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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City is the capital and principal city of the state of Oklahoma in the United States of America. It is the county seat of Oklahoma County. The city is comprised of a dynamic urban core with sprawling residential suburbs toward the fringes of the metropolitan area. Oklahoma City is the 29th-largest city in the nation, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The city's population on July 1, 2003 totaled 523,303 with more than 1.2 million residents in the metroplex; there is plenty to see and do.

Oklahoma City is home to many professional sports teams including the Oklahoma RedHawks minor league baseball team (AAA). Others include the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, the Oklahoma City Blazers, the Oklahoma Storm and Oklahoma City Ballhawgs, and the Oklahoma City Lightning.

Remington Park in NE OKC is the state's largest racetrack.

= Geography =

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1,608.8 km² (621.2 mi²). 1,572.1 km² (607.0 mi²) of it is land and 36.7 km² (14.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.28% water.

Oklahoma City is one of the largest cities in the country in terms of geographic area, although its urbanized zone is roughly 244 mi² - resulting in an urban population density comparable to that found in other major cities with unlimited growth available far into the future.

Table of contents
1 Metropolitan Statistical Area
2 Demographics
3 Transportation
4 Other Attractions
5 Defunct Sports Teams
6 Famous Persons from OKC
7 Famous Inventions from OKC
8 Best Restaurants/Recipes in OKC
9 Famous Songs from or about OKC

Metropolitan Statistical Area

Oklahoma City is the principle city of the six county Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area, the state's largest urban area.

North: Guthrie
Edmond
West: Bethany
Yukon
Mustang
El Reno
Oklahoma City East: Del City
Midwest City
Choctaw
Shawnee
South: Moore
Norman

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 506,132 people, 204,434 households, and 129,406 families residing in the city. The population density was 321.9/km² (833.8/mi²) considering the entire city limits but was more than 2600/mi² for the urbanized area. There were 228,149 housing units at an average density of 145.1/km² (375.9/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.41% White, 15.37% African American, 3.51% Native American, 3.48% Asian American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 5.28% from other races, and 3.89% from two or more races. 10.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 204,434 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,947, and the median income for a family was $42,689. Males had a median income of $31,589 versus $24,420 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,098. 16.0% of the population and 12.4% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.0% were under the age of 18 and 9.2% were 65 or older.

Transportation

Near the geographic and population centers of the nation, Oklahoma City is an integral point on the U.S. Interstate Network. Interstate 35, Interstate 40, and Interstate 44 bisect at the city, Interstate 240 connects I-40 to I-44 in South OKC and Interstate 235 spurs from I-44 in North Central into downtown Oklahoma City. It was once a major stop on now-defunct U.S. Highway 66 and was even mentioned in Nat King Cole's 1946 jazz classic, "(Get Your Kicks) on Route 66."

Oklahoma City is served by two primary airports, Will Rogers World Airport and Wiley Post Airport. Amtrak has an Art Deco train station downtown and there is an intercity bus terminal downtown as well as a new transfer centre for the local METRO Transit system.

= Major Attractions =

Most of the big city attractions are located in inner city districts, as is the case with other major US cities.

Other Attractions

Besides the skyscrapers that cluster in the city's busy central business district, one of the more prominent landmarks downtown is the Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Designed by I. M. Pei after the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, the Crystal Bridge is a tropical conservatory that contains foliage more akin to the Amazon River basin than the Great Plains of North America. The park has several ampitheatres where live theatre and concerts can be seen and heard in the summer. There is also a lake in the middle of the park lined with large Red, Yellow, and of course - GOLD goldfish. Waterfalls add life-giving oxygen to the lake as well as an added attraction for visitors.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of the more creative downtown urban parks in the nation and is the city's most romantic. The park is also home to the free Twilight Concert Series (summer) and the city's top festivals, including the annual Festival of the Arts (April), the annual Downtown Salute (a month-long festival in July complete with parades, free concert acts, and the three-day long Bricktown 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks), and Opening Night (December 31/January 1).

The Oklahoma City Zoological Park is one of the Top 10 in the country (#3 to be specific) and is the oldest zoo in the Southwest US. It is home to numerous natural habitats and hosts major touring concerts during the summer at its ampitheatre.

The Omniplex Museum is one of the largest Science Centers and General Interest Museums in the Country and is home to the Omnidome Imax theater. Known as the Smithsonian museum of the SW, Omniplex houses many informative exhibits on space travel, photography, pioneer life, and more. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has galleries full of priceless western art and treasures.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial in north downtown was created to honor the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995. The outdoor Symbolic Memorial, can be visited 24 hours a day for free, and the Smithsonian-quality Memorial Museum can be entered for a small fee.

Among the other new attractions, include a new downtown home for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The museum features a foreign film theatre, numerous galleries, and a very nice fine dining restaurant. OCMA is also home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Chihuly glass in the world including the three-story Chihuly tower the Museum’s atrium. There are numerous state and federal museums located in the city as well. The capitol building's dome was recently finished as it was one of the few state capitol buildings that did not have a dome atop the structure.

Also in downtown Oklahoma City, Ford Centre plays host to major concerts and is home to the city's professional sports teams as is the SBC Bricktown Ballpark. The newly renovated Civic Centre Music Hall showcases performances from ballet and opera performance to traveling Broadway shows and concerts. Stage Centre for the Performing Arts is home to many of the city's top theatre companies.

Other theatres include the Lyric Theatre and the Jewel Box Theatre, both in midtown and the new 1,200 seat Kirkpatrick Auditorium and 488-seat Petree Recital Hall at Oklahoma City University.

Upscale shopping is available at Penn Square Mall, 50 Penn Place, Belle Aisle Shopping Centre, Quail Springs Mall, as well as the posh suburbs of Nichols Hills and Edmond. Crossroads Mall, the largest mall in the state, is located in South Oklahoma City, at the I-240 and I-35 junction.

For the kids and the young at heart, Six Flags Frontier City offers a Western Theme to a funpark with numerous coasters, legendary rides, and games for all ages. The park has a reinactment of a Western Shootout at the OK Corrale and also hosts a national concert circuit at its ampitheatre. White Water Bay is a Six Flags Water Park located just north of Will Rogers World Airport.

Walking trails line beautiful Lake Hefner in the northwest part of the city and downtown at the canal and the Oklahoma River. Lake Stanley Draper, the city's largest and most remote, offers more of an excape from the big city and has a more natural feel. The city is implementing a new trail system that will be akin to a bicycle freeway system, allowing residents to access all of the natural beauty of the region and still be within stomping distance to city attractions.

= Education =

Oklahoma City is home to many colleges and universities, including Oklahoma City University in midtown, Oklahoma State University - OKC, the University of Oklahoma, just south of the city in Norman, and the OU Health Science Center, in Oklahoma City. The third-largest university in Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma is located just north of the city in Edmond. Oklahoma City Community College is the largest community college in the state. There are also a number of private colleges and universities in the city, including Oklahoma Christian University and Southern Nazarene University.

The Oklahoma City Public School district is the largest in the state and is one of the few urban districts in the nation with a growing enrollment, due largely because of the so-called MAPS for KIDs city-wide improvement plan. Putnam City Public Schools, which covers suburban NW OKC, is the largest suburban school district in the state. Numerous suburban districts circle the urban districts and the city has a very well developed private school network.

= Noteables =

Oklahoma City has an exciting history that began in one day with the 1889 Land Run, and after hard times over the years, the city has turned itself around and made itself a lively, attractive place to live and to visit.

Sadly, on April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh and his accomplices bombed the Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 in the worst Terrorist Attack on American soil until the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington (see Oklahoma City bombing)

Defunct Sports Teams

Famous Persons from OKC

Jim Thorpe

Famous Inventions from OKC

Parking Metres (yes, we can blame OKC for this} Traffic Signal

Best Restaurants/Recipes in OKC

Chicken Fried Steak

Famous Songs from or about OKC

Route 66, Nat King Cole

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