One of the largest draws for those relocating to Norman is its close proximity to Oklahoma City. With a population nearing 580,000, the state capital of Oklahoma City is the largest metropolitan region in Oklahoma and is the eighth largest city by land area in the country, and the twenty-seventh most populous city in the United States. It's is a vast and vibrant city with a flourishing economy the state is centered on, first rate entertainment and much more.
The downtown corridor has an underground concourse that connects businesses, pedestrian paths and shopping opportunities. This allows efficient access to all of downtown where a renovation has taken place over the last decade, yielding a wealth of new eateries, theaters, beautiful parks, museums and shops that line the clean streets. A nearby entertainment district called Bricktown is home to additional fine dining and an assortment of recreational facilities.
The Oklahoma City Arena showcases the NBA Thunder basketball team, which is very exciting to watch. The Oklahoma City Redhawks Triple-A baseball team entertains in the AT&T Bricktown Ball Park. Of special interest is The Oklahoma City National Memorial that honors families impacted by the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The Cox Convention Center offers a diverse venue which includes family-friendly events, world-famous musicians and actors.
Oklahoma City is home to many corporate and regional headquarters including Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Sonic, SBC, The Hertz Corporation, BancFirst, OG+E Energy, Bank of Oklahoma, Midfirst Bank, Hobby Lobby, Dobson Communications, Express Personnel Services, Oklahoma Publishing Company, Globe Life and Accident Insurance, AOL, Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. and Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce. Its extremely varied landscape, cultural diversity and rich history are among the reasons Oklahoma City natives take great pride in their city.