Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States.[11] It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the 50 United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people."[12] It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State," in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on the choicest pieces of land before the official opening date and the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which opened the door for white settlement in America's Indian Territory. The name was settled upon statehood. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged and Indian was dropped from the name. On November 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state to enter the union. Its residents are known as Oklahomans," or informally "Okies", and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Jennifer Springer

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Aerospace & Defense, Agriculture & Biosciences, Energy, Information & Financial Services, Manufacturing, Transportation & Distribution

Incentives Available

Quality Jobs, Small Employer Quality Jobs, 21st Century Quality Jobs, Investment/New Jobs Tax Credit, Economic Development Pooled Financing, Aerospace Industry Engineer Workforce Tax Credit, American Indian Lands Tax Incentive

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Businesses looking to relocate to the United States benefit from Oklahoma’s central location, pro-business environment, available sites and prepared workforce. Oklahoma is ideally positioned to serve not just U.S, but NAFTA and world markets as well. Major sources of foreign investment in Oklahoma include France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Japan and Mexico.




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Census Data

Population estimates, July 1, 2016, (V2016)3,923,561
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2016)3,751,615
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2016, (V2016)4.60
Population, Census, April 1, 20103,751,351
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent, April 1, 20107.00
Persons under 18 years, percent, April 1, 201024.80
Persons 65 years and over, percent, April 1, 201013.50
Female persons, percent, April 1, 201050.50
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent, April 1, 201072.20
Black or African American alone, percent, April 1, 20107.40
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, April 1, 20108.60
Asian alone, percent, April 1, 20101.70
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, April 1, 20100.10
Two or More Races, percent, April 1, 20105.90
Hispanic or Latino, percent, April 1, 2010 (b)8.90
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, April 1, 201068.70
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2011-2015295,847
Foreign born persons, percent, 2011-20155.80
Housing units, April 1, 20101,664,378
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2011-201566.10
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015117,900
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2011-20151,147
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2011-2015370
Median gross rent, 2011-2015727
Families and Living Arrangements
Households, 2011-20151,455,321
Persons per household, 2011-2015257.00
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2011-201582.60
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2011-20159.80
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-201586.90
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-201524.10
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2011-201511.30
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent16.20
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-201561.10
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-201555.70
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)7,121,153
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000) (c)22,795,438
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000) (c)74,295,394
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)71,892,946
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)50,256,231
Total retail sales per capita, 2012 (c)13,174
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2011-201521
Income and Poverty
Median household income (in 2015 dollars), 2011-201546,879
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2015 dollars), 2011-201525,032
Persons in poverty, percent16.10
All firms, 2012327,229
Men-owned firms, 2012174,395
Women-owned firms, 2012105,168
Minority-owned firms, 201264,875
Nonminority-owned firms, 201264,875
Veteran-owned firms, 201236,273
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012273,491
Population per square mile, 201055
Land area in square miles, 201068,595