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Oklahoma Education and State Information

As of 2010 Census figures, Oklahoma had one of the largest populations of U.S. residents identifying as American Indian or Alaska Native. Oklahoma has nearly 100 nonprofit colleges and universities, including the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa.

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Information About Oklahoma

Based on 2015 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Oklahoma has a population of just over 3.9 million people. An estimated nine percent of the population, as of 2014 estimates, claimed American Indian or Alaska Native heritage. From 2010-2014, the annual median household income for Oklahoma residents was $46,235, a good deal lower than the U.S. median of $53,482.

Tulsa and the state capital of Oklahoma City are good-sized cities and feature many cultural institutions, including the Tulsa Ballet, Oklahoma City Theatre Company and Philbrook Museum of Art. The State Fair of Oklahoma draws approximately 1 million people each year, and the state hosts several large national pow-wows.

Education in Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma's flagship campus in Norman is the state's largest postsecondary school, with a student population of approximately 27,300 as of Fall 2014, including nearly 21,000 undergraduates. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Oklahoma the nation's 52nd top public school, while the University of Tulsa, a private nonprofit school, ranked 86th among national universities.

Oklahoma also is home to several regionally ranked schools, including Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee (fourth-best regional college in the West), Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville (12th-best regional college in the West), St. Gregory's University in Shawnee (27th-best regional college in the West) and Oklahoma City University (23rd-best regional university in the West). Students seeking a 2-year school have more than two dozen options, including Tulsa Community College, Oklahoma City Community College and Rose State College in Midwest City.

Economy of Oklahoma

As of April 2015, government was the top employer in Oklahoma. Transportation, trade, and utilities were also major employers. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these industries employed about 307,000 people, as of March 2016. Education and health services employed about 234,000 people, while professional and business services employed about 181,500 employees.

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