Broken Arrow is a city that was built on the open prairies of Oklahoma by Native American, Scottish, German, and African American people who knew how to work the land and bring the town to prosperity. The name of the city came from Creek Indians who lived there over a century ago, noting that this is a place where reeds for making arrow shafts grow plentifully. Although many of Broken Arrow's current citizens are of Creek and Cherokee Indian descent, this booming Tulsa suburb is made up of an extraordinary mix of cultures and lifestyles. The people of Broken Arrow have pursued a lasting demand for an excellent quality of life through commercial and residential growth, along with an unwavering focus on safety. In 2004, '05, and '06, Broken Arrow was rated the “Safest City in Oklahoma” by the Morgan Quitno Press.
Currently, Broken Arrow, often referred to by locals as B.A., has an approximate population of 100,399 (2005). After Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow has the third largest concentration of industries in Oklahoma. Industrial sectors range from aerospace, plastics, machine tools, and food processing to telecommunications, metal fabrication, sporting goods, furniture, and computers. Many new commercial developments have popped up in the city; Stone Wood Hills, for instance, is a large development centered around Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. The mixed use development will feature at least three hotels, a conference center, a lifestyle center, and many retail, entertainment, and dining establishments. Additionally, many new businesses are setting up shop around the city and there are plans to revitalize the downtown area.
Community events in Broken Arrow offer residents and visitors a chance to experience a taste of Northeastern Oklahoma culture. From May 10-13, Rooster Days takes place at Central Park in downtown Broken Arrow. Rooster Days is a local festival that happens to be the state's oldest annual event. The festival began in the 1930s when chicken farmers would come to town to sell agricultural products. Other events include the Broken Arrow Civitan Christmas Parade, the Rhema Christmas Lights Tour, the Historical Society Holiday Home Tour, and the Tuesdays in the Park Concert Series.