Map of Oklahoma City Area | What is Oklahoma City Known for?
Oklahoma City is the capital of Oklahoma and one of the largest cities in the United States, so if you’re planning to visit or even move there, this is the perfect article to give you an overview of the oil rich, but tornado infested land.
For our aspiring travelers, Oklahoma City offers a wide range of entertainment; everything from cowboy museums and art galleries to fried onion burgers and Indian tacos to beautiful architectural sites and an exciting nightlife. So, buckle your belts cowboys cause we’re in for a wild ride.
Oklahoma City Facts
Oklahoma City is situated in the south central part of the United States of America; as the capital of the state of Oklahoma which lies between Kansas and Texas. This pan shaped state also shares its border with New Mexico, Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri. And if you’re still a little lost, we’ve got you covered, the coordinates for Oklahoma City are 35.4676° N and 97.5164° W.
Oklahoma City is about 400 square miles with a population of 649,410 people. Based on its population it is ranked as the 25th largest city in the US. But for the largest city of a state whose name, derived from Chocktaw, translates to “Red People”; it lacks diversity. About 67.5% of the population in Oklahoma City is White, with only 13.7% African-American and 5.11% Asian-Americans.
Is Oklahoma City a good place to live?
When people are looking for a new place to live, the crime rate is one of the first things they check. And for Oklahoma City, it doesn’t look that great. The city ranks 5 on the crime index, which means it’s safer than only 5% of all the cities in the US. There are about 51 crimes per square mile, while the national median is only 28.3.
Sadly, Oklahoma City also has the second highest police killing rate. MappingPoliceViolence.org has shown a report which states that Oklahoma City police have killed about 48 people since 2013; this data has also been verified by The Frontier.
The median household income in Oklahoma City is about $53,973 and on average every household owns about two cars, whereas the median property value is $161,700. Though the wage gap in Oklahoma City is quite big, where men are being paid a whopping 1.36 times more than women. That’s about $44,606 annually!
About 322k people are employed in Oklahoma City.
The largest industries include:
- Health Care and Social Assistance
- Retail Trade
- Accommodation and Food Services
The Highest Paying industries include:
- Mining, Quarrying and Oil and Gas Extraction
- Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Highest paying jobs include:
- Architecture and Engineering Occupations
- Legal Occupation
- Computer, Engineering and Science Occupations
Healthcare and Education:
About 85.8% of the people in Oklahoma City have health coverage and the rest are covered on employee plans, Medicaid, Medicare etc. Although the patient to physician ratio is quite poor, for every 1,168 primary care patients there is only 1 physician in Oklahoma County.
The top three universities in Oklahoma City, by the number of degrees awarded, are:
- Oklahoma City Community College
- University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- Oklahoma State University
With the most popular major being Registered Nursing.
When is the best time to visit Oklahoma City?
Unfortunately, most of us get limited time off work. Therefore, before you catch yourself trying to walk around Bricktown in the middle of summer in 90 degrees, almost fainting twice; try to plan your trip ahead of time. The best time of year to visit Oklahoma City is in the fall between September and November when the weather is mildly pleasant.
What is Oklahoma City Known for?
Oklahoma City National Memorial
On 19th April, 1995 the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, killing 168 people. The mayor back then put together a 350 member task force including the family members of the victims, survivors and volunteers to plan and develop the memorial dedicated to the victims which still stands to this day.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Complete with its own Rodeo Hall of Fame, this museum depicts life in the Wild West through historical artifacts, pictures, sculptures and other materials. A perfect hangout for children as they not only learn about rodeo champions but get a hands on ranch experience at the Children’s Cowboy Corral.
If you’re looking for excitement, this is the hub. Bricktown is a successful urban renewal project that turned the old red brick warehouses in the city into the perfect tourist attraction. Bricktown is filled with sporting venues, dining halls, restaurants and shops. Explore music as you walk down the river, maybe catching a boat or two. The American Banjo Museum is also a showstopper here.
Myriad Botanical Gardens
15 acres of nature and serenity, perfect for long walks and picnics; filled with fountains, playgrounds, flowerbeds and horticultural displays. The gardens are a must to visit for tourists.
Not only that, but Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is what every botany nerd has ever dreamt about. As they cultivate plants that thrive in a hot climate, get ready to explore Mother Nature walking under the conservatory’s acrylic panels. Though there is a fee to enter the Conservatory, you can still enjoy the gardens free of cost.
Museum of Osteology
This is the only skeleton museum in the United States. With hundreds of animal skeletons on display and various exhibits, this place is far from a bore.
Food in Oklahoma City
Here is a list of foods to enjoy especially in Oklahoma City:
- Fried Onion Burger
- Indian Taco
- Theta burger
- Nic’s Cheeseburger
- Hideaway pizza
- Lebanese Hors d’ Oeuvres
- Fried Pie
- Braum’s Ice-cream
- Pho Ca Dao
Overall Oklahoma City has a variety of tourist attractions to spark anyone’s interest. Although it’s a daring city to settle in permanently, with its various museums and amazing culture, it knows how to keep you busy during your stay and hopefully come back for another round.