Oklahoma City, often shortened to OKC, is the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The Oklahoma City metropolitan area has a population of 1,459,758 residents, making it Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan area.
Lying in the Great Plains region, Oklahoma City has one of the world’s largest livestock markets. Oil and natural gas, petroleum products and related industries are the largest sector of the local economy. The city is in the middle of an active oil field and oil derricks dot the capitol grounds. The federal government employs large numbers of workers at Tinker Air Force Base and the United States Department of Transportation’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center.
The city has been home to the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2008-09 season, where several notable players have played, including Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony. The team plays its home games Downtown, at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Oklahoma City is on the I-35 Corridor, which is one of the primary travel corridors south into neighboring Texas and Mexico and north towards Wichita and Kansas City. Located in the state’s Frontier Country region, the city’s northeast section lies in an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers. The city was founded during the Land Run of 1889, and grew to a population of over 10,000 within hours of its founding. The city was the scene of the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in which 168 people died. It was the deadliest terror attack in the history of the United States until the attacks of September 11, 2001, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
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