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Oklahoma City at a Glance
Oklahoma City is the largest city in the State of Oklahoma, with more than 1.2 million residents. It was settled by a historic land run involving 10,000 homesteaders on April 22, 1889. Beginning in 1993, Oklahoma City began a transformation that has spanned more than 20 years. Under Oklahoma City's Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) initiatives, the city has been revitalized (particularly in the downtown core) with new public projects and about $5 billion in public and private investment.
Oklahoma City is known for its low cost of doing business and strong incentives. It has a particularly strong presence in aerospace, which includes Tinker Air Force Base - the largest group of civilian Air Force personnel in the U.S. - the Federal Aviation Administration's Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center and Will Rogers World Airport. Oklahoma City is also strong in biotechnology, with The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park; energy, with Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Continental Energy and others calling Oklahoma City home; and logistics, due to its central location. For more information on Oklahoma City's economic environment, please visit our partner site, www.greateroklahomacity.com.
Oklahoma City's tourism industry is also growing, with leisure and hospitality employment growth topping all other sectors. The annual economic impact of tourism in Oklahoma County alone exceeds $2 billion. Oklahoma City's western heritage, enthusiasm for all things sports and centrally-located Bricktown Entertainment District make Oklahoma City a top visitors' destination. The Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, a division of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, assists tourists, conventions and other related group business with their needs. More information on Oklahoma City's tourism industry can be found at www.visitokc.com.
Many people are learning that Oklahoma City isn't just a great place to visit, it's a great place to live. Our relocation site, www.abetterlifeokc.com, helps people get started in their relocation to the metro. This is also a great resource to learn about Oklahoma City's housing, schools and things to do.
It's an exciting time to live, work and play in Oklahoma City.