50 Interesting Facts About Oklahoma

Last updated on February 7th, 2023

44. Oklahomans love tasty food, and you can enjoy their excellent food too. Besides, you can enjoy the delicious meals at various food joints. You can be sure to enjoy their steak at a steakhouse or warming up the grill. While at it, taste their fountain drink, cold beer, and sonic cherry limeade and tater tots. Oklahomans love the food grown and raised on their land, and it is rich with a culinary heritage such as Indian tacos, barbecue, and chicken-fried steak.[31]

Flamingos at the Oklahoma city zoo.
Flamingos at the Oklahoma city zoo. Interesting facts about Oklahoma

45. Visitors will find the Oklahoma City Zoo at the heart of the city. It offers visitors a unique experience that displays the beauty of most of the magnificent animals in the world. Interestingly, the Oklahoma City Zoo was established in 1902 and is home to close to 12 attractions including carnivorous cats, two species of bears, and Asian elephants that offer learning opportunities and in-depth exploration to its visitors.[33]

46. The Oklahoma Aquarium is a must-see attraction site in the state. It is home to amazing aquatic life in immersive exhibits. Visitors who visit the Oklahoma Aquarium get to see 300-pound sea turtles, Caribbean fish, and reef sharks from an underwater observation location. It has the largest bull sharks. The Oklahoma Aquarium is a perfect place for adults and kids of all ages.[32]

47. The Marland Estate Mansion is situated in Ponca City, Oklahoma. It conserves the former home of E.W, Marland who was the founder of Marland Oil Company. The Marland Estate Mansion is open to the public, and it hosts several original room spaces as well as other small historical museums such as the Bryant Baker Gallery, Carl and Carolyn Renfro Gallery, Marland Oil Museum, and John Duncan Forsyth Room.[34]

48. The Oklahoma City, the capital of the state, is near the centre of the state.

49. Oklahoma City is the second-largest capital city in the United States by area.[35]

50. Did you know that the annual per capita income in Oklahoma is below the national average and so is the median household income? This is mainly due to the fact that the economy of the state is not as balanced as those of many other U.S. states. The state depended heavily on petroleum and agriculture in the past. However, in the recent past, to boost its economy, the state is doing its best to attract visitors by supporting tourism. Oil and gas have contributed the most to the state’s economy in the past.

Oklahoma State – Quick facts and information

State AbbreviationOK
State CapitalOklahoma City
Largest CityOklahoma City
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 69,898 sq miles; Land Only: 68,667 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2022 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodNovember 16, 1907
State rank by population28th
State rank by date of formation46th
State rank by area20th
Number of Counties77
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DemonymOklahoman; Okie (colloq.)
Bordering StatesArkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointBlack Mesa
4,975 ft (1516 m)
Lowest pointLittle River at Arkansas border
289 ft (88 m)
Mean elevation1,300 feet above sea level
Length 465 miles (750 km)
Width230 miles (450 km)
GovernorKevin Stitt (R)
Lieutenant GovernorMatt Pinnell (R)
Electoral Votes7
State MottoLabor omnia vincit (Labor conquers all things)
State NicknameSooner State
% Water1.8
Famous peopleDan Hampton (Pro Football player)
Bullet Rogan (Baseball player)
Marques Haynes (Basketball player)
Brad Pitt (Actor)
Garth Brooks (Singer)
State TreeRedbud
State amphibianBullfrog
State animalBison
State BirdScissor-tailed Flycatcher
State ButterflyBlack Swallowtail
State Furbearer Animal
State fishWhite bass
State fruitStrawberry
State FossilSaurophaganax Maximus
State FlowerOklahoma Rose
State flying mammalMexican free-tailed bat
State game birdWild turkey
State InsectHoney bee
State reptileCollared lizard
State vegetableWatermelon
State Wild flowerIndian blanket
Longitude94° 26' W to 103° W
Latitude33°37' N to 37° N
Time ZoneCentral Time Zone
Area Codes405, 580, 918
Table last updatedApril 27, 2023