You probably think of a friendly, agriculture town in the middle of the country when you envision Oklahoma City. Yet, there is so much more to the OKC. We have compiled this preview of the wildlife, people, and climate in Oklahoma City, so you will know what to expect.
More than 630,000 people call Oklahoma City home. According to the 2010 United States census, almost 63 percent of Oklahoma City’s residents are white, fifteen percent identify as African-American, four percent are Asian, and more than one out of six residents of Oklahoma City are Hispanic. In addition, women are nearly 51% of the inhabitants of the city, and one out of nine denizens are aged 65 years or older.
Oklahoma City is an attractive place to settle for people from this country and beyond because of the low cost of living and the revitalizing economy. About one out of every eight residents of Oklahoma City were born in a different country. Almost one-fifth of the population speaks a language other than English at home. A map of the city’s ethnic communities shows that African-Americans tend to settle in the Northeast part of town, Hispanics in the Southwest downtown area, and whites are on the outskirts.
Oklahoma City has a humid subtropical climate with frequent variations in seasonal and daily weather. However, the summer months are consistently humid and hot with average highs of about 93 degrees in July and August, and humidity at over 60 percent. The average lows in the winter are around freezing, and snow is relatively light averaging less than eight inches per year.
From March through June, Oklahoma City has a very active severe weather season. It is in the center of what is known as Tornado Alley. Consequently, the city is prone to severe and frequent tornadoes along with severe hail storms and occasional derechos. Since 1890, 150 tornadoes have struck within Oklahoma City’s borders. Thirteen of these were either F4 or F5 tornados.
The City of Oklahoma City has an Office of Emergency Management that has dedicated a number of resources to helping residents prepare for disaster. Their slogan is “Be Informed, Make A Plan, Build A Kit.” This includes learning how to shelter in place, listening for sirens and signing up for voice or text alerts, and having a good supply of food and water on hand.
The local wildlife seems to persevere despite the extreme weather conditions. Oklahoma City is surrounded by prairie grasslands composed of mixed-grass, tallgrass, and shortgrass prairie. Residents have been known to catch sight of bobcats, white-tailed deer, elk, and coyotes. There are also many types of birds, including red-tailed hawks, cardinals, quail, pheasants, bald eagles, and doves.
There are seven different types of venomous snakes in Oklahoma City: copperheads, Western cottonmouths, and five types of rattlesnakes. For the most part, they stay out of the city and will not bother you as long as you do not bother them.
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