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Cities in the Spotlight: Oklahoma City

The weather in Oklahoma City can get hot in the summer, but also gets very cool-to-cold in the wintertime.

The weather in Oklahoma City can get hot in the summer, but also gets very cool-to-cold in the wintertime.

The Great Plains Region may be a good place to relocate your family, especially if you enjoy cities without a significant amount of urban sprawl around it. One of these destinations to bring your moving containers to is Oklahoma City. There are numerous options that can keep residents busy in the city.

The Big Friendly, as its commonly known, has a population of nearly 592,000 people, which makes it the largest city in the state. The area is served by the METRO Transit system from the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority. This service offers bus, rail and ferry options for those who want to get around the city.

The weather in Oklahoma City can get hot in the summer, but also gets very cool-to-cold in the wintertime. The average summer high temperature is 94 degrees, while the average winter low is 29 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.

Regarding educational institutions there, options are aplenty if you plan to get a degree or would like to have the option open to you. Oklahoma City University is one major school in the city. In addition, eager learners will find satellite branches for the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University there as well.

Many other universities exist in Oklahoma, with some of the major options not too far away from Oklahoma City. For instance, the University of Central Oklahoma is located just outside of the city. Oklahoma State University, meanwhile, is located in Stillwater, which is slightly more than one hour away. And the University of Oklahoma is only 30 minutes south of Oklahoma City, in Norman.

Many sports options for Oklahomans
The city has plenty of sports options residents can take advantage of during a weekend or a night out. While Oklahoma State, Tulsa, and Oklahoma offer Division I sports options, the University of Central Oklahoma offers Division II options. Oklahoma City has one team that is a member of one of the four major league sports, as the National Basketball Association's Thunder play at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oklahoma City has multiple minor league teams, as well. The American Hockey League's Barons play at the Cox Convention Center, while the Pacific Coast League's RedHawks gives the area a baseball team.