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All About Oklahoma City - Home of Car Hops

Updated on August 7, 2015
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Ms. Inglish is an award-winning Employment & Training pro with regional records and tens of thousands placed into gainful employment.

A Route 66 Museum stands in Clinton, just west of Oklahoma City.
A Route 66 Museum stands in Clinton, just west of Oklahoma City. | Source

Route 66 runs along the northern part of the city, from I-44 on the east and crossing highways 44, 3a, 74/I-44, and the John Kilpatrick Turnpike. It stretches alongside parks and green spaces as well as ponds and lakes. The Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Oklahoma City lies just north of Route 66, Lake Overholser to the south.

Parks and Lakes Surround the City

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A markerStinchcomb Wildlife Refuge -
Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Yukon, OK 73099, USA
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B markerOverholser Lake -
Lake Overholser, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
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The North Canadian River enters the region from the northwest and cuts between North Oklahoma City and South Oklahoma City, which were once separate towns.

Home of Sonic Drive-Ins

The SONIC Drive-Ins World Headquarters is expanding operations to 1,000 new restaurants in 2015 - 2016. HQ is located at 300 Johnny Bench Drive; Oklahoma City, OK 73104. An annual Car Hops Contest is held and makes a popular attraction that is a lot of fun.

Keep your Eye On Sonic for New jobs

A markerSONIC HQ: 300 Johnny Bench Drive; Oklahoma City, OK 73104. -
300 Johnny Bench Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA
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Selected Downtown Oklahoma Attractions

On the map above, notice the several attractions around the SONIC company headquarters. You can see Bricktown, the Riverwalk and its adjacent park, sports parks, and green spaces. The retail establishments in this area also draw many visitors.

Economic Growth

Oklahoma City is the capital of the state, located in the eight-county center of Oklahoma and in Oklahoma County.

This city is also home to over half a million individual residents that produce a median income of $37,000+ annually. The average yearly income of Central Oklahomans is rising as the growth of new openings among higher-income jobs climbs.

New jobs include those in the Government and Healthcare sectors of business, particularly in Healthcare. The Cost of Living in Oklahoma City in the interior of America is lower than on either of the nation's coastlines.

Social Services and Education Services will continue to grow in jobs and importance to the economy and the people of an aging population. The median age of the Greater Oklahoma City Area is 36-38 in 2015.

Greater Oklahoma City Area - Eight Counties Large

Central Oklahoma
Central Oklahoma | Source

Native North Americans and Indian Reservations

"Indian" is the legal term used by the US Federal Government to reference Native North Americans recognized by that government, although some of the legally incorporated names for tribal groups here include "Native American Nation" instead of "Indian." Some indigenous people in America object to the latter term and some do not.

Oklahoma has been popularized in the public jargon as "Indian Country", because a number of different nations settled here during and after the Indian Removals initiated by President Andrew Jackson. Despite this tragic history, many native groups provide interesting exhibits, art showings, and facilities for residents and visitors to experience.

What we call "totem poles" have proliferated in Asian countries and Siberia for thousands of years along the Pacific Rim, in the Pacific Northwest, and in Washington State, Oregon, and parts of California. Other locales have purchased poles from modern carvers. Oklahoma City is southwest of the interesting Ed Galloway Totem Pole Park on Route 66 in Foyle OK. The pole there is concrete and strange, but entertaining.

Many Indigenous Peoples are headquartered in Oklahoma.
Many Indigenous Peoples are headquartered in Oklahoma. | Source

Native American Culture, Arts and Business

The Red Earth Museum is an fascinating attraction in Oklahoma City and is a recognized center for Native American Fine Arts, holding a juried arts and dance competition yearly. A Grand Parade is held yearly before the start of the Red Earth Festival in Downtown Oklahoma City. Over 1200 artists and dancers participate in the Yearly Grand Parade before entering arts, junior arts, dancing, running and other competitions.

Red Earth Fesitval 2007

New Green Spaces and Parks

Tragedy has struck Oklahoma City, but it has healed and grown since that time.

Recovering from the notorious Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, the city is now features the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial on the site of the tragedy, offering a garden and seating to visitors and local families.

The area around the bombing of the former Federal Building in Oklahoma City was reconstructed as a beautiful park commemorating the victims and their families. Altogether, that installation joins other cultural and historical venues, welcoming people, and good jobs to make Oklahoma City one of the 25 Best Large American Cities for Jobs and Business.

Oklahoma Bombing Memorial
Oklahoma Bombing Memorial | Source

Oklahoma City has been named The Most Recession-Proof City in America.

Reference Map, Downtown Area - About 8,000 Residents

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A markerMyriad Garden -
Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 West Reno Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA
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B markerOklahoma City Mayor Office -
Oklahoma City Mayor's Office, 200 North Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA
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C markerOklahoma City Bombing Memorial 620 N Harvey Ave, Oklahoma City, OK -
620 North Harvey Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, USA
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D markerBricktown -
Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
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Home of SONIC Drive-Ins and Car Hops.

The Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Gardens.
The Crystal Bridge at the Myriad Gardens. | Source

Projected Long-Term Growth Industries

Oklahoma City has been named The Most Recession-Proof City in America.

The particular Industries or Industry Clusters expanding the most quickly through the year 2020 and to offer the greatest numbers of jobs in Central Oklahoma include:

  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Educational and Health Services
  • Government - State, County, Local
  • Leisure and Tourism: Dining, Retail Sales, and especially Museums and Historical Sites
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities
  • Professional and Tech/Science & Business Services
  • Financial Products and Services

Largest Employers in the Greater Oklahoma City Area:

  • State of Oklahoma
  • Tinker Air Force Base
  • US Postal Service University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • US FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center
  • City of Oklahoma
  • INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center

Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs In Oklahoma City

According to a number of government and financial/economic databases, the Top 10 Jobs In Oklahoma City through the year 2014 appear on the following list. These occupations include an interesting variety and range of jobs in greaters numbers than offered in other large cities.

This variety and range of job titles makes the Greater Oklahoma City Area an attractive location to which to relocate for new or upgraded employment opportunities. This is one of the factors making Oklahoma City one of the best Top 25 Large Cities in America for employment and business success.

  1. Registered Nurses - includes Travel Nursing
  2. Medical Assistants and Other Health Providers
  3. General Management
  4. Social Assistance - Social Services Professionals, Personal Aides
  5. Retail Sales & Customer Service
  6. Teachers - Mainstream, elementary and secondary; College and Vocational
  7. Administrative and Support Staff
  8. Waste Management and Recycling
  9. Information Technology
  10. Construction and Manufacturing

Myriad Garden Downtown

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The Sky Bridge in Bricktown area of Oklahoma City.Crystal Bridge
The Sky Bridge in Bricktown area of Oklahoma City.
The Sky Bridge in Bricktown area of Oklahoma City. | Source
Crystal Bridge
Crystal Bridge | Source

Green Businesses and Jobs

Green Collar Jobs are increasing as waste management, recycling, and many other industries and businesses are going green. Oklahoma Green Business has pages of business and employment listings at Oklahoma Green Businesses on the web, a directory of hundreds of businesses that are eco-friendly, listed alphabetically. The Organic Consumers website also lists businesses that deal in organic and natural foods, including native and traditional plants.

Health Related Job Opportunities in Oklahoma City

Areas Hospitals and Specialty Clinics include the following long list of employers. Search their websites for employment listings and training programs on the health services.

Leisure & Tourism - Downtown District

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Historic statues
Historic statues
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Stockyards Along Old Route 66

The Stockyards, early 1900s.
The Stockyards, early 1900s.

Route 66 via Oklahoma City

Old Route 66 is no longer marked on most maps, but it once connected most of Middle America with the West Coast.

During Old West cattle drives, ranchers and cattle drovers moved the herds from the Oklahoma Stockyards all along the trail that would later become Route 66, to California markets.

Colleges and Unversities in Greater Oklahoma City

Faith-Based Schools

Universities and Colleges

Community Colleges

  • Platt College
  • Heritage College
  • Rose State College
  • Vatterott College
  • Wright Career College

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    • CharBrar profile image

      CharBrar 8 years ago from Chicago

      Great hub. Very informative

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hi Chef Jeff - Thanks for posting your experiences in and around Oklahoma City.

      Pictures of the Memorial make my blood run cold, but mesmerize me. It's beautiful, but so many people died. It's the empty chairs...

      I will checkout Eskimo Joe's online! Glad you were not whisked away in the wind!

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      I visited the site of the Oklahoma bombing with friends who live in Ponca City to the north of there. I was moved to tears.

      We also went to Eskimo Joes, which is not in Oklahoma City, but well worth the visit!

      I saw my first tornado while we were driving through Oklahoma.