Oklahoma City


2010: 579,999, #31 in U.S., #1 in Oklahoma

1950: 243,504, #45 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,252,987, #44 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 325,352, #58 in U.S.


Oklahoma City, on the North Canadian River, was founded on April 22, 1889, when the land (formerly in Indian Territory) was opened for settlement during the Oklahoma Land Run. The Myriad Botanical Gardens were renovated in 2010 and reopened in 2011.


Tallest building: Devon Energy Center, 850 feet (2012)

List of tallest buildings

The domed State Capitol (1917), northeast of downtown, is 255 feet tall.


Oklahoma City has no downtown department stores. Bricktown is a restored warehouse area with shops, restaurants, entertainment, and water taxis on a mile-long, man-made canal.


Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer goes between Oklahoma City’s Art Deco Santa Fe Depot (1922) and Fort Worth. The old Union Station (1931) is used for offices.

The 5-mile Oklahoma City Streetcar opened downtown in 2018.

Downtown Oklahoma City


The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum are downtown. The Oklahoma History Center is north of downtown.


Harkins Theatres Bricktown has 16 screens. The Civic Center Music Hall (1937, renovated 1966) hosts the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, touring Broadway shows, and the Painted Sky Opera. The Carpenter Square Theatre is also downtown.


The Oklahoma City Dodgers, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, play at Bricktown Ballpark (1998). The NBA Oklahoma City Thunder play at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (2002).

Map of Downtown Oklahoma City


Convention and Visitors Bureau