State Abbreviation OK
State Capital Oklahoma City
State Size Total (Land + Water): 69,898 sq miles; Land Only: 68,667 sq miles
Number of Counties 77
Time Zone Central Time Zone
Bordering States Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas
Highest Point Black Mesa, 4,975 feet
National Parks None
State Population (2015) 3,911,338
State Population Density 57.0 people / square mile
Area Codes 405, 580, 918
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Oklahoma City (579,999)
Broken Arrow (98,850)
State Animal American bison
State Bird Scissor-tailed flycatcher
State Colors Green and white
State Fish White or sand bass
State Flower Mistletoe
State Grass Indian grass
State Insect Honeybee
State Motto Labor omnia vincit (Labor conquers all things)
State Musical Instrument Fiddle
State Nickname Sooner State
State Reptile Mountain boomer (collared lizard)
State Rock Rose rock
State Song "Oklahoma!"
State Tree Redbud
State Wildflower Indian blanket
•The name "Oklahoma" comes from two Choctaw Indian words: "okla" meaning people, and "humma" meaning red, so the state's name literally means "red people."
•The Land Rush of 1889 permitted settlers to claim the Unassigned Lands in present-day Oklahoma. Some settlers tried to beat the system by entering the area before the official start at noon on April 22, 1889. These settlers were called the Sooners, and that's where Oklahoma got its nickname.
•Cimarron County is the only county in the U.S. that touches four states: Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Kansas.
•Oklahoma has more than 200 man-made lakes. That's more than any other state in the United States.
•The world's largest concrete totem pole is in Foyil, Oklahoma. It is 90 feet tall and 30 feet around at its widest point.
•Oklahoma is the main producer of iodine in the United States.
•Shopping cart was invented in Oklahoma. Sylvan Goldman, owner of the Humpty Dumpty supermarket chain in Oklahoma City, introduced the "folding basket carriers" on June 4, 1937.
•The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on July 16, 1935.
•Oklahoma is one of only two states whose capital city's name includes the state name. The other is Indianapolis, Indiana.
•The first official tornado forecast and the first successful tornado forecast in recorded history happened at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1948.
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