Oklahoma - The Sooner State

  • Elk Mountain Wilderness
  • Automobile Alley in Oklahoma City
  • Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
  • The Tulsa skyline
  • Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge
Philbrook Art Museum

About 60% of the folks who live in Oklahoma live within a few miles of downtown Oklahoma City or downtown Tulsa. The eastern part of the state is wet and covered with hardwood forests, the western part is mostly arid short-grass prairie. The mountain ranges are scattered and small. The weather here... let's just say it can be extreme, often.

Oklahoma started out as Indian Territory, and there are still more than 25 Native American languages spoken in the state. In the southeast corner of Oklahoma you'll find the world's tallest hill: Cavanal Hill. At 1,999' high, it's one foot less than the official definition of "mountain."

Oklahoma City was founded during the Land Run of 1889 (when the "unassigned lands" were opened for non-Native American settlement) and had a population of more than 10,000 within 24 hours of its founding. The population doubled over the following 10 years and by the time Oklahoma became a state in 1907, the city had surpassed the territorial capital at Guthrie as the center of population and business in the new state. Fittingly, the capital was shortly moved to Oklahoma City.

The Ouachita Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma
The Ouachita Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma
Fast Facts about Oklahoma
Capital: Oklahoma City
Largest City: Oklahoma City
Admitted to the Union: November 16, 1907 : 46th
Area: 69,898 square miles : 20th
Highest Point: Black Mesa : 4,973'
Lowest Point: Little River : 289'
2010 Oklahoma Population Demographics
Total Population 3,751,351
Males 1,856,977
Females 1,894,374
Population by Age
Under 18 929,666
18 & over 2,821,685
20-24 269,242
25-34 506,755
35-49 722,179
50-64 704,851
65 & over 506,714
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino 332,007
Non Hispanic or Latino 3,419,344
Population by Race
White 2,706,845
African-American 277,644
Asian 65,076
Native American 321,687
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 4,369
Other 154,409
Two or more 221,321
Map of Oklahoma