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A major producer of natural gas, oil, and agricultural products, Oklahoma relies on an economic base of aviation, energy, telecommunications, and biotechnology. In 2007, it had one of the fastest-growing economies in the United States, ranking among the top states in per capita income growth and gross domestic product growth Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa serve as Oklahoma’s primary economic anchors, with nearly two-thirds of Oklahomans living within their metropolitan statistical areas.

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Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States. 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.” 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.

With small mountain ranges, prairie, mesas, and eastern forests, most of Oklahoma lies in the Great Plains, Cross Timbers, and the U.S. Interior Highlands, a region prone mainly to severe weather. In addition to having a prevalence of English, German, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, and Native American ancestry, more than 25 Native American languages are spoken in Oklahoma, third only to Alaska and California.

Oklahoma is 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. The main Sioux tribe that originally inhabited the state were the Ponca.

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Oklahoma is home to 7 Interstate highways, 26 mainline U.S. Highways, and hundereds of state highways. The longest highway in the state is state highway 3 at 615 miles. SH-3 runs east-west from the Colorado state line just north of Boise City in the west and heads east before ending at the Arkansas state line near Foreman, AR. The second longest highway in Oklahoma is U.S. Highway 64 at 591.24 miles. US-64 also runs east-west, beginning in the west at the New Mexico state line southwest of Felt, and ending at the Arkansas state line east of Moffett. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation maintains 31,000 lane-miles of road within its state lines. Of these 31,000 miles maintained by ODOT, 12,000 lane-miles are Interstate highways. The longest Interstate highway in the state is Interstate 40 at 331 miles. I-40 begins at the Texas state line west of Erick, and continues east throughout the state until it enters Arkansas just west of Fort Smith, AR. The longest north-south highway in Oklahoma is U.S. Highway 77, running 267.21 miles connecting Texas ot Kansas. Interstate 35 is the longest north-south Interstate highway at 235.96 miles long. I-35 begins at the Texas state line at Red River to the Kansas state line near Braman. The state also has 5 primary turnpikes: Creek Turnpike, Will Rogers Turnpike, H.E. Bailey Turnpike, Muskogee Turnpike, and Turner Turnpike, which exist to make transportation around the state’s largets cities easier.