The largest suburb of Tulsa, Broken Arrow had a population just under 100,000 as of the 2010 census and is now the 280th largest city in America. William S. Fears named the city Broken Arrow after the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad began selling lots in the area in 1902.
Initially, Broken Arrow’s economy was built solely on the backs of agricultural workers, with the coal industry playing a smaller, albeit important role. Broken Arrow’s first school was constructed in 1904, and the Broken Arrow Ledger began printing papers not long after the city was established. With the completion of the Broken Arrow Expressway, the once-sleepy city began to rapidly grow and diversify. From the 1970 to 1990, Broken Arrow’s population increased by over 350%.
In the state of Oklahoma, Broken Arrow ranks third in terms of the concentration of manufacturers. Notable employers include Windstream Communications, FlightSafety International and Blue Bell Creameries. 2007 saw the establishment of the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation, the aim of which is to foster economic development for citizens of Broken Arrow.
Broken Arrow is home to Northeastern State University, Tulsa Technology Center and the Rhema Bible Training Center. Notable residents include Alvin Bailey, offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as Kristin Chenoweth, Brad Penny and Warren Spahn.