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Even from the beginning, Oklahoma City has been far from
ordinary. Born at the sound of a gunshot, we became home to 10,000
homesteaders in the historic land run on April 22, 1889. Think that
day was full of excitement? It doesn’t even compare to the energy and
exuberance of Oklahoma City today.
Home to more than 1.2 million people, metropolitan Oklahoma City
is beloved by its residents and often the envy of other cities across the
country and around the world. You can see excitement and progress
everywhere. In the urban fabric of our growing downtown. On the
tree-lined streets of historic neighborhoods and arts districts. On the
faces of our famously friendly citizens. In the chants of one of the
loudest crowds in the NBA at an Oklahoma City Thunder game. And
in our diverse economy – did we mention it’s among the strongest in
the nation?
Home to industry and entrepreneurship, creatives and the
courageous, famous chefs and funny actresses, politicians and
professional athletes, Oklahoma City makes everyone feel at home.
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Want to know the best part? We’ve only just begun. There’s a true
modern-day renaissance taking place in Oklahoma City, and it’s time
for you to join us.
Oklahoma City makes living truly easy. Easy to grow, easy to prosper,
easy to be yourself, easy to become part of our community and just
easy to live.
Your New Hometown
Located in the heart of the state, Oklahoma City is the perfect mix
of big city and small town, making it a hard-to-find combination of
everything you want without everything you don’t. With a downtown
urban renaissance, quaint neighborhoods, a burgeoning arts scene,
seemingly endless recreational opportunities and abundant parks and
lakes, Oklahoma City has something for everyone.
The first citizens of Oklahoma City took fate into their own hands
and created a city from scratch. History repeated itself in the 1990s
when citizens voted for a penny sales tax to fund investments known
locally as MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects). Nine projects and
$350 million later, Oklahoma City was home to a new ballpark and
arena, a revitalized performing arts center, a rejuvenated river and
more – all leaving Oklahoma City in the midst of a modern day
renaissance, a phenomenon that continues today.
The original MAPS led to more than $5 billion in total investment,
including both public and private investment projects that have raised
our bar even higher.
Today, our reinvented downtown is home to the 2011-2012
NBA Western Conference Champion Oklahoma City Thunder, a
U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training center, an array of unique
restaurants, arts and entertainment venues and more.
When you call Oklahoma City home, you’ll experience our past,
present and future, and you’ll discover for yourself why our residents
just can’t get enough of this thriving, urban metropolis.
We’ve got It All
Arts & Music
Oklahoma City has a variety of world-class museums, art galleries
and performing art venues, but our love of artistic expression doesn’t
stop there. The city is also home to one of the most comprehensive
collections of Chihuly glass in the world. Oklahoma City’s love of the
arts extends far beyond museum walls. Each year the city plays host
to the annual Festival of the Arts, rated among the “Top 20 National
Arts Festivals” by Art Fair Sourcebook. Not to mention, the University
of Central Oklahoma’s Academy of Contemporary Music – known
locally as the School of Rock – is drawing aspiring musicians from
across the country.
Sports & Recreation
Not everyone knows that Oklahoma City is a haven for sports
and recreation enthusiasts. Here you’ll find the home of the 20112012 NBA Western Conference Champions, The Oklahoma City
Oklahoma River Boathouse District
Thunder. The nation’s oldest basketball tournament. A U.S. Olympic
and Paralympic training site for rowing and canoe/kayak. The ASA
Softball Hall of Fame. The headquarters for USA Canoe/Kayak. A
haven for college sports fanatics. And so much more. Whether you’re
into watching a baseball game, doing some rock climbing, going for a
hike, kayaking through a wildlife refuge, sailing across an urban lake,
riding your bike along the Oklahoma River and much more, you’ll
never run out of options here.
Western Heritage
Have a hankering for the Wild West? The historic Land Run of 1889
started it all as 50,000 homesteaders gathered to stake their claims
on more than 2 million acres of unassigned lands on the American
frontier. From the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
and the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum to Stockyards
City and the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City lets you
celebrate one of the most beloved eras in American history.
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Turn the page and learn
even more about Oklahoma
City. You’ll see that we boast
clean air, low crime, easy
commutes, friendly people,
a low cost of living and
more. You’ll also find new
and renovated schools, fresh
farmers markets, a dynamic
arts and music scene, a cradle
of entrepreneurship, more
than 300 days of sunshine per
year and an incredible sense of
National Cowboy & Western
Heritage Museum
But there’s even more to look
forward to. In Oklahoma City,
you can dream big. We haven’t
lost the pioneer spirit that took
our city from a population of
zero to 10,000 at the sound of
a shotgun. In fact, that spirit
is what we thrive on today. A
renewed emphasis on public
improvement and large-scale
projects has helped propel our
renaissance and make OKC a
big-league city, not to mention
a great place to live, work,
and play. This enterprise and
energy is evident everywhere.
From urban hustle to suburban
living, Oklahoma City not
only makes it all possible, but
makes it easy.
Oklahoma City’s affordability
is one of the key aspects of the
region’s unique livability.
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When it comes to the real estate
market, Oklahoma City offers an
impressive variety of housing at
one of the nation’s most affordable
rates – all without sacrificing quality. The Oklahoma Association of
Realtors listed the average Oklahoma City home price in the second
quarter of 2012 as $247,252. Single-family home prices start around
$60,000 and go up, with condominiums and townhomes ranging
from $65,000 to $300,000. And with Oklahoma City ranked among
the cities with the best real estate appreciation potential (according to
Forbes), you’ll be making a wise investment.
From modern, urban lofts in the heart of downtown to historic homes
on tree-lined streets, Greater Oklahoma City offers an expansive
choice of desirable neighborhoods and a wide range of prices for
housing, not to mention an incredible variety of housing options
available. Are you attracted to hip, happening urban enclaves, or is
good old-fashioned suburban living more your style? Maybe you prefer
recent developments with lots of community amenities or picture
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yourself in a historic home on a
tree-lined street. No matter what
your tastes, Oklahoma City has
it all – new homes in suburban
communities, the simple life of a
smaller community with a short
commute. The choices for where
you call home are seemingly endless.
And the span of architectural
styles provides something for every
design taste, from arts and crafts
bungalows to Tudor-style cottages,
mid-century modern to traditional
ranch homes, or European-inspired
Greater Oklahoma City offers
a wide choice of desirable
Also available are hundreds of rental
apartments ranging from brand new luxury complexes to modest,
garden-style apartments with the average rental price ranging from
$600 to $1,500. In fact, the average 950-square-foot apartment
in Oklahoma City costs $746 per month, compared to $1,238 in
Chicago, or even higher in other cities.
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Here in Oklahoma City,
we are always looking to the
future – where we can make
improvements and how we
Oklahoma city can increase the quality of life
for our citizens. A key aspect
of this is education. Quality,
commitment and accountability
are a few of the words that reflect the sweeping changes in Oklahoma
Just over 10 years ago, Oklahoma City voters approved an initiative
called MAPS for Kids which raised $700 million for Oklahoma City
Public Schools and 23 surrounding school districts. The initiative
funded replacement or renovation of every school in the Oklahoma City
Public Schools district, giving our kids quality environments to learn
in. But the changes didn’t stop there – the plan also called for strategic
academic reforms, improved student achievement, restored classroom
discipline and increased accountability.
Our dedication to education shows. Oklahoma schools have received
national recognition for alternative education, early childhood
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accessibility and the increasing number of teachers earning National
Board Certification – the profession’s top credential. Major education
reform through the state legislature is beginning to take effect
throughout the state and is upping the ante when it comes to the
education our kids receive. And, for the sixth year in a row, Oklahoma
City earned a spot as one of the “100 Best Communities for Young
People” according to America’s Promise Alliance.
Excellent schools can be found both in the city’s urban center and
in the surrounding suburban areas. According to U.S. News & World
Report, 14 of the top 20 Oklahoma high schools lie in the Greater
Oklahoma City area. Beyond Oklahoma City Public Schools, there
are several other districts located in Oklahoma County, including:
Choctaw/Nicoma Park, Deer Creek, Edmond, Moore, Putnam City
and others.
Each year, Oklahoma students achieve above the national average on
the SAT and have seen one of the largest performance increases on
the ACT test over the past 15 years. In fact, the Oklahoma School
of Science and Mathematics (OSSM), a tuition-free residential high
school near downtown Oklahoma City for juniors and seniors with
exceptional ability in math and science, has achieved the highest
composite ACT scores of any high school in the country twice since
1998 and has produced more than 200 National Merit Scholars in the
school’s 15-year history.
Career and Technology Schools
When it comes to career and technology schools, Oklahoma’s system is
nationally acclaimed. Greater Oklahoma City’s nine technology systems
and 18 campuses not only provide training to high school and postsecondary students, but they also provide invaluable training services to
a variety of businesses in a number of different skill areas.
Higher Education
Greater Oklahoma City is home to 18 colleges and universities and two
community colleges. Through these institutions, more than 125,000
students are furthering their education and pursuing thousands of
graduate and undergraduate opportunities.
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Oklahoma City is consistently
recognized as being a haven for
business. A strong economic
climate, diverse industries and
low tax rates mean that our
businesses have the opportunity
to thrive. This, in turn, means
great job opportunities for you.
The success of our region’s
economy and a stable
unemployment climate did not
happen overnight. For years,
Oklahoma City has worked
for wide-spread quality of
life improvements and selfinvestment. The massive scale of
our public improvement projects,
along with first-class business and
cost environments, have helped
stoke our red-hot economic
engine and propel Oklahoma City
forward. In addition, we have
been ranked in the top three for
lowest unemployment rate in the
nation by the Bureau of Labor and
Statistics for more than three years.
Last year alone, Oklahoma
City has garnered an arsenal of
accolades from national media
and organizations.
But we don’t want to take all the
credit for our strong job climate.
Some of the nation’s most
Most Business
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Top 10 Best Big Cities
for Jobs
– Forbes, May 2012
One of Best Cities
for Jobs
– Manpower Group, March 2012
renowned corporate entities call
Greater Oklahoma City Home.
Energy companies located here
include Chesapeake Energy
Corporation, Continental
Resources, Devon Energy,
SandRidge Energy and others.
They join other companies
such as AAA, American Fidelity
Assurance Company, Boeing,
Dell, Farmers Insurance, Hertz,
Love’s Travel Stops & Country
Stores, Northrop-Grumman,
Pratt & Whitney, Quad/
Graphics, Sonic America’s
Drive In, The Hartford, and
more who help to create a
strong and diverse economy in
Greater Oklahoma City.
Top City for Job
– Gallup, March 2012
One of the Happiest
Cities to Work In
– CareerBliss.com, January 2012
No. 1 for Economic
– MetroTrends, December 2011
Fourth Best for a Job
– BenefitsPro, October 2011
Aerospace represents more than
38,000 jobs at more than 250
firms. Centered on the work at
the Oklahoma City Air Logistics
Center at Tinker Air Force
Base, private companies such as
Boeing, Lockheed Martin and
Pratt & Whitney partner with
military personnel to operate
the largest aircraft and jet repair
center in the United States. Another star performer is the FAA’s Mike
Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 5,500 employees provide
aviation training and logistics support to the nation’s aerospace
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Cutting-edge research is
transferring into successful
businesses in the region’s fastgrowing bioscience cluster.
Spurred by the presence of the
University of Oklahoma Health
Sciences Center (OUHSC) and
Presbyterian Health Foundation
in downtown, the number of
employees has grown to 27,800
in just a few short years. From
the new $125 million Oklahoma
Medical Research Foundation’s
eight-story research tower, powered almost completely by wind power,
to the seven-story, $120 million cancer research and treatment facility
at OUHSC to the ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City
is booming with bioscience.

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We’ve already told you about how Oklahoma City likes to invest
in itself. When it comes to our health, we’re no different. We
know that healthy lifestyles raise quality of living and help create a
vibrant city. As we move forward, creating amenities that promote
healthy living is a top priority. The following are just some of the
many amenities available for those looking to support an active and
healthy lifestyle in Oklahoma City:
• More than 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling and
skating trails. A capital improvements package was passed
in 2009 which will use $40 million to construct even more
new miles of trails.
• More than 15 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails
around Bluff Creek and Lake Stanley Draper.
• Three large lakes: Hefner, Draper and Overholser –
representing more than 6,900 surface acres and providing
outdoor recreational activities in and around each lake.
• World-class canoeing and kayaking at the Oklahoma River,
a seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River that runs
through the heart of Oklahoma City.
• Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park, 26,000-square-feet of
terrain for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX freestyle
• Paw Park, a two-acre off-the-leash park recognized as one of
the top 10 dog parks in the U.S., features a swimming pond
and enclosures for both small and large dogs.
• Fresh, locally grown produce at weekly farmer’s markets at
OSU-OKC, on Classen Curve and St. Anthony’s in Midtown
and in other surrounding areas.
• $60 million in improvements to the Oklahoma River
approved in 2009, which will include the addition of a worldclass whitewater kayaking facility.
Outstanding Medical Care
With one of the nation’s leading heart transplant teams, one of the
country’s most complete medical research centers and one of the
medical profession’s most respected eye institutes, Greater Oklahoma
City residents have access to
some of the best available
health care. The city is also
home to ProCure, one of
only eight proton therapy
centers in America, as well
as the recently-opened Peggy
and Charles Stephenson
Oklahoma Cancer Center, a
comprehensive cancer center,
and the Oklahoma Diabetes
Center – bringing even
more cutting-edge technology, research, clinical care and alternative
therapies to Oklahoma City.
With 35 area hospitals, Oklahoma City residents don’t have to look
far to find quality health care, including specialty services in areas
such as oncology and hematology; orthopaedics; burn treatment;
hearing and vision care; neonatal care; infertility; spinal disorder care;
sports medicating; and others.
The state’s only Level 1 Trauma Center with Mediflight service is
based in Oklahoma City, the ideal location for regional service.
You may have heard Oklahoma
referred to as the land where the
“wind comes sweeping down
the plains,” but we’ve got much
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more going on than just the
occasional gust of wind. In fact,
Oklahoma City offers a pretty
typical, seasonally varied climate
throughout the year. Summers
are sunny and warm, winters are bright and chilly, autumn is the
right kind of crisp and springs are often wet. Basically, Oklahoma
City boasts a great balance of weather. During our enjoyably average
(weather-wise) year, we experience clear skies most of the time (65
percent), clean air and an annual average temperature of 60 degrees.
If you’ve heard rumors
of tornadoes, we’re
here to help you
understand what things
are really like. In reality,
damaging storms
are simply not that
common. The experts
at the National Severe
Storms Laboratory
have computed that
the chance of being
struck by a tornado
at any given point in
Oklahoma is once in
Oklahoma River
about 1,400 years – and
you’d have to wait even
longer (around 4,000
years) for a chance at being struck by a significant (F2+) tornado.
Whereas, the chances of a Category 1 (75+ mph winds) hurricane
striking any given point along the Gulf or Atlantic coasts is once
every 10 years.
In Greater Oklahoma City, there is always plenty to do and see. In
fact, we suggest you think of a move to Oklahoma City as an easy
way to upgrade your lifestyle. When you pair a higher income per
capita with a lower cost of living, you end up with plenty of extra
money to live it up. Whether you’re an art aficionado, an outdoor
enthusiast, a sports fanatic or any other variety of interests, our spirit
and diversity will never leave a dull moment.
Get Out and About
Gaze in awe at the world’s largest Chihuly glass tower; catch an
outdoor concert at a 17-acre park in the middle of downtown;
conquer a skate park designed by Oklahoma City’s own champion
BMX racer Mat Hoffman; or take a kayak down the Oklahoma
River (an official Olympic and Paralympic training site). Explore
the galleries of our major museums overflowing with treasures or
enjoy the organic creativity flowing from dozens of art galleries and
performance venues. From sporting events and outdoor adventures,
to theater and ballet, Oklahoma City is sure to dazzle you.
Arts & Culture
Creativity abounds in Oklahoma City. By combining our hip, spirited
environment with a deep western heritage, we’ve created a place
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where culture and commerce thrive. The diversity, creativity and cando attitude can be seen all around town from the towering Devon
Energy tower to various districts scattered across the city.
Our robust artist community – with more than 4,500 artists and
more than 20 arts organizations – is one of the largest in the nation.
Visit the Paseo District, check out one of the many art galleries,
spot public art, and you’ll get an idea of the phenomenal spirit that
resonates in Oklahoma City.
Head downtown to the Civic Center Music Hall and experience the
performing arts in the splendor of the 75-year-old concert hall. The
art-deco hall features a multi-tiered auditorium with three balconies,
numerous private suites, a hydraulic orchestra pit and virtually
perfect acoustics. The Civic Center is home to the Oklahoma City
Philharmonic Orchestra, Oklahoma City Ballet, Canterbury Chorale
Society, Lyric Theatre and others. It also plays host to touring
Broadway musicals and an annual series of national artists.
Oklahoma City also boasts a number of other theatres and
performance groups, including Carpenter Square Theatre, Jewel Box
Theatre, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre and Oklahoma Opry. With so
many theatres and performance groups, there is truly something to
entertain everyone in Oklahoma City.
World-Class Museums
The crown jewel of the Arts District is the spectacular Oklahoma City
Museum of Art. A stopping point for some of the most renowned
traveling exhibits, the museum is also home to the world’s largest, most
comprehensive exhibit by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Now an OKC
icon, a 55-foot Chihuly glass tower greets museum visitors upon arrival.
At the Museum School, you can create your own masterpiece with
year-round camps and classes for people of all ages. And the gourmet
café ensures the museum pays tribute to the culinary arts.
Take in the mind-expanding exhibits throughout the year at several
galleries around town, including Untitled [Art Space], Red Earth
Gallery, and the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, along with
Then there’s the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum,
home to a vast collection of classic and contemporary western art,
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including works by Charles
Russell, Frederic Remington and
the awe-inspiring 18-foot “End
of the Trail” sculpture by James
Earle Fraser. There are also five
breathtaking western landscapes
known as “Windows to the West”
by Albuquerque artist Wilson
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Junction, a re-created western
town. The museum also has
an amazing gift shop and restaurant, and serves as one of the city’s
elegant special event venues.
Located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City is the Oklahoma
City National Memorial & Museum. Created as a peaceful
monument, the memorial offers visitors from around the world
comfort and hope. The interactive learning museum honors the
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survivors and those who lost their lives in the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building bombing on April 19, 1995.
Just 30 minutes south of Oklahoma City is the Sam Noble Museum
of Natural History on the campus of the University of Oklahoma
in Norman. This museum boasts thousands of artifacts tracing
Oklahoma’s natural history, including dinosaur fossils and Native
American cultural exhibits.
In its new home across from the State Capitol, the 215,000-squarefoot Oklahoma History Center offers a chance to explore Oklahoma’s
unique story through interactive exhibits covering geology,
transportation, commerce, culture, aviation, heritage and more.
Arts Festivals
Our city’s creativity boils over throughout the year as arts festivals
descend on Oklahoma City. Each spring, the ever-popular Festival of
the Arts springs up tents, taking over North Hudson Avenue and the
Myriad Botanical Gardens downtown with more than 150 local and
nationally-known artisans, enticing tasty treats along International
Food Row and tunes from a mixture of musical genres.
The three-day holiday weekends that kick off and end summer bring
more opportunities to enjoy art in Oklahoma City. Catch the Paseo
Arts Festival on Memorial Day weekend, when artists and musicians
fill the streets of the Paseo District. Visit a stained glass workshop or
pottery studio, watch a painter at work, see a children’s theater group
performance or just have dinner and shop. As the summer months
draw to a close, Oklahoma City Community College in south
Oklahoma City hosts Arts Festival Oklahoma on the college’s campus
over Labor Day weekend. Each year more than 30,000 visitors are
treated to original artwork and handicrafts, live music performances
and tasty food.
The Sporting Life
Oklahoma City is taking the sports world by storm. Here, you’ll find
packed bleachers along vibrant riverbanks, tens of thousands of fans
roaring for the NBA’s 2011-2012 Western Conference Champion
Oklahoma City Thunder, while championships take place everywhere
from baseball diamonds to archery ranges. Whether you prefer to
be in the stands or on the field, Oklahoma City is a sports lover’s
paradise. With a full slate of college sports in baseball, football,
softball and basketball, there’s always something to cheer about.
Thunder Alley outside the Chesapeake Energy Arena
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The NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder has transformed the downtown
Chesapeake Energy Arena into one of the toughest places to play in
professional sports. Led by 2010, 2011 and 2012 scoring champion
Kevin Durant and Coach Scott Brooks, in just five years in Oklahoma
City, the Thunder have made the playoffs three times. In 2012, they
captivated the nation and the world as they won their first Western
Conference Championship and made a run in the NBA Finals.
You can see the future stars of baseball at one of the top minor league
ballparks in the country at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The
Oklahoma City Redhawks, the triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros,
won four divisional titles this past decade and routinely feature some
of the best young talent in baseball.
The Oklahoma City
Barons are an American
Hockey League franchise
that debuted in Oklahoma
City in 2010. The Barons
serve as the top minor
league affiliate for the
NHL’s Edmonton Oilers
and continue a tradition
of outstanding hockey
fan support in Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City is an oasis
for outdoor enthusiasts,
offering plenty of
opportunities to connect
with nature in an urban
setting. The city’s extensive park system provides attractive, wellmaintained areas for tennis, swimming, biking, jogging and even
horseback riding. And did we mention that there are more than 50
lakes within an hour’s drive, dozens of miles of trails and 33 public
and private golf courses?
Escape the buzz of a bustling downtown by venturing into the 17acre Myriad Botanical Gardens located just south of Devon Tower
and on the northwest corner of the Chesapeake Energy Area. The
park received a complete redesign in 2011 and now residents and
visitors alike can enjoy a grand performance lawn, a children’s
discovery garden, an ice skating rink, a café, a dog release area and
more. Included in this downtown delight is the Crystal Bridge
Tropical Conservatory – a seven-story cylinder suspended over a lake
the size of a football field – which serves as the garden’s centerpiece.
Spring and summer in the gardens bring outdoor concerts, movies,
performances and more. And in winter, an outdoor ice skating rink
becomes a favorite gathering place.
Run, Cycle, Row & More
Not only does Oklahoma City boast a comprehensive and growing
citywide trails system, it’s also home to some of the most prestigious
running and cycling races in the country. Both the Oklahoma City
National Memorial Marathon and the Red Bud Classic have received
accolades from Runner’s World. With numerous races, clubs and
shops, running and cycling enthusiasts have no problem finding a
home in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma River is fast becoming one of the world’s premier
venues for rowing and canoe/kayak. Each year the river, a U.S.
Olympic & Paralympic Training Site for the sports of rowing and
canoe/kayak, hosts numerous regattas. But you don’t have to be a
world-class athlete to get on the water. The Boathouse District has
a variety of community classes, programs and rentals, including
opportunities to kayak through the 1,000-acre Stinchcomb Wildlife
On a quest for the extreme? We’ve got you covered. Oklahoma City
is home to the 26,000-square-foot Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park,
one of the most challenging skateparks in the region. The facility is
designed for skateboards, in-line skating and BMX freestyle biking. If
that isn’t enough, the Rocktown Climbing Gym, built inside an old
concrete grain silo, boasts indoor and outdoor climbs. Want to feel the
wind in your hair? Lake Hefner is a paradise for everything from kite
boarding and wind surfing to traditional sailing.
Oklahoma City’s low cost of living might leave you with some extra
money burning a hole in your pocket. If retail therapy is your thing,
we’ve got shopping options no matter what your tastes. From high-end
and national retailers at Penn Square Mall and Quail Springs Mall to
local shops at the Classen Curve and on Western Avenue, Oklahoma
City offers more than you might imagine.
And if you’re looking for a place with it all, head down I-40 to the
west side of town to the state’s only
outlet center, The Outlet Shoppes
at Oklahoma City. With nearly
350,000-square-foot, the outlet
center features dozens of designer
outlets including Banana Republic,
Coach, Cole Haan, Levi’s, Nike,
Saks Off 5th and more.
Fantastic dining, great shopping,
undeniable fun – these are just
a few things to describe the
opportunities available all over
the metro in some of our thriving
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Automobile Alley
In its heyday, this area was home to more than 50 car dealerships.
Today, it’s filled with businesses, shops and restaurants. If you pass
through at night, vintage-style neon signs light the sidewalks. And it’s
a unique place for bicycle enthusiasts to find everything they need for
any kind of riding. The area’s development is far from over with new
condominiums, shops and more continuing to call this area home.
The fastest-growing entertainment district in the southwest,
Bricktown is always abuzz with activity. Enjoy a cocktail on the mile-
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long canal, dance the night away
in a trendy club or sit down to
a white-tableclothed treat. Hop
on a Spokies bike, downtown
Oklahoma City’s very own (and
brand-spanking-new) bike share
program. Catch a ballgame at
the award-winning Chickasaw
Bricktown Ballpark and then
take a water taxi ride, grab a
little sushi and listen to some
live music on a waterside stage to
celebrate the win - without ever
having to get in the car. Both
family-friendly and made for
late-night fun, Bricktown offers
something for everyone in this
downtown urban hotspot.
Capitol Hill
Once slated to be the sight of
Oklahoma City’s capitol, Capitol
Hill is both historic and up-andcoming. Located just south of downtown bordering the Oklahoma
River, this district is home to a Main Street program that is working
to once again establish the area as a thriving, bustling, commercial
Classen Curve & Nichols Hills Plaza
Settle yourself in at one of several establishments to watch a game.
Enjoy an afternoon of retail excursions. As one of Oklahoma City’s
newest hot spots, Classen Curve – situated on North Western Avenue
near the Chesapeake Energy Corporation campus – is filled with
boutique retailers, local restaurants and more.
Just north of Classen Curve, you’ll find historic Nichols Hills. This
neighborhood offers elegant shopping and fine dining along with
colorful boutiques and quaint
stores – and some serious house
I-240 Corridor
Located on the south side of
Oklahoma City along I-240, this
suburban area is a great place
to take the family, do a little
shopping at everything from bigbox stores to local boutiques, and
check out a variety of restaurants
and cafes.
Memorial Road
Home to many of your favorite
names, Memorial Road boasts
plenty of good fun and shopping
action. Add to your wardrobe or
Classen Curve
catch the latest movie at Quail
Springs Mall. Or check any
of a number of free-standing shopping options along this bustling
thoroughfare. Then head out to a great dinner and drinks with your
fellow Oklahoma Citians.
Come Home to OU Medicine
• OU Physicians Internal Medicine,
Senior Health and Women’s Health
825 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City
• OU Physicians Family Medicine
900 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City
• OU Physicians at Edmond
2611 Kelley Pointe Parkwy, Edmond
• OU Physicians Mid-Del Family Medicine
1212 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City
• OU Physicians in Norman
3400 W. Tecumseh Road, Norman
• OU Physicians Grand Prairie Pediatrics
7301 N Comanche Avenue, Oklahoma City
• OU Latino Clinic
420 S.W. 10th Street, Oklahoma City
Find out more about our
primary care services at
www.ou.edu/eoo (#73874, 8/12)
Making your home in the Oklahoma City area is a great move for your family, with access to
excellent education, housing, world-class activities and some of the nation’s leading healthcare
providers at OU Medicine. With numerous convenient locations and knowledgeable, caring
providers, including specialists in nearly every medical area, making your medical home at
OU Medicine is a natural choice. Find a location close to your home or business:
One of the newest areas on the scene, Midtown is truly making a
splash as a revitalization effort has taken hold and created multiple
success stories. Full of fantastic housing options – from revitalized
historic buildings to new developments – plus local restaurants and
bars, Midtown is a great place to discover what’s new and hip on the
OKC scene.
Northwest Expressway Corridor
Similar to Memorial Road and the I-240 Corridor but also offering
local fare and every kind of shopping from big box stores to local
boutiques, Northwest Expressway is a major hub of retail and dining
in northwest Oklahoma City. Here you’ll find Penn Square Mall,
Oklahoma City’s premiere shopping destination featuring more than
100 stores. A wide variety of restaurants and pubs abound, as does
upper-end mall shopping and dining at Penn Square Mall and family
entertainment options.
Built as Oklahoma
City’s first commercial
shopping district, Paseo is now
home to a variety of art galleries
(where you can see artists in
action), restaurants and boutiques.
Each month this bustling district
hosts a gallery walk (on the first
Friday and Saturday of the month)
when you can explore art, food
and Oklahoma City’s creative
Western Avenue
This ever-expanding strip is a
favorite for locals. Located near
the Crown Heights neighborhood,
Western Avenue offers a fantastic
mix of the all-local. Some of the
city’s oldest and most legendary
clubs and restaurants are located
here. Sushi, pizza, antiques, wine
bars, frozen yogurt, live music,
white tablecloths, red-checkered
tablecloths, coffee shops, great
laid-back ambiance and more can
all easily be found on Western
The Paseo Arts District
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Will Rogers World Airport
One of the many perks to life in
Oklahoma City is that we don’t
spend hours sitting in traffic
going to and from work. In fact,
residents have an average one-way
commute of only 21 minutes.
Compare that to 26.5 minutes in
Phoenix and 26.7 in Denver. Sure,
five minutes might not sound
like much, but when you double
it daily, then multiply it by five
days a week, you’ll end up with a
time savings of 50 minutes. That’s
about 50 hours – or more than
two days – saved in a single year.
Just think about what you could
do with all of that extra time.
Oklahoma City is extraordinary
in a number of ways – one of
those being size (621 square
miles to be exact). But don’t
let that seem daunting. Our
vast size is tamed by a generous
network of interstates and free36
flowing arteries that make it easy
for residents to commute from
home to any corner of the metro
without being tied up in traffic.
If public transit is more
your style, you can join the
approximately 3 million
people who take advantage of
METRO Transit’s bus and trolley
service each year. From getting
across town to getting around
downtown, METRO Transit has
a variety of routes and services to
keep you moving.
The city’s location, equidistant
from both coasts at the junction
of three of the nation’s major
arteries, ensures easy travel and
transportation from Oklahoma
City to anywhere in the U.S.
Two of the nation’s most
important highways – Interstate
40, which runs from Los Angeles
to Raleigh, N.C.; and Interstate
35, which runs all the way from
Mexico to Canada – meet in
downtown Oklahoma City.
The intersection of these major
highways, along with the nearly
13,000 miles of streets in the city,
ensures Oklahoma City’s status as
the crossroads of America.
Oklahoma’s largest airport,
Will Rogers World Airport, is
named for the famous Oklahoma
humorist who was also an avid
aviation supporter. A $110-million
expansion added eight new gates
to the airport, which serves nine
major airlines, seven regional
airlines and a growing number of
charter services with more than 75
daily departures, including direct
connections to 20 airports in 18
Looking to travel south of the
Red River? Amtrak service via
The Heartland Flyer makes daily
runs between Oklahoma City
and Fort Worth, Texas. Once
you get to Fort Worth, you
can easily pick up connections
to Dallas, Chicago and San
Antonio. The train departs and
arrives at historic Santa Fe Depot
at the front door of Bricktown –
Oklahoma City’s entertainment
If you’re into weekend road
trips to historic sites, great eats
(You’ve seen “Diners, Drive-Ins
and Dives,” right?), quirky shops
and more, Oklahoma City has
just what you’re looking for: the
“Mother Road” – aka historic
Route 66. This long-traveled
highway stretches for more than
400 miles across the state of
Oklahoma, with Oklahoma City
right at the center of the action.
Our situation along this famed
route adds to our region’s historic
charm, western heritage and
makes us the occasional stomping
ground for celebrities such as
Sir Paul McCartney and Colin
Farrell as they make the worldfamous drive across the U.S.
Skydance Bridge
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discovering Oklahoma City. But we know that once you’re
here, you’ll want to know what’s happening and how you
can get involved in the community. That’s where The Better
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Beginning Your Life
in Oklahoma City
Below is a list of Greater Oklahoma City Chamber members that
can assist you as you begin your life in Oklahoma City. From moving
to getting settled in, these businesses will be there to help you along
the way. More information about moving to Oklahoma City and
surrounding areas is available at www.abetterlifeokc.com.
Categories listed in this section:
About Oklahoma City .......................42
Auto Tag, Driver’s License and Voter
Adult Education ...............................43
Industrial, Technical & Trade ...........43
Private .........................................43-44
Public ...............................................45
Universities & Colleges ...............46-48
Hospitals .......................................48-49
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Movers ...........................................49-50
Post Offices ........................................50
Utilities ..............................................50
The Children’s Gardens
Oklahoma City
OKC Relocation information
Greater Oklahoma City
(405) 297-8900
Downtown Oklahoma City
Incorporated (DOKC)
(405) 235-3500
Oklahoma City Convention
& Visitors Bureau
(405) 297-8912
The Bricktown Association
(405) 236-8666
Auto Tag,
Drivers License
and Voter
Bethany Tag Agency, Inc.
(405) 787-2235
Downtown OKC Tag Agency
(405) 232-5299
Midwest City Tag Agency
(405) 737-7640
Nicoma Park Tag Agency
(405) 769-3353
Northwest Tag Agency
(405) 840-1739
Price Tag Agency
(405) 634-3333
Warwick Tag Agency
(405) 720-0002
ATI Career Training Center
(405) 445-5760
Opportunities Industrialization
Center, Inc.
(405) 235-2651
Platt College
(405) 749-2533
Wright Career College
(405) 681-2300
Mike Monroney Aeronautical
Center - FAA
(405) 954-4521
National Coalition of
Certification Centers “NC3”
(405) 850-9814
Petroleum Landman School, LLC
(405) 639-7581
Heritage Hall
(405) 749-3000
Life Christian Academy
(405) 737-4902
Mount St. Mary Catholic
High School
(405) 631-8865
Bishop McGuinness
Catholic High School
(405) 842-6638
Oklahoma Christian
Schools, Inc.
(405) 844-4464
Oklahoma Health Academy
(405) 912-2777
Casady School
(405) 749-3100
Celebrations Preschool, Inc.
(405) 236-4038
Christ the King Catholic School
(405) 843-3909
Christian Heritage Academy
(405) 672-1787
Providence Hall
(405) 478-2077
Rosary School
(405) 525-9272
St. John’s Episcopal School and
Child Dev. Program
(405) 943-8583
The Goddard School
(405) 348-4442
Westminster School
(405) 524-0631
Putnam City Schools
(405) 495-5200
Santa Fe South Schools, Inc.
(405) 631-6100
ASTEC Charter Schools
(405) 947-6272
Dove Science Academy
(405) 524-9762
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
(405) 717-7799
KIPP Reach College Prep
(405) 425-4622
ITT Technical Institute
(405) 810-4100
Oklahoma City Public Schools
(405) 587-0000
Oklahoma School of Science
& Mathematics
(405) 521-6436
Metro Technology Centers
(405) 424-8324
Moore Norman Technology
(405) 217-8220
Embry Riddle Aeronautical
(405) 739-0397
Heartland Baptist Bible College
(405) 943-9330
Heritage College
(405) 631-3399
Langston University
(405) 466-3201
The Academy of Contemporary
Music at the University of
Central Oklahoma
(405) 974-4700
Brown Mackie College
(405) 621-8000
DeVry University & Keller
Graduate School of Management
(405) 767-9516
Langston University
at Oklahoma City
(405) 962-1620
Christian University
(405) 691-3800
Mid-America Christian
University (North Campus)
(405) 692-3200
Oklahoma Baptist University
Graduate School
(405) 585-4601
Oklahoma Christian University
(405) 425-5100
Southwestern College
(405) 733-3301
Oklahoma City
Community College
(405) 682-7502
The University of
Central Oklahoma
(405) 974-2311
Oklahoma City University
(405) 208-5000
University of Oklahoma
(405) 325-3916
Oklahoma State University
(405) 744-5000
University of Oklahoma Health
Sciences Center
(405) 271-2332
Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City
(405) 947-4421
Rose State College
(405) 733-7368
Southern Nazarene University
(405) 789-6400
Southwestern Christian
(405) 789-7661
University of Phoenix Oklahoma City Campus
(405) 842-8007
University of Phoenix West OKC Learning Center
(405) 842-8007
Vatterott College
(405) 9234-3600
Bone and Joint Hospital
at St. Anthony
(405) 272-9671
Cancer Treatment Centers
of America
(800) 333-2822
The Children’s Center
(405) 789-6711
Deaconess Hospital
(405) 604-6000
Department of Veterans Affairs
Medical Center
(405) 456-5133
Medical Center
(405) 949-3011
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley
Regional Hospital
(405) 717-7963
INTEGRIS Cancer Institute
of Oklahoma
(405) 773-6400
INTEGRIS Health Edmond
(405) 657-3000
INTEGRIS Heart Hospital
(405) 951-2277
INTEGRIS Southwest
Medical Center
(405) 636-7000
Lakeside Women’s Hospital
(405) 936-1500
Mercy Hospital
of Oklahoma City
(405) 752-3754
The OU Cancer Institute
Valir Health
(405) 271-6822
(405) 609-3600
www.ouhsc.edu/oucancerinstitute www.valir.com
OU Medical Center
(405) 271-5911
The Children’s Hospital
at OU Medical Center
(405) 271-5911
OU Medical Center Edmond
(405) 341-6100
Oklahoma Center for Orthopedic
and Multi-Specialty Surgery
(405) 602-6500
Oklahoma Heart Hospital
(405) 608-3300
Oklahoma Heart Hospital
South Campus
(405) 628-6401
Oklahoma Spine Hospital
(405) 749-2700
St. Anthony Hospital
(405) 272-7000
ACE Moving & Storage
(405) 672-4425
A-1 Freeman Moving
& Storage, Inc.
(405) 751-7561
Affiliated Movers of
Oklahoma City, Inc.
(405) 677-7400
All Star Moving
(405) 399-3004
American Movers of
Oklahoma, Inc.
(405) 232-5200
Armstrong Relocation
(405) 947-8001
Arrow Moving & Storage
(405) 495-5565
Atlas Van Lines
(800) 654-5815
OGE Energy Corp.
(405) 553-3000
Bekins Relocation Services
(405) 521-8000
Oklahoma Natural Gas
(405) 551-6500
Emrick’s Van & Storage Company,
Agent for Allied Van Lines
(405) 946-4405
(888) 369-8647
Little Guys Movers
(405) 292-5700
Post Offices
United States Postal Service
(800) 275-8777
AT&T Oklahoma
(800) 403-3302
City of Oklahoma City Utilities
(405) 297-2833
Cox Communications
(405) 600-8282
From earaches to emergencies
Mercy Clinic - we’ve got your medical needs covered.
As you settle into your new neighborhood, rely on Mercy
Clinic physicians. By choosing one, you’ll be connected to a
whole team focused on your health. So your family
medicine doctor, internist or pediatrician can connect you to
another specialist, anytime you need one.
And, your medical team is linked by your electronic health
record, so everyone caring for you understands your needs.
Plus, you’ll stay connected with your team online through
MyMercy. Using it, you’ll:
• Send messages to your doctor.
• Schedule an appointment online.
• Request prescription renewals.
• Check your lab results online.
• Do the same for your entire family.
To find a Mercy Clinic physician near you, visit mercy.net.
For more information or a physician referral, call
okcchamber.com | 405.297.8900 | [email protected]