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MedPro’s Featured Destination: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

International Explorer Kris Noel in downtown Oklahoma City

Located in the central part of the state, Oklahoma City is the largest city and the state capital of Oklahoma. Known for agriculture, the natural gas industry, and Native American heritage, OKC is considered a young city characterized by an open and enterprising culture.

Residents enjoy big-city amenities with small-city costs. The cost of living is 15.6 percent below the national average despite a strong economy and plenty of perks, comforts, and activities such as the Oklahoma State Fair.

 

Economy

The top industries in Oklahoma City are aviation/aerospace, biotechnology, and energy. Healthcare also plays a significant role in the metropolitan area. OKC employs more than 60,000 healthcare sector workers. The city has 20 general medical and surgical hospitals, four specialized hospitals, and two federal medical installations in total, providing more than 5,000 beds for patients. The top employers include the State of Oklahoma, Tinker Air force Base, and Integris Health.

 

Local Medical Facilities

U.S. News & World Report named INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City the state’s “Best Regional Hospital.” INTEGRIS ranked “High Performing” in procedures. Mercy Hospital, McBride Orthopedic Hospital, INTEGRIS Southwest, Health Edmond and Community Hospital at Council Crossing, and Community Hospital-Oklahoma City all ranked “High Performing” in at least one procedure.

 

Quality of Life
  • Cost of Living:  15.6 percent below the national rate
  • Population:  687,725 based on the 2020 Census
  • Median Home Price: $168,900
  • Median Gross Rent: $933
  • Median Household Income: $59,679
  • Per Capita Income: $33,162
  • Live below the poverty line: 14.9 percent
  • Median Age: 34.4 years
  • Average commute time: 21.4 minutes

 

Education:

Overall grade: C- (Niche.com)

Student-Teacher ratio: 14-1

Serving: 34,000 students in Pre-K, K through high school

Oklahoma City University, Mid-America Christian University, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center all offer 4-year degrees, while Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma State University Oklahoma City offer 2-year degrees.

 

Transportation:

Embark public bus service, winner of the 2016 Achievement Award for North America’s Outstanding Public Transit System, cover most of the OKC metro area and runs seven days a week. The Oklahoma City Streetcar carries riders through the popular Downtown, Bricktown, Automobile Alley, and Midtown areas. Seven cars run on two loops for six days a week.

 

Top Attractions:

Bricktown Water Taxi Take a guided narrated tour through the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.  Tickets can be purchased for regularly scheduled cruises as well as specialty and private tours.

International Explorer Gemmima Paguio visits the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Oklahoma City Museum of Art Stroll through 110,000 square feet of internationally renowned works, including Kehinde Wiley’s “Jacob de Graeff” and one of the largest Chihuly glass collections in the world. OKCMOA is one of the leading art institutions in the region and welcomes more than 125,000 visitors annually.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum Using interactive displays and impactful exhibits, the museum carries visitors through the events of April 19, 1995, when 168 lives were lost to an act of terrorism−the Oklahoma City bombing. Learn the stories of those who perished and survived among the museum’s more than 1 million documents, artifacts, and photographs.

Shopping Oklahoma City has several great districts for shopping. Visit one-of-a-kind shops on Western Avenue, specialty shops on Automobile Alley, and salons, boutiques, and gift stores in Midtown. Bricktown is home to several popular restaurants and gift shops, and you can shop for shoes, jewelry, and art in the Paseo Arts District.

OKC Thunder Basketball October through April, the hottest ticket in town is a seat at an Oklahoma City Thunder game. The NBA’s Thunder regularly plays in front of sellout crowds at Paycom Center.

First Americans Museum Experience the histories of 39 distinctive First American Nations in Oklahoma through interactive media, film, and original artworks in the 18,000-square-foot gallery space. Walk-in tours are included with admission, and reservations are not required. Find locally made goods in the Plaza district and plenty of cowboy gear in Stockyards City.

Bricktown Water Taxi Take a guided narrated tour through the heart of downtown Oklahoma City’s Bricktown entertainment district.  Tickets can be purchased for regularly scheduled cruises as well as specialty and private tours.

Scissortail Park This 70-acre outdoor recreation space with gardens, groves, a children’s playground, and a lake area with pedal boats, kayaks, and paddle board rentals is steps from the center of downtown.

 

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