Rose District

Pedestrians walk by the shops and restaurants in the Rose District in downtown Broken Arrow in September. Broken Arrow was recently ranked 29th in USA Today’s list of best cities to live in. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World

Broken Arrow is the United States’ 29th best city for residents, according to a story in Friday’s USA Today.

Low crime, affordability and a healthy economy all helped the city of about 110,000 make the list, which also included Edmond at No. 35.

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“This is a great accolade for our community,” Wes Smithwick, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said in a statement. “It is no secret that the population of Broken Arrow is growing. Population growth does not occur without job growth, which leads to our healthy economy and the ability to attract new residents.”

Broken Arrow’s population has increased by 18.6 percent in the past 10 years, more than double the comparable U.S. population growth over that time, according to the story. Also, 154 violent crimes occurred for every 100,000 people in the city in 2016, not quite a third of the statewide violent crime rate.

“The positive momentum we are seeing in Broken Arrow can be attributed to a great City Council and city manager, a wonderful superintendent of schools and a partnership with the BA Chamber and the EDC (Economic Development Corporation),” Smithwick said.

“We are on the same page and actively working to recruit and retain high paying jobs, (to) bring exciting retail, dining and entertainment options and to make sure we are offering amazing educational opportunities.”

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Rhett is in his fourth decade as a reporter. He covers development, manufacturing, aerospace, entrepreneurship and assorted other topics related to the Work and Money section.