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Did You Know?

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

OKC is full of surprises and we’ve got a few to share with you. Here are five things you might not have known about our great city.

  1. OKC may lie smack dab in the middle of the U.S. – about as far from a coast as you can get – but did you know that the state of Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state? And the amount of shoreline miles in Oklahoma is more than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined. It’s no wonder we’re such water recreation enthusiasts here in OKC.
  2. OKC is growing in popularity. Since 2000, Oklahoma City’s population has increased by 23 percent – outpacing cities such as Denver, Phoenix, Boston and Dallas. Even better? OKC has seen a total employment growth of 10 percent since 2004.
  3. At 621 square miles, Oklahoma City is the nation’s third largest city land-wise. However, we boast one of the shortest commute times at just 20 minutes.
  4. The Underground in downtown Oklahoma City is a three-quarter mile tunnel system that links 16 blocks and more than 30 buildings. The original tunnel link was built in 1931 with most of the remaining system developed in the 1970s.
  5. Oklahoma City is nearly equidistant from Los Angeles and New York City – and both are less than a 24-hour drive if a road trip strikes your fancy.

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