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Also Known as "the Sooner State", the state of Oklahoma is situated on a confluence of three varied curtural areas. It served traditionally as a route for cattle drives, a destination for settlers from the South, and a Native American territory sanctioned by the government. Evidence of inhabitation in the state of Oklahoma exists as ealry as the ice age. The first settler communities however only took root between 850 and 1450 AD. French explorers claimed the area in the 1700s.
Oklahoma is located in West South Central United States. It is the 28th most populous state in the US. The state consists of mountain ranges, prairie, mesas, and eastern forests. Most of the state of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains and U.S. Interior Highlands and is prone to rough and extreme weather.
Oklahoma is one of the six states on the Frontier Strip. It is bounded from various directions by the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. The state is situated in a temperate zone. It experiences extreme temperature and rainfall typical of a continental climate. Most of Oklahoma lies in an area known as the Tornado Alley which is marked by severe weather. On an average, 54 tornadoes strike the state per year. This is the highest rate the world over.
The main cities in the state of Oklahoma are Oklahoma City and Tulsa, which are also its economic hub.The place has 11 different eco-systems and hence a stunning variety of scenery. Major attractions include Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Quartz Mountain Resort, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Beavers Bend and Howchatown State Park, etc.
For those interested in soaking up culture, the place has a variety of diverse cultural traditions: Native American, cowboys, and oil barons, Oklahoma has it all! It is a good place for heritage tourism, visiting museums and on a differen tnote, taking up road trips. Oklahoma has something fo everyone.
The state has the highest enrollment rate of Native Americans in the nation. The state is also considered among the best in terms of pre-kindergarten education.
For higher education, there are several public institutions in Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma being a few of the largest in the state. Another notable institution is Langston University – the state's only historically Black college.
Last Updated On : Sept 11, 2014
Official Name Oklahoma
Largest CityOklahoma City
Official LanguageEnglish Cherokee (within Cherokee Nation and UKB) ( Spoken : English, Spanish, Cherokee)
Time ZoneUTC-7/-6 all of the state (legally) Central: UTC -6/-5, Kenton (informally) Mountain: UTC -7/-6
Lt. GovernorTodd Lamb
U.S. SenatorJim Inhofe, Thomas A. Coburn
AbbreviationOK, Okla. US-OK
Joined the UnionNovember 16, 1907
Highest PointBlack Mesa
Lowest PointLittle River at Arkansas border