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Overview

Introduction to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, located in central Oklahoma, is the state capital and its largest city. The city was born when land was made available to homesteaders in 1889 and its population jumped to 10,000 in a single day. "OKC" became the state capital in 1910 and saw rapid growth in the 1920s when oil was discovered in the area. The oil industry has dominated the city's economy ever since. Among the inventions originating out of Oklahoma City are the parking meter and the traffic signal.

Today, Oklahoma City is a steadily growing city of 525,0000, the nucleus of the cattle industry and a major distribution center for the state. Seven miles southeast of downtown OKC, Tinker Air Force Base is Oklahoma's largest emloyer and the world's largest aircraft repair facility. There has been a billion dollar redevelopment program in recent years, seeing a major restoration of the Oklahoma City downtown area and other locations in the city. The Oklahoma City renovation has included the Bricktown Canal Landmark project, renovation of educational campuses, and many historical buildings.

Oklahoma City Culture

OKC's big city cultural attractions belie its small city reputation. One of the largest museums in the country, the Omniplex Museum has an Imax theater and an array of exhibits making it known as the Smithsonian of the Southwest. Other Oklahoma City museums include the Oklahoma State Museum of History, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. The city hosts numerous festivals, with the Festival of the Arts in April, state and county fairs in September, Arts Festival Oklahoma in September and the Deep Deuce Jazz Festival in October. Downtown, the Ford Center and the Civic Center offer pop concerts, ballet, theatrical productions and sporting events throughout the year.

Oklahoma City Sports and Leisure

Without a big league sports team (though some argue that Oklahoma Sooners football is bigger than big league), OKC still has an abundance of spectator sports options. SBC Bricktown Ballpark downtown hosts home games of the Oklahoma RedHawks, a minor league (triple-A) affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Ford Center downtown hosts the American Basketball Association's Oklahoma City Ballhawgs, ice hockey's Oklahoma City Blazers, and the Arena Football League's Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. The city is also home to the Oklahoma City Lightning, a women's football team. For major league action, a 3-hour drive to Dallas avails sports fans to baseball's Texas Rangers, the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and the NHL's Dallas Stars.

Oklahoma City Outdoors

Oklahoma City has plenty of outdoor attractions. The Myriad Botanical Gardens, OKC's most romantic urban park, has waterfalls, a lake filled with goldfish, several amphitheaters and the Crystal Bridge tropical conservatory, designed by I. M. Pei. Lake Hefner in northwest Oklahoma City has bicycle trails around its perimeter, boating facilities and a golf course. More golfing is available at the many fine courses in the area. Less than an hour away are Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond and Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, both named among the top 100 courses in the country by Golfweek.

Oklahoma City at Night

Nightlife in Oklahoma City is more cosmopolitan than you'd think. Bricktown, stretching for a mile through the downtown area, is a growing entertainment district that features a myriad of restaurants, bars, dance clubs and places to see live music. Around the NW 39th Expressway is OKC's gay community, which has a high concentration of bars and clubs. The city has a large Asia District offering dining and entertainment options from a variety of cultures.

Recognizing Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is a safe, affordable place to live, with a pleasant climate and low traffic and pollution. Places Rated Almanac named it one of the "Best places to live in North America".

People

Total Population 610,672
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 288,724
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.1%
Median Earnings25+ $32,505
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,796
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,511

Wealth

Median Family Income $60,024
% Above Poverty Level 81.7%
% Below Poverty Level 18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.9%
Median Gross Rent $778
Median House Value $138,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 49.1%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 9.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oklahoma City Almanac

Category Value
County Oklahoma
Metro Area Oklahoma City
Standard Zip Codes 73102, 73103, 73104, 73105, 73106, 73107, 73108, 73109, 73110, 73111, 73112, 73114, 73115, 73116, 73117, 73118, 73119, 73120, 73121, 73122, 73127, 73128, 73129, 73130, 73131, 73132, 73134, 73135, 73139, 73141, 73142, 73145, 73149, 73150, 73151, 73159, 73160, 73162, 73163, 73165, 73167, 73169, 731
P.O. Box Zip Codes 73101, 73113, 73123, 73124, 73125, 73126, 73136, 73137, 73140, 73143, 73144, 73146, 73147, 73148, 73152, 73153, 73154, 73155, 73156, 73157, 73164, 73172, 73178, 73189
Company Zip Codes 73184, 73185, 73190, 73193, 73194, 73196, 73197, 73198, 73199
Phone Area Codes 405
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.467
Longitude -97.516

Oklahoma City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station OKLAHOMA CITY AP
Distance 7.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 35.8 inches
Station GUTHRIE 5 S
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 47 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 95 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Station BLANCHARD 2 SSW
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Oklahoma City, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Village (73120)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethany 19,478 $54,913
Del City 21,898 $47,029
Midwest City 56,507 $54,348
Nichols Hills 3,839 $192,330
Spencer 4,004 $45,075
Warr Acres 10,342 $53,220

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oklahoma City Public Libraries

Library
Metropolitan Library System
131 DEAN A MCGEE AVE
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(405) 231-8635
Library Web Site

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Oklahoma City Hospitals

ST ANTHONY HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1000 NORTH LEE AVENUE
(405) 272-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

BONE AND JOINT HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1111 NORTH DEWEY AVENUE
(405) 272-9671
Emergency Service: Yes

ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL
(Government - Federal)
1044 SOUTHWEST 44TH STREET, SUITE 950
(405) 631-3085
Emergency Service: Yes

INTEGRIS SOUTHWEST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
4401 SOUTH WESTERN AVENUE
(405) 636-7777
Emergency Service: Yes

DEACONESS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
5501 NORTH PORTLAND AVENUE
(405) 604-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

INTEGRIS BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
3300 NORTHWEST EXPRESSWAY
(405) 949-3011
Emergency Service: Yes

MCBRIDE CLINIC ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL, L L C
(Government - State)
9600 NORTH BROADWAY EXTENSION
(405) 478-1717
Emergency Service: No

O U MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
1200 EVERETT DRIVE
(405) 271-5151
Emergency Service: Yes

NORTHWEST SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
9204 NORTH MAY AVENUE
(404) 848-1918
Emergency Service: No

LAKESIDE WOMEN'S HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
11200 NORTH PORTLAND AVENUE
(405) 936-1500
Emergency Service: Yes

OKLAHOMA HEART HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
4050 WEST MEMORIAL ROAD
(405) 608-3526
Emergency Service: Yes

MERCY HEALTH CENTER, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
4300 WEST MEMORIAL ROAD
(405) 755-1515
Emergency Service: Yes

SURGICAL HOSPITAL OF OKLAHOMA, L L C
(Proprietary)
100 SOUTHEAST 59TH STREET
(405) 634-9300
Emergency Service: Yes

OKLAHOMA SPINE HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
14101 PARKWAY COMMONS DRIVE
(405) 749-2700
Emergency Service: Yes

OKLA CENTER FOR ORTHOPAEDIC & MULTI-SP
(Proprietary)
330 SOUTHWEST 80TH STREET
(405) 602-6500
Emergency Service: No

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
3100 SOUTHWEST 89TH STREET
(405) 602-8100
Emergency Service: Yes

Oklahoma City VA Medical Center
(VA)
921 N.E. 13th Street
(405) 270-0501 or (866) 835-5273
Emergency Service:

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Oklahoma City High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PUTNAM CITY NORTH HS
11800 NORTH ROCKWELL
405-722-4220
Serves 2,237 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

WESTMOORE HS
12613 S. WESTERN AVENUE
405-691-8000
Serves 2,090 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.6

PUTNAM CITY HS
5300 NW 50
405-789-4350
Serves 2,030 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

MOORE HS
300 N. EASTERN
405-793-3100
Serves 1,893 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.4

PUTNAM CITY WEST HS
8500 NW 23RD
405-787-1140
Serves 1,789 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

U. S. GRANT HS
5016 S. PENNSYLVANIA
405-685-6621
Serves 1,422 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.4

NORTHWEST CLASSEN HS
2801 NW 27TH STREET
405-942-5551
Serves 1,411 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

MIDWEST CITY HS
213 ELM STREET
405-739-1741
Serves 1,205 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

CAPITOL HILL HS
500 S.W. 36
405-616-1210
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,129 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

DEL CITY HS
1900 S. SUNNYLANE
405-677-5777
Serves 1,052 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

JOHN MARSHALL HS
9017 N. UNIVERSITY AVE
405-848-6871
Serves 836 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

CARL ALBERT HS
2009 S. POST RD.
405-739-1726
Serves 807 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

WESTERN HEIGHTS HS
8201 SW 44TH
405-350-3435
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 777 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

SOUTHEAST HS
5401 S. SHIELDS BLVD.
405-636-5008
Serves 769 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

DOUGLASS HS
900 N. MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD
405-424-4391
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 588 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

CLASSEN HS OF ADVANCED STUDIES
1901N. ELLISON
405-556-5070
Serves 513 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

EMERSON ALTERNATIVE ED. (HS)
715 NORTH WALKER
405-232-5273
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 499 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.2

NE ACAD HEALTH/SCI/ENGINEERING
3100 N. KELLEY AVENUE
405-424-1491
Serves 477 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

SANTA FE SOUTH HS
301 S.E. 38TH
405-631-6100
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 453 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

JUSTICE A.W. SEEWORTH ACADEMY
1006 NE 17TH STREET
405-424-6300
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 427 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

MILLWOOD HS
6718 MARTIN LUTHER KING AVE
405-478-0504
Serves 318 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

CROOKED OAK HS
1901 SE 15TH
405-677-3452
A Title I School.
Serves 288 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

JOHN WESLEY CHARTER SCHOOL
2240 N.E. 19TH STREET
405-524-8900
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 176 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.1

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