting around is a breeze. Most major hubs around Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas are only hours away. 

The City of Tahlequah has access to a municipal airport for your shipping and receiving needs. The Port of Muskogee is also available for commercial use.

Tahlequah has big city access with that small town feel. Our city is ready to help your business grow.

Working in Tahlequah

Some of the top industries in Tahlequah include:

  • Healthcare and Social Services
  • Educational Services
  • Retail Trade
  • Real Estate and Rental Properties
  • Utilities
  • Oil, Mining and Gas Extraction

Our central location is a perfect building site for your business. Our business-friendly, quality labor force is ready to work directly with you. 


Compared to national housing statistics, Tahlequah has a median home price which is 35% lower than the national average. Rent in Tahlequah is 36% lower than the national average. (Source Areavibes.com)

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Tahlequah is less than the national average by about 17.7%. Areavibes.com gives Tahlequah an A for cost of living rating.