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US State
NicknameSooner State
MottoLabor omnia vincit (Latin)
Official languagesEnglish
DemonymOklahoman; Okie (colloq.)
CapitalOklahoma City
Largest citycapital
Area Ranked20th
Total69898 sq mi 181195 km2
Width230 mi 370 km
Length298 mi 480 km
% water1.8
Pop. Rank28th
Total3,751,351 (2010 Census Estimate)
Density54.6 /sq mi 21.1 /km2
Highest pointBlack Mesa
4973 ft 1515 m
Mean1296 ft 395 m
Lowest pointLittle River
289 ft 88 m
Other information
Admission to UnionNovember 16, 1907 (46th)
GovernorMary Fallin (R)
Lieutenant GovernorTodd Lamb (R)
LegislatureOklahoma Legislature
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsJim Inhofe (R)
Thomas A. Coburn (R)
U.S. House delegation4 Republicans, 1 Democrat
- all of the state (legally) - Central: UTC-6/-5
- Kenton (informally) - Mountain: UTC-7/-6
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

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Oklahoma c-enaudio=en-us-Oklahoma.oggˌoʊkləˈhoʊmə is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. With an estimated 3,751,351 residents as of the 2010 census and a land area of 68,667 square miles (177,847 km2), Oklahoma is the 28th most populous and 20th-largest state. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people", and is known informally by its nickname, The Sooner State. Formed by the combination of Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was the 46th state to enter the union. Its residents are known as Oklahomans or, informally, "Okies" or "Sooners", and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

A major producer of natural gas, oil and agriculture, Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology. It has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, ranking among the top states in per capita income growth and gross domestic product growth. Oklahoma City and Tulsa serve as Oklahoma's primary economic anchors, with nearly 60 percent of Oklahomans living in their metropolitan statistical areas.

With small mountain ranges, prairie, and eastern forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains and the U.S. Interior Highlands-a region especially prone to severe weather. In addition to having a prevalence of German, Irish, English, Scottish and Native American ancestry, more than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma, the most of any state. It is located on a confluence of three major American cultural regions and historically served as a route for cattle drives, a destination for southern settlers, and a government-sanctioned territory for Native Americans. Part of the Bible Belt, widespread belief in evangelical Christianity makes it one of the most politically conservative states, though Oklahoma has more voters registered with the Democratic Party than with any other party.

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