Nicknamed OKC or the Big Friendly, Oklahoma City is the state capital for Oklahoma and is America’s ninth-most highly populated state capital city.
According to Guinness World Records, parking meters were invented by American Carl C. Magee and were first installed in Oklahoma City’s business district on July 16, 1935.
Oklahoma City serves as headquarters for four large corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These formidable businesses are natural gas and petroleum producers Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy and Continental Resources as well as electricity and natural gas utility Oklahoma Gas & Electric.
Oklahoma shipped U$2.1 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Oklahoman exports are civilian aircraft, piston engines, bomb weaponry, computer storage devices including flash drives, pork and piping components according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Oklahoma City was 3.8% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Oklahoma City, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Overholser Mansion and the Pole Position Raceway
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Oklahoma City, United States:
- Wes Welker, professional NFL football wide receiver (born May 1, 1981)
- Blake Griffin, professional NBA basketball player (born Mar. 16, 1989)
- Joe Carter, professional MLB baseball player (born Mar. 7, 1960)
- John Smith, Olympic wrestling gold medalist (born Aug. 9, 1965)
- Johnny Bench, professional MLB baseball catcher (born Dec. 7, 1947)
- Courtney Parker, pop singer (born Jul. 9, 1985)
- Sam Bradford, professional NFL football quarterback (born Nov. 8, 1987)
- Barry McGuire, singer-songwriter (born Oct. 15, 1935)
- Riley Cooper, professional NFL football wide receiver (born Sep. 9, 1987)
- Shane Hamman, Olympic super-heavyweight weightlifter (born Jun. 20, 1972)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Oklahoma City resident: Oklahoma Cityan
Population: 631,346 (Oklahoma City)
Density: 1,050 people per square mile (406 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,358,452 (Oklahoma City metropolitan area)
Density: 214 people per square mile (82 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$72.019 billion as of March 2015 (Oklahoma City metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $53,015
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Oklahoma City: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 25, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Guinness World Records, First parking meters. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Oklahoma City official website. Accessed on May 25, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 25, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 25, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 25, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Oklahoma City city flag. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Oklahoma. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Oklahoma City. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Within city limits, Oklahoma City occupies 601.11 square miles (1,556.87 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 631,346 Oklahoma Cityans in 2015.
Including the city of Oklahoma City plus its surrounding rural municipalities, cities and towns, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area has a land area of 6,359 square miles (16,470 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.358 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Oklahoma City’s population density is 1,050 residents per square mile (406 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Oklahoma City metropolitan area with an average 214 inhabitants per square mile (82 per square kilometer).
Oklahoma Cityans celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.