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Oklahoma

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Location of Oklahoma State


Capital: Oklahoma City

Population: 3,814,820 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow, Lawton, Edmond

Borders: Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $160,953 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Agriculture including grains, cattle, dairy products, and cotton
Natural gas, oil, petroleum products, machinery, aircraft parts, electronic equipment, and food products

How Oklahoma got its name: The name Oklahoma comes from two words in the Choctaw Indian language: okla, which means people, and humma, which means red.

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Oklahoma State Symbols

State Nickname: Sooner State

State Slogan: Native America; also on its license plate

State Motto: Labor omnia vincit (Labor conquers all things)

State flower: Oklahoma Rose

State bird: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

State fish: White bass

State tree: Redbud

State mammal: Bison, Common Raccoon

State foods: Barbecued Pork, Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy, Grits, Fried Okra, Pecan Pie

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Saturday, November 16, 1907

Number admitted: 46

Prior Name: Oklahoma Territory & Indian Territory

Postal Abbreviation: OK

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The Geography of Oklahoma

Total Size: 68,667 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Little River at 289 feet, located in the county/subdivision of McCurtain (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Black Mesa at 4,973 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Cimarron (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Oklahoma County approx. 8 miles north of Oklahoma City (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 77 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Lake Texoma, Eufaula Lake, Grand Lake of the Cherokees, Red River, Arkansas River, Canadian River

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