Oklahoma Facts


Oklahoma Location In The US Oklahoma State Map

Oklahoma is known for:

  • American football
  • Oil production
  • Agriculture, particularly wheat, cattle, and oilseeds.
  • Tornadoes

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation OK
State Capital Oklahoma City
State Size Total (Land + Water): 69,898 sq miles; Land Only: 68,667 sq miles
Number of Counties 77
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas
Highest PointBlack Mesa, 4,975 feet
Tallest Building Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City, 850 feet
Largest StadiumGaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, capacity 86,112
National ParksNone
State Population (2020)3,959,353
State Population Density57.7 people / square mile
Area Codes 405, 539, 572, 580, 918
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Oklahoma City (662,314)
Tulsa (403,166)
Norman (125,762)
Broken Arrow (111,648)
Edmond (95,346)

Government & Legislature

Statehood November 16, 1907
Electoral Votes7
State Flag Oklahoma State Flag
GovernorOfficial Oklahoma Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Oklahoma
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Oklahoma
State SenatorsList of Oklahoma State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Oklahoma State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionOklahoma State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateOctober 6, 2014
Road ConditionsOklahoma Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date January 28, 2008

State Symbols

State AnimalAmerican bison
State Bird Scissor-tailed flycatcher
State ColorsGreen and white
State FishWhite or sand bass
State Flower Mistletoe
State GrassIndian grass
State InsectHoneybee
State Motto Labor omnia vincit (Labor conquers all things)
State Musical InstrumentFiddle
State Nickname Sooner State
State ReptileMountain boomer (collared lizard)
State RockRose rock
State Song"Oklahoma!"
State Tree Redbud
State WildflowerIndian blanket

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder
NCAA Division I Schools University of Oklahoma (Big 12)
Oklahoma State University-Stillwater (Big 12)
Oral Roberts University (The Summit League)
University of Tulsa (American Athletic)

Table Tennis Clubs in Oklahoma

City Table Tennis Club
Oklahoma CityEssential Table Tennis
Oklahoma CityOklahoma City Table Tennis Club
Tulsa, BixbyTulsa Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

Festivals and Events

Top festivals and events in Oklahoma. They are listed in approximate order of when they take place during the year.

Festival / Event When Location
Azalea Festival April Muskogee
Norman Music Festival April Norman
Paseo Arts Festival Memorial Day Weekend in May Oklahoma City
deadCenter Film Festival June Oklahoma City
Woody Guthrie Folk Festival July Okemah
FireFlight Balloon Festival August Shawnee
Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning August Muskogee
Oklahoma State Fair September Oklahoma City
Rocklahoma September Pryor
Tulsa State Fair September to October Tulsa
Poteau Balloon Fest October Poteau
Tulsa Oktoberfest October Tulsa

Popular Iconic Oklahoma Foods

Oklahoma is famous for the following foods:

  • Chicken Fried Steak
  • Fried Okra
  • Cornbread
  • Fried Onion Burger
  • Barbecue
  • Biscuits
  • Sausage and Gravy
  • Grits
  • Strawberries
  • Pecan Pie
  • Fried Pies
  • Fried Catfish
  • Indian Tacos

Famous People Born In Oklahoma

Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members

  • Jim Thorpe (Halfback, Coach, League President. Inducted in 1963)
  • Steve Owen (Tackle, Coach. Inducted in 1966)
  • Steve Largent (Wide Receiver. Inducted in 1995)
  • Lee Roy Selmon (Defensive End. Inducted in 1995)
  • Dan Hampton (Defensive Tackle, Defensive End. Inducted in 2002)

Baseball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Paul Waner (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1952)
  • Lloyd Waner (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1967)
  • Mickey Mantle (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1974)
  • Willie Stargell (Left Fielder. Inducted in 1988)
  • Johnny Bench (Catcher. Inducted in 1989)
  • Bullet Rogan (Pitcher. Inducted in 1998)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Jack McCracken (Forward. Inducted in 1962)
  • William Johnson (Center. Inducted in 1977)
  • Marques Haynes (Guard. Inducted in 1998)
  • Robert Hughes (Coach. Inducted in 2017)
  • Bill Self (Coach. Inducted in 2017)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Jennifer Jones
  • Olivia Munn
  • Brad Pitt

Famous Singers

  • Garth Brooks
  • Jeremy Castle
  • Vince Gill
  • Toby Keith
  • Reba McEntire

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.

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