Oklahoma Overview

Oklahoma Overview

According to directoryaah, the state of Oklahoma borders on Texas, so that some similarities with the neighboring state can be found, the Texan influence can be felt in Oklahoma. Especially the capital Oklahoma City, but also some other of the larger cities in Oklahoma have some attractions to offer and are well worth a visit. Most of Oklahoma’s regions are wide, flat areas that rarely get hilly.

The hot summers and mostly mild winters mean that Oklahoma can do things outdoors and enjoy the fresh air almost all year round. Because agriculture is an important part of the regional economy, Oklahoma has numerous farms, with the cultivation of grain and cattle farming dominating. You can also experience typical life on a farm or even live on a farm.
Oklahoma is definitely worth seeing for nature-loving people who vacation in the USA.

Oklahoma – key data

Land area: 181,195 sq km (20th place of all US states)

Share of water surface: 1.8%

Population: 3.62 million people (2008 estimate, ranked 28th of all states in the USA)

Population density: 20 people per square kilometer (36th place of all states in the USA)

Member of the USA since: November 16, 1907 (as the 46th state in the USA)

Capital: Oklahoma City (547,274 residents, 2006, metropolitan area 1.26 million residents)

Largest city: Oklahoma City

Highest point: 1,515 m, Black Mesa

Lowest point: 88 m, Little River

Governor: C. Brad Henry (Democrat)

Lieut. Governor: Jari Askins (Democrat)

Local time: CET -7 h. From the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November: CET -6 h.
The time difference to Central Europe is -7 h in both winter and summer.

Postal abbreviation: OK

Oklahoma Geography and Map

The state of Oklahoma is located in the middle or central south of the USA. The capital is Oklahoma City. The total area of ​​the national territory, of which about 16 percent is forested, amounts to 181,195 square kilometers. Oklahoma is in 20th place in a size comparison with the other US states. The highest point in Oklahoma is the 1,516 meter high Black Mesa. The lowest point is 88 meters above sea level on the Little River. Overall, the Oklahoma area averages about 395 meters above sea level.
Oklahoma’s northern neighbor is Kansas. To the northwest is Colorado. In the far west, Oklahoma borders New Mexicoand to the south on Texas. The neighboring states to the east are Arkansas and Missouri.

The river valley of the approximately 2,333 kilometers long Arkansas River runs in northern Oklahoma. The region along the Arkansas Valley has very fertile soils and is used intensively for agriculture. Much of Oklahoma’s landscape, however, is determined by the mountain ranges, prairie landscapes and forests of the Great Plains in western Oklahoma and the Interior Highlands in its center and east. The great plains
, a dry area about 500 kilometers wide east of the Rocky Mountains, extends from the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta to southern Texas. The Great Plains are bounded to the north by the Canadian Shield and to the south by the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico. The Great Plain covers an area of ​​approximately two million square kilometers. On the Rocky Mountains, the plain is about 1,600 meters above sea level and drops to about 600 meters to the east. In addition to Oklahoma, they extend over nine other US states: New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana,North Dakota and South Dakota. Around half of the United States’ wheat is produced in the Great Plains. Hence the region is often referred to as America’s bread basket.
The mountainous highland region of the Interior Highlands is divided into the Ozark Plateau and the Ouachita Mountains to the south. The Ozark Plateau, often called the Ozark Mountains, is a highland region in the center of the United States of America. It stretches across Arkansas, the southern half of Missouri, northeast Oklahoma, and the extreme southeast of Kansas. Although also known as a mountain range, the area is a high plateau cut through by deep furrows with an area of ​​nearly 122,000 square kilometers. The Ozark Plateau is the largest mountain region between the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States and the Rocky Mountains in the west.
The Ouachita Mountains, on the other hand, reach southeast Oklahoma into the heart of Arkansas.
Other important mountain ranges in Oklahoma are the Wichita Mountains in the southwest and the Arbuckle Mountains in south-central Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Landmarks

Oklahoma has thousands of oil and natural gas wells. But tourists are not forgotten either. The American state offers its visitors a variety of sights and attractions.

So you shouldn’t miss the Antioch Bapist Church in Oklahoma City. It was built in 1920. A
visit to the Boston Ave Methodist Church in Tulsa is also interesting. The Ave Methodist Church is an old Methodist church that was built in the shape of a cathedral.

Also worth a visit is the National Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Center. It was erected to commemorate the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.
The bomb attack was one of the worst in US history.

The Cherokee Heritage Center in Muskogee is a Cherokee National Museum. The American Indian Village Exhibit is also worth seeing. This is an attached Chickasaw village that is used as an open-air museum.

Like all other American states, Oklahoma has a state capitol.
Nature lovers also get their money’s worth. So you shouldn’t miss the Martin Nature Park. But the Little River National Refuge and Little Sahara State Park are also worth a visit.

Oklahoma Overview

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