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Oklahoma City

City of Oklahoma City

  •   State: 
    Oklahoma County
    Oklahoma City
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    35°28′7″N 97°31′17″W
      Area total: 
    620.76 sq mi
      Area land: 
    606.48 sq mi (1,570.77 km²)
      Area water: 
    14.31 sq mi (37.06 km²)
    1,198 ft (365 m)
    1889; Incorporated July 15, 1890
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    Oklahoma City, OK
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,122.96 residents per square mile of area (433.58/km²)
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Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The city limits extend somewhat into Canadian, Cleveland, and Pottawatomie counties. Oil, natural gas, petroleum products, and related industries are its economy's largest sector. Oklahoma City is on the I-35 Corridor, one of the primary travel corridors south into neighboring Texas and Mexico. It was the site of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in which 168 people died. The Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,396,445, and the Oklahoma CityShawnee Combined Statistical Area had 1,469,124, making it Oklahoma's largest municipality and metropolitan area by population. In 1950, the city's population was 8.6% black and 90.7% white. In 1971, Pat Latting was elected the first female mayor of Oklahoma City. She was also the first woman to serve as mayor of a US. city with over 350,000 residents. It is the second-largest, after Houston, not including consolidated cities, in the United States by area, after Juneau, Alaska. It has been struck by 14 violent tornadoes, 11 of which were rated F4 or EF4 on the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales, and one each rated F5 and EF5. Its population grew following the 2010 census and is expected to reach 687,725 in the 2020 census.


Oklahoma City is the primary city name, but also Del City are acceptable city names or spellings, Okc on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is City of Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889, when the area known as the "Unassigned Lands" was opened for settlement in an event known as "The Land Run" Some 10,000 homesteaders settled the area that would become the capital of Oklahoma. The town grew quickly; the population doubled between 1890 and 1900. Oklahoma City was a major stop on Route 66 during the early part of the 20th century; it was prominently mentioned in Bobby Troup's 1946 jazz song "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66" made famous by artist Nat King Cole. The city suffered substantial losses on April 19, 1995, when Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb in front of the Murrah building. The building was destroyed (the remnants of which had to be imploded in a controlled demolition later that year), more than 100 nearby buildings suffered severe damage, and 168 people were killed. The site has been commemorated as the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Since its opening in 2000, over three million people have visited. The "Core-to-Shore" project was created to relocate I1-40-40 south and replace a boulevard to create a landscaped entrance to the city. Several elements of the "Core to Shore" proposal were included in the MAPS 3 proposal approved by voters in late 2009. The famed First National Center is being renovated and reopened as a tourist attraction. In 2010, the city passed a massive redevelopment package intended to rebuild the city's core with civic projects to establish more life to downtown.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 620.34 square miles (1,606.7 km²) Oklahoma City lies in the Sandstone Hills region of Oklahoma, known for hills of 250 to 400 feet (80 to 120 m) and two species of oak. The northeastern part of the city and its eastern suburbs fall into an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers. The city is roughly bisected by the North Canadian River (recently renamed the Oklahoma River inside city limits) The North Canadian once had sufficient flow to flood every year, wreaking destruction on surrounding areas, including the central business district and the original Oklahoma City Zoo. In the 1940s, a dam was built on the river to manage the flood control and reduce its level. South Oklahoma City is generally more blue collar working class and significantly more industrial, having grown up around the Stockyards and meat packing plants at the turn of the century. In 2021 a massive new central park will link the gardens near the CBD and the new convention center to be built just south of it to the NorthCanadian River. The tallest building in the city is the Oklahoma City Museum of Natural History, which is located in the heart of the downtown area. The average daily temperature is 39.2 °F (4.4 °C), with the monthly average ranging from 39.4°C in January to 83.0°F (0.3 °C) in July. Temperatures range from 17.0 °C in July in July to 17.27 °C on February 16, 2021.


In the 2010 census, there were 579,999 people, 230,233 households, and 144,120 families residing in the city. Oklahoma City is the principal city of the eight-county Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area in Central Oklahoma. As of 2015, the metropolitan area was the 41st largest in the nation based on population. Law enforcement claims Oklahoma City has traditionally been the territory of the notorious Juárez Cartel, but the Sinaloa Cartel has been reported as trying to establish a foothold in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Police Department has a uniformed force of 1,169 civilian employees and five police station and substations covering 2,500 square miles. On April 19, 1995, a fertilizer bomb manufactured and detonated by Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people and injured over 680. The blast destroyed or damaged or damaged 324 buildings within a 340-meter radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars and shattered 258 glass buildings, causing an average of $4,500 in damage. In the 2000 Census, Oklahoma City's age composition was 25.5% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5%. The median income for the city was $62,527. 17.1% of the population and 12.4% of families were below the poverty line. It is the largest municipal population of the Great Plains region (Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota).


Oklahoma City is headquarters to two Fortune 500 companies: Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy. The city is also home to Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, which is ranked thirteenth on Forbes' list of private companies. Oklahoma City has three business improvement districts, including one encompassing the central business district. The metropolitan area's economic output grew by 33% between 2001 and 2005 due chiefly to economic diversification. Its gross metropolitan product (GMP) was $43.1 billion in 2005 and grew to $61.1billion in 2009. By 2016 the GMP had grown to $73.8 billion. In 2008, Forbes magazine reported that the city had falling unemployment, one of the strongest housing markets in the country and solid growth in energy, agriculture, and manufacturing. However, during the early 1980s, Oklahoma City had one of its worst job and housing markets due to the bankruptcy of Penn Square Bank in 1982 and then the post-1985 crash in oil prices (oil bust) The city has a population of 2.1 million. The top 20 employers in the city were:As of January 2020, the top 20 employer in the City of Oklahoma City was the United Parcel Service, Farmers Insurance Group, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Deaconess Hospital, Johnson Controls, MidFirst Bank, Rose State College, and Continental Resources. Other large employers within the Oklahoma City MSA include United States Air Force Tinker AFB (27,000), University of Oklahoma (11,900); University of Central Oklahoma (2,900).


Oklahoma City is home to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. The Museum of Osteology is the only one of its kind in America. The American Banjo Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the music and heritage of the banjo. The First Americans Museum will open in September 2021, on the south side of Interstate 40, southeast from Bricktown. The Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum contains early colonial firefighting tools, the first fire station in Oklahoma, and modern fire trucks. The museum formerly housed the International Photography Hall of Fame (IPHF) that exhibits photographs and artifacts from a large collection of cameras and other artifacts preserving the history of photography. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has galleries of western art and isHome to the Hall of Great Western Performers. The city will also be home to a new museum that began construction in 2009 (although completion of the facility has been held up due to insufficient funding) The museum will be called the Museum of First Americans and will be located at the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building complex, which was destroyed in the 1995 Murrah bombing. It will be the first museum of its type in the U.S. and is expected to be open by the end of the year. The first Americans Museum is scheduled to be completed by September 2021 and will cost $30 million to $50 million. The state's history museum, the Oklahoma History Center, opened in 2005 and is operated by the Oklahoma Historical Society.


Oklahoma City is home to several professional sports teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. The Thunder is the city's second "permanent" major professional sports franchise after the now-defunct AFL Oklahoma Wranglers. Oklahoma City is the annual host of the Big 12 baseball tournament, the World Cup of Softball, and the annual NCAA Women's College World Series. Other major sporting events include Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing circuits at Remington Park and numerous horse shows and equine events that take place at the state fairgrounds each year. The Oklahoma City Dodgers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The City Energy FC of the United Soccer League and the Crusaders of Oklahoma Rugby Football Club of USA Rugby also play in the U.S. Rugby League. There are numerous golf courses and country clubs spread around the city. The Paycom Center in downtown is the main multipurpose arena in the city which hosts concerts, NHL exhibition games, and many of theCity's pro sports teams. Nearby in Bricktown, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is the home to the city’s baseball team, the Dodgers. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the NBA's New Orleans/Ok Oklahoma City Hornets temporarily relocated to the Ford Center, playing the majority of its games there during the 200506 and 200607 NBA seasons. The city has held the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball First and Second round and hosted the Big12 Men's and women's basketball tournaments in 2007 and 2009. The state of Oklahoma hosts a highly competitive high school football culture.

Parks and recreation

Oklahoma City has two amusement parks, Six Flags Frontier City theme park and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Oklahoma City water park. Will Rogers Park is home to the Lycan Conservatory, the Rose Garden, and Butterfly Garden, all built in the WPA era. Remington Park hosts both Quarter Horse (March June) and Thoroughbred (August December) seasons. The American Banjo Museum houses a large collection of highly decorated banjos from the early 20th century and exhibits on the history of the banjo and its place in American history. Oklahoma City has a major park in each quadrant of the city, going back to the first parks masterplan. The majority of the east shore area is taken up by parks and trails, including a new leashless dog park and the postwar-era Stars and Stripes Park. Lake Stanley Draper is the city's largest and most remote lake. In April 2005, the Oklahoma City Skate Park at Wiley Post Park was renamed the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park to recognize Mat Hoffman, an Oklahoma City area resident and businessman that was instrumental in the design of the skate park and is a 10-time BMX World Vert champion. The park was named by the National Geographic Society Travel Guide as one of the "Ten Best" in the world. In March 2009, the Mat Hoffman Action sports Park was named a National Geographic Travel Guide Travel Guide Pick of the Year. The city is the home of the National Museum of American History.


The City of Oklahoma City has operated under a council-manager form of city government since 1927. David Holt assumed the office of Mayor on April 10, 2018 after being elected two months earlier. The City Council appointed current City Manager Craig Freeman on November 20, 2018. Oklahoma City is politically conservative in its suburbs, and liberal in the central city. In the United States House of Representatives, it is represented by Republicans Stephanie Bice and Tom Cole of the 5th and 4th districts. The city has called on residents to vote for sales tax-based projects to revitalize parts of the city. The Bricktown district is the best example of such an initiative. In September 2013, Oklahoma City area attorney David Slane announced he would pursue legal action regarding MAPS3, on claims the multiple projects that made up the plan violate a state constitutional law limiting voter ballot issues to a single subject. In April 2013, the city's fraternal order of police criticized the project proposals for not doing enough to expand the police presence to keep up with the growing residential population and increased commercial activity. In May 2013, it was announced that the city would be holding a referendum on MAPS 3. The vote was held on September 26, 2013, and passed with a majority of votes in favor of the plan. The referendum was the first in Oklahoma City's history to be held on a single issue. It was also the first to be approved by the Oklahoma City City Council, and the first since the city became a city in 1927.

International relations

Oklahoma City's sister cities are: Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City also has two sister cities in Oklahoma City's twin towns. The city also has three sister cities outside of Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Springs, Oklahoma City-Cleveland, and Oklahoma Springs. The sister cities also have two sister towns outside Oklahoma City called Oklahoma Springs and Oklahoma Falls. The cities also share a sister city with Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Falls, Oklahoma and Oklahoma Rapids, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City has one sister town with Oklahoma Springs; Oklahoma Falls has one with Oklahoma Falls; and Oklahoma Lake has one in Oklahoma Lake. The U.S. state of Oklahoma also has sister cities with the cities of Piedmont, Oklahoma Lake, Oklahoma Valley, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Rapids and Oklahoma State University. The state also has twin towns with the city of Oklahoma Springs with the towns of Peculiar, Oklahoma River City and Piedmonte, Oklahoma County. The City of Oklahoma has one twin town with the town of Oklahoma Falls with the sister city of Poteau. The town of Ponca City has a sister town called Oklahoma City with the same name, but is not sister to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City sister city is Oklahoma City itself. The twin town of Pueblo, Oklahoma is sister to Pecuco, which is sister city to Oklahoma Falls and Oklahoma River, which has the city's sister city, Pecos, Oklahoma Village. The two cities share a twin town called Pecula.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Oklahoma City, Canadian County, Oklahoma = 57.4. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 53. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Oklahoma City = 5.1 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 681,054 individuals with a median age of 35 age the population grows by 10.10% in Oklahoma City, Canadian County, Oklahoma population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,122.96 residents per square mile of area (433.58/km²). There are average 2.42 people per household in the 224,843 households with an average household income of $43,487 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is of the available work force and has dropped -1.81% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 29.88%. The number of physicians in Oklahoma City per 100,000 population = 298.7.


The annual rainfall in Oklahoma City = 30.2 inches and the annual snowfall = 2.9 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 63. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 231. 92 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 24.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 27, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Oklahoma City, Canadian County, Oklahoma which are owned by the occupant = 53.82%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 34 years with median home cost = $113,750 and home appreciation of -6.10%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $8.56 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $3,843 per student. There are 15.2 students for each teacher in the school, 338 students for each Librarian and 525 students for each Counselor. 5.40% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 16.67% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.26% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Oklahoma City's population in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma of 10,037 residents in 1900 has increased 67,85-fold to 681,054 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.89% female residents and 49.11% male residents live in Oklahoma City, Canadian County, Oklahoma.

    As of 2020 in Oklahoma City, Canadian County, Oklahoma are married and the remaining 45.06% are single population.

  • 22.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Oklahoma City require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    81.22% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 12.55% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.95% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.74% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Oklahoma City, Canadian County, Oklahoma, 53.82% are owner-occupied homes, another 34.80% are rented apartments, and the remaining 11.38% are vacant.

  • The 64.29% of the population in Oklahoma City, Canadian County, Oklahoma who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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