Friday, November 5, 2010

Oklahoma City

Since Elliot will be spending nearly two years in Oklahoma, I thought it would be interesting to share some information about the state and about Oklahoma City in particular.  First, I've posted a great picture of the Oklahoma City skyline.  Then you'll find some trivia about Oklahoma from the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce website.  Finally, at the bottom of this post, you will find a promotional video produced by the Chamber all about Oklahoma City. 

Oklahoma Trivia (source:

Oklahoma means "Land of the Red People" in the Choctaw Language.

According to the 1990 census, Oklahoma's Indian population is 252,420, the largest of any state. Currently, 35 tribes maintain tribal councils in Oklahoma.

Admitted to the Union November 16, 1907, the 46th state

Divided into 77 counties with a total area of 69,957 square miles

Population in 1994 grew by 20,376 from 1993 to 3,258,100

Population per square mile, 46.6 people

Ranks 18th in area at 69,957 square miles: 68,656 square miles of land, 7.5 million areas of forest, 1,301 square miles of water, and more coastline than the Atlantic and Gulf together

Oklahoma is bordered by six states: Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri and Arkansas

Equidistant from Los Angeles and New York, and within 500 miles of 71 million people

State Motto: Labor Omnia Vincit (Labor Conquers All Things)
State Colors: Green and White
State Tree: Redbud (Cercis Canadensis)
State Animal: American Buffalo (Bison)
State Bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Muscivora Forficata)
State Fish: White Bass (Sand Bass) (Morone Chrysops)
State Flower: Oklahoma Rose
State Floral Emblem: Mistletoe (Phoradendron Serotinum)
State Rock: Rose Rock (Barite Rose)
State Nickname: Sooner State
State Reptile: Mountain Boomer (Collared Lizard)

Here is the video about Oklahoma City.

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