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Oklahoma City is a city in Oklahoma County. (The community straddles Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Pottawatomie counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)
It is the state capital and the county seat.
The latitude of Oklahoma City is 35.467N. The longitude is -97.516W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,201 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 523,303.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Oklahoma City demographic reports
Oklahoma City is on the North Canadian River.
Former and merged names include:
· Oklahoma Station
Land in this region had been reserved for the Seminole and Creek tribes, but was opened to white settlement in Oklahoma's first land run, on April 22, 1889. In a single day, a community of 10,000 people was born.
Public transportation: Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 4,642. The number of murders and homicides was 49. The violent crime rate was 8.9 per 1,000 people.
Oklahoma City received national attention for the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, killing 19 children and 149 men and women.
Filming location for:
· 2005 movie, "Elizabethtown"
Census 2000 highlights: At 607 square miles, Oklahoma City is the third largest U.S. city, in terms of land area
Well-known residents have included:
· Ralph Ellison, writer
· Johnny Bench, baseball player
· Bullet Rogan, baseball player
· Suzy Amis, actress
· Toby Keith, country singer
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Java Dave's, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival - June 4-10, 2007
- Arts Festival Oklahoma - Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2007
- Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival - June 1-3, 2007
- Oklahoma State Fair - Sept. 13-23, 2007
- Festival of the Arts - April 24-29, 2007
- Septemberfest - Sept. 1, 2007
- Oklahoma Folklife Festival - June 23, 2007
- Asian Festival - May 19, 2007
- Paseo Arts Festival - May 26-28, 2007
Dates often change. Check Oklahoma City web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Nearby parks & recreation:
State Capital State Park
Oklahoma City attractions: Frontier City theme park
Sports teams: RedHawks (minor league baseball), Blazers (CHL)
Historic sites and museums: Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma State Museum of History, Harn Homestead Museum, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, Henry Overholser Mansion
Colleges and universities:
Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Christian University, De Marge College, Platt College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 103
Call an Oklahoma City man a Sooner, and his chest puffs out and his eyes light up.
-- An American Notebook
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Ancestry & family history
13% of Oklahoma City residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Oklahoma City ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Oklahoma City was $19,098, compared with $21,587 nationally.
24% of Oklahoma City residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Oklahoma City festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Oklahoma State Fair - S
- Paseo Arts Festival - M
- Festival of the Arts - A
- Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival - J
- Septemberfest - S
- Arts Festival Oklahoma - A
- Oklahoma Folklife Festival - J
- Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival - J
- Asian Festival - M
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Oklahoma City, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $386. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $856.
Libraries in Oklahoma City include Belle Isle Library, Book Centers, Capitol Hill Branch Library, Downtown Branch Library, Drexel Extension, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Ralph Ellison Branch Library, Southern Oaks Library, Wright Extension Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Oklahoma City include Oklahoman
TV stations in Oklahoma City include KAUT, KETA, KFOR, KOCB, KOCO, KOKH, KOPX, KSBI, KTBO, KWTV.
Oklahoma County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Oklahoma City political report.
Oklahoma City restaurants taking online reservations include cafe NOVA, Caffe Pranzo, Cheevers Cafe, Deep Fork Grill, Jazmoz Bourbon Street Cafe - OKC Bricktown, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse OKC, Musashi's Japanese Steakhouse, Museum Cafe, Nikz At the Top, Nonna's Ristorante & Bar ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Oklahoma City workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 178 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Oklahoma City between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.
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~ An American Notebook
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