The capital of Oklahoma and the largest city in the state, Oklahoma City is simply called "The City" by its 528,042 Oklahoma residents and neighbors. Ranked the 29th-largest city in the country by the U.S. Census Bureau, Oklahoma City joins Tulsa in having the lowest costs of living in the nation. The City is ranked 168 out of 280 metropolitan statistical areas by the 2000 Census for median household income.
While still a major livestock market, Oklahoma City has diversified its industries in energy, technology, and medicine. Energy giants include Kerr McGee, Devon Energy, and Chesapeake Energy, and the city hosts an Oklahoma high of more than 400 technology companies. Major employers include:
- Dobson Communications
- COX Communications
- OGE Energy
Rising from the ashes of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building, Oklahoma City has recently completed a 20,000-seat, $87million Ford Entertainment Center and renovated its convention center with $63 million in improvements.
More promise is in the offing in Oklahoma. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, "The City" recorded an average personal income of $30,449, ranking it at 92% of the national average. Oklahoma City's income growth rate of 7.8% is rising 4% faster than the national average.
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