Oklahoma City And Metro Area
A visit to this sparkling urban jewel today leaves most newcomers with the same impression it did just 115 years ago when it was settled – the real feeling this is a city of unending opportunity and energy.
Today’s energy is fueled by a downtown revitalization program that is considered by many to be the nation’s most aggressive and comprehensive program ever undertaken. It is also fueled by a community who understands there is no problem so big that hard work and collaboration can’t solve.
A look back in time shows how two events, the Land Run of 1889 and a program nicknamed “MAPS” by local residents, are this community’s most significant catalysts.
Oklahoma City’s birth is undeniably unique. The region was part of the Unassigned Lands of Indian Territory and on April 22, 1989, was opened by Congress for settlement by a land run. Thousands of men and women came to the area with opportunity in their sights and by nightfall, a city of more than 10,000 was born.
The men and women that came here had an open slate and worked together to build a city from scratch. Just more than a century later, that pioneer town has grown in a regional “citistate” of more than 1.25 million and is now the world’s 34th largest economy.
The spirit of the settlers that tamed the Wild West has instilled in this community an appreciation for hard work, helping your neighbor and for working together to see the city grow and prosper.
BEYOND THE URBAN CORE
The 10-country region that makes up this area is a melting pot of diversity with equally diverse physical surroundings that range from pastoral serenity to leafy college campuses to lakeside communities, grand historic neighborhoods and energetic urban life.
Situated next to Oklahoma City are several large suburban cities with growing populations and attractive environments. Edmond, on the city’s north side is home to the University of Central Oklahoma. On the east, Midwest City abuts the massive Tinker Air Force Base and on the west, Yukon, El Reno and Mustang are a growing trio of communities.