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Oklahoma State Profile

Where is Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is a state situated in the western south-central United States. It is bordered on the north by Colorado and Kansas; on the east by Missouri and Arkansas; on the south by Texas ; and on the west by New Mexico.
What is the capital of Oklahoma?
Oklahoma City is the capital of Oklahoma. It is also the largest city in the state covering an area of 621.2 square miles. The estimated population of the city is 537,183.

How big is Oklahoma?
With an area of 69,898 square miles, Oklahoma is the twentieth-largest state in the United States.

What is the nickname of Oklahoma?
In 1889, when the Indian territory began to be flooded with people from different states, the population saw a tremendous rise. These settlers came to known as Sooners.
Hence, Oklahoma adopted its nickname as "The Sooner State".

Who are the political leaders of Oklahoma?
Governor - Mary Fallin
Lieutenant Governor - Todd Lamb

What is the official language of Oklahoma?
English is the official language of Oklahoma. The other languages spoken in the state include German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, and French.

What are the religions practiced in Oklahoma?
Christianity is the official religion of Oklahoma. The largest denomination is the United Methodist Church, followed by the Roman Catholic Church, the Assemblies of God, and Churches of Christ. There are a number of Jews and Muslims in the state.

What is the economy of Oklahoma like?
Aviation, energy, electronics, transportation equipment, food processing, and telecommunications are major sectors/industries in Oklahoma. The state had a gross domestic product of $35,480 in 2010, while the per capita personal income was estimated at $36,421. As estimated in August 2011, the unemployment rate in the state was 5.6%. Agriculture is an important sector in the economy of Oklahoma. It is the fifth-largest producer of wheat in the United States. Mining is an essential part of the economy of Oklahoma. Natural gas and crude oil are abundant in the state.

When did Oklahoma achieve statehood?
Oklahoma is the forty-sixth US state. In June 1906, Congress passed an enabling act and on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was admitted in to the Union. Oklahoma City was made the state capital in 1910.

What are the famous places in Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is home to many beautiful and unique attractions. The Natural Falls State Park, Tom Steed Reservoir, and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Cherokee Heritage Center, Beavers Bend and Hochatown State Park are the major attractions.

What are the state symbols of Oklahoma?
  • State Animal: Buffalo was designated the official state animal of Oklahoma in 1972. The animal is considered a powerful spiritual symbol.

  • State Bird: The scissor-tailed flycatcher (Muscivora forficate) is the official state bird of Oklahoma. It was adopted as the state bird in 1951.

  • State Tree: The redbud (Cercis Canadensis) was designated the official state tree in 1937. It is a deciduous tree with reddish-pink blossoms.

  • State Flower: The Oklahoma rose was adopted as the official state flower of Oklahoma in 2004. It is also the national flower of the United States.

  • State Flag: Designed by Louise Fluke, the official state flag of Oklahoma was adopted in 1925. The flag has a blue field that represents devotion. On the field is a shield surmounted by an olive branch and a peace-pipe. The shield is representative of the defensive warfare, while the olive branch stands for love and peace.

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