Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 69,898 sq miles; Land Only: 68,667 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Central Time Zone|
||Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas|
|Highest Point||Black Mesa, 4,975 feet|
|State Population (2015)||3,911,338|
|State Population Density||57.0 people / square mile|
||405, 580, 918|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Oklahoma City (579,999)
Broken Arrow (98,850)
Government & Legislature
|State Animal||American bison|
|State Colors||Green and white|
|State Fish||White or sand bass|
|State Grass||Indian grass|
||Labor omnia vincit (Labor conquers all things)|
|State Musical Instrument||Fiddle|
|State Reptile||Mountain boomer (collared lizard)|
|State Rock||Rose rock|
|State Wildflower||Indian blanket|
Oklahoma Fun Facts
- The name "Oklahoma" comes from two Choctaw Indian words: "okla" meaning people, and "humma" meaning red, so the state's name literally means "red people."
- The Land Rush of 1889 permitted settlers to claim the Unassigned Lands in present-day Oklahoma. Some settlers tried to beat the system by entering the area before the official start at noon on April 22, 1889. These settlers were called the Sooners, and that's where Oklahoma got its nickname.
- Cimarron County is the only county in the U.S. that touches four states: Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Kansas.
- Oklahoma has more than 200 man-made lakes. That's more than any other state in the United States.
- The world's largest concrete totem pole is in Foyil, Oklahoma. It is 90 feet tall and 30 feet around at its widest point.
- Oklahoma is the main producer of iodine in the United States.
- Shopping cart was invented in Oklahoma. Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Hympty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, introduced the "folding basket carriers" on June 4, 1937.
- The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on July 16, 1935.
- Oklahoma is one of only two states whose capital city's name includes the state name. The other is Indianapolis, Indiana.
- The first official tornado forecast and the first successful tornado forecast in recorded history happened at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1948.
- In 1907, Oklahoma became the last state to declare Christmas as a legal holiday.
- In 1977, Oklahoma became the first state to adopt lethal injection as a means of execution.
This page was last updated on August 23, 2016.