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Overview of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Oklahoma City is the capital city for the state of Oklahoma. The city is the county seat of Oklahoma County and is the 30th largest city in the U.S. As of 2006, the city's estimated population was 537,734. The city also extends into Canadian, Cleveland, and Pottawatomie counties. In 1995, a disaffected decorated American Veteran bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. This bombing resulted in 168 deaths and was considered the most destructive act of domestic terrorism in United States history prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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  • Population: 537,734
  • Population Density: 871.5mi²
  • Area: 621.2/mi²
  • Latitude: 35.482309
  • Longitude: -97.534994
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 1,201ft
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Language: English
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History of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

On April 22, 1889 the "unassigned lands" now known as Oklahoma City was opened for settlement in "The Oklahoma Land Run." 10,000 homesteaders settled this area and constructed a tent city in only a day. Ten years later the population had doubled. By 1907, the city was admitted to the Union and had surpassed Guthrie, the current territorial capital. Shortly after, the capital was moved to Oklahoma City. Before World War II, Oklahoma City became a centre of oil production. During the 1970s and 1980s, the city experienced a decline in population as families moved away into newer housing in nearby suburbs. The 1970s Urban Renewal projects removed several historic structures, but did not spark much additional development. In 1993, Oklahoma City's centre core was rebuilt as the city passed a huge redevelopment package. During the past 5 to 10 years, continued development of the city's downtown has occurred. Several of the older buildings in the city's downtown have been renovated and restored to their original quality. However, the bombing of 1995 by Timothy McVeigh was deeply shocking. The Murrah building was destroyed and the neighbouring 100 buildings all suffered severe damages. This bombing also resulted in the death of 168 civilians.

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Oklahoma City's Demographics

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Oklahoma City's Climate

Oklahoma City is located in a temperate, sub-humid climate. The summers in Oklahoma City are consistently hot and humid months. The average temperature in July is 82.0° F. The average temperature in January is 36.7 °F. The city's annual precipitation of rain is approximately 32.03 inches and 9.0 inches of snow. Because Oklahoma City is situated north of the western edges of the Gulf of Mexico and east of the semi-arid high plains in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, relative humidity alternates between humid and dry air masses. From March through to August is when Oklahoma City experiences its severe weather season. For the city, tornadoes have occurred in every month of the year. Oklahoma City has been hit by tornadoes the most out of any other metropolitan area in the country. The city experienced an F-5 tornado, one of the most powerful tornadoes on record with winds reaching 320 mph.

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Education in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The city is home to several colleges and universities. Oklahoma City University is famous for its performing arts programs. Other universities and colleges in or near Oklahoma City include: University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Community College, University of Central Oklahoma, Rose State College and Langston University. In addition, there are 16 private universities and colleges in the surrounding area. Oklahoma City's school system is under the leadership of the largest school district of the city and the second largest in the state, the Oklahoma City Public Schools. Oklahoma City has some of the state's most gifted mathematics and science students. Many Oklahoma City's public schools have been recognized and awarded for their outstanding academic performance. In addition, the city is also home to several public career and technology education schools.

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Transportation around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City has Interstate 35, Interstate 40 and Interstate 44 bisecting the city. There are several other freeways connecting to the freeways previously mentioned, that lead to Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. In 2005, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports that Interstate 44 was the busiest freeway in Oklahoma City. On average there are 118,000 to 132,000 vehicles using this freeway daily. Will Rogers World Airport and Wiley Post Airport are the city's two primary airports . Oklahoma City is home to the largest military air depot of the nation, a major maintenance and deployment facility for the Navy and the Air Force, and the second largest military institution of the state Oklahoma; Tinker Air Force Base. Greyhound and several other intercity bus companies provide transportation from the Union Bus Station. Amtrak also has its train station in the city's downtown. Oklahoma's public transit system is called METRO.

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Tourism and Attractions of Oklahoma City

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Surrounding Communities

  • Oklahoma City
  • Amber
  • Bethany
  • Chickasha
  • Calumet
  • Cogar
  • Concho
  • Del City
  • El Reno
  • Minco
  • Mustang
  • Pocasset
  • Tuttle
  • Union City
  • Verden
  • Yukon

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Geography of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The city has a total area of 621.2 square miles. Of this 607.0 square miles is land, while 14.2 square miles is water. Oklahoma City is situated in Frontier Country, the tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie portion of the Great Plains. This area is made up of gently rolling hills, low trees, shrubs and various prairie grasses and wildflowers. The North Canadian River roughly cuts through the city. Oklahoma City is also home to three large lakes: Lake Hefner, Lake Overholser and Lake Stanley Draper. In terms of geographic area, the city is the seventh largest of the nation. However, it is the second largest in accordance with the Clean Air Act.

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Oklahoma City's Government

Oklahoma City is served by a council-manager form of municipal government . The daily operations of the city are carried out by the elected mayor and 8 council members (each representing one ward). The city's current mayor is Mick Cornett and the current city manager is Jim Couch.

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Oklahoma City's Economy and Industry

The city used to be a regional center of Federal agencies and energy exploration. However in the past 15 years, it has expanded and diversified into sectors such as biotechnology, information technology, services , health services , and administration. Between 2001 and 2005, Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area's economic output increased by 33%. This is primarily due to economic diversification. The gross metropolitan product totaled $43.1 billion in 2005.

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Oklahoma City's Culture and Significant Events

There are several museums and theatres in Oklahoma City that feature incredible exhibits. These include: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Civic Centre Music Hall, Stage Centre for the Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre, National Cowboy & Heritage Museum, and several others. Outdoor recreation is also popular in Oklahoma City. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The Oklahoma Zoological Park, Frontier City theme park, White Water Bay water park, and many others are part of Oklahoma City's outdoor recreation.

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Sports in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Media of Oklahoma City

The Oklahoman, The Oklahoma Gazette, OKC Business and several other newspapers of Oklahoma City provide residents of the city with their news (local-international), weather, events, entertainment, etc. Jox 930 WKY is Oklahoma City's oldest radio station. It is currently an all sports radio station.

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