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Oklahoma City, OKC to locals is the capital of Oklahoma and is located in the heart of the country. It’s a moderately large city with around 700,000 people and a large metro area.
Oklahoma City may not have the same profile as many US cities but it’s a nice place to spend time with wide open spaces, a huge skyline and a vibrant economy. Combined with a rich cultural mix and friendly feel, it’s a place that welcomes visitors.
History of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City started suddenly as a result of The Land Run. Around 10,000 people settled in a short period of time and started what would become Oklahoma City in 1889.
The development of the stockyards provided much of the city’s income in the early days, creating plenty of jobs. Oil followed shortly after followed by a wide selection of other industries.
Oklahoma City ebbed and flowed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries until a huge redevelopment program was introduced in 1993. The program, called Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), revitalized the inner city, added parks, canals, new buildings and breathed new life into the city.
That project kickstarted a steady program of expansion and improvement. A program that’s still present today.
Transport in Oklahoma City
The city has plenty of transport links covering most requirements.
It is served by Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) that services over 180 flights a day. It is linked to the city by road and bus routes.
Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer visits Oklahoma City from Fort Worth and stops in Bricktown.
Greyhound and Turimex Internacional buses stop at Union Bus Station in Downtown while local Embark buses serve the metro areas of the city.
Arrive by car and you might use I-35, I-40, I-44, Route 66 and numerous local routes.
Major employers in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City has a wide and varied economy with some major employers, including State of Oklahoma (SEAT), United States Federal Aviation Administration, Integris Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Hobby Lobby Stores, City of Oklahoma City, Mercy Health Center, Paycom, OG+E Energy Corp, OU Medicine, SSM Health Care, AT&T, Sonic Corp., Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, The Boeing Company, LSB Industries, Inc., Cox Communications, Dell, American Fidelity Assurance, OGE Energy, General Electric, Goodyear, Grant Thornton, The Hartford, Hertz, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Ltd. and Pratt and Whitney.
Neighborhoods of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City has plenty of neighborhoods to live and work in, including Newcastle, Purcell, Moore, Mustang, Yukon, Tuttle, Piedmont, Norman, Stillwater, Edmond, Heritage Hills, Linwood Place, Mesta Park, Putnam Heights, Crown Heights, Edgemere Park, Gatewood, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, The Arts District, Film Row, Automobile Alley, Plaza District, Heritage Hills & Mesta Park, Cottage District, Asian District, The Paseo, Crown Heights–Edgemere Heights, Western Avenue Corridor, 39th Street Enclave, NW Expressway / Belle Isle Corridor, Nichols Hills and The Village, Quail Springs/Memorial Corridor and Deer Creek.
Popular attractions in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City has plenty to see and do, including Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Shop or Dine in Bricktown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma History Center, Frontier City, 45th Infantry Division Museum, State Capitol, Overholser Mansion, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Science Museum Oklahoma, OKC Broadway and the Bricktown Water Taxi.