With a small town, friendly atmosphere, Jenks stands a great place to live. Located south-west of the larger surrounding city, it is nestled against the beautiful Arkansas River and plays host to a great variety of festivals such as the Herb and Plant festival in April and the Freedom Fest in July. And while the city may be smaller, it has a great deal to offer in the way of homes and a family-friendly lifestyle.
The entire city encompasses a 17.73 square mile area with a population of 21,812, making Jenks a hot spot for real estate. With a cost of living index of 99.20 out of a national average of 100, it is an affordable place to put down roots. The cost of homes has steadily increased over the years, making it an ideal place for a real estate investment. The city is a popular location for families, having only a 20% saturation of single residents.
Jenks is a family-friendly community with plenty to do both indoors and out. The city has an amazing pedestrian bridge spanning the width of the Arkansas River. Families can rent bikes, walk the trails or plan picnics in the beautiful areas surrounding the river. Money Magazine named Jenks one of the best places to live because of its beautiful, safe city and a homeowner’s dream. The city has earned many other awards and titles such as “Best Place to Raise Kids in Oklahoma” (Bloomberg Businessweek) and “Best City for Home Ownership” (Nerd Wallet).
In the early 1900s, the Midland Valley Railroad, along with its infrastructure, built community sites, one of which was Jenks. The town was named after the Railroad owner, William Henery Jenks. Though small, the town saw its fair share of struggles from waning oil deposits to severe flooding, but it managed to survive and grow into a thriving community and integral extension of Tulsa.
Jenks Public Schools are rated among the highest in academics and sport for the state of Oklahoma. In fact, the Jenks Public School district is ranked the number 1 school district in the entire state. With highly rated teachers, prep courses, top-notch academics and competitive sports, the school district has been a major pull for homebuyers and families across the state.
Located on the Jenks Riverwalk Crossing, enjoy the Oklahoma Aquarium, the only free standing aquarium in the state. It is 72,000 square feet of family fun with some of the largest bull sharks in captivity. The Riverwalk boasts many other attractions such as the Flying Tee, a driving range and sports bar, and Pinots Pallet, a wine tasting and painting excursion. The downtown is also a hub of activity. It provides a farmers market every Saturday of spring, as well as festivals and live music throughout the year. And right across the river, Oral Roberts University provides Division 1 sporting events as well as many summer camps and activities for children.
Downtown Jenks is filled with boutique shops and dinners. It has a large antique mall with many surrounding antique shops, making it a place for fun and unique finds. The Riverwalk Crossing, located on the Arkansas River, provides some of the most scenic and elegant dining options in the surrounding Tulsa area. It is a great place for a special night out.