Best Neighborhoods in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, founded in 1889, is the capital of Oklahoma. According to the US Census, Oklahoma city has a population of just under 600,000; ranking 31st in the United States based on populous. Oklahoma City is the 8th largest city based on land mass. There are two Fortune 500 companies in Oklahoma City; namely, Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy Corporation. Sonic Drive In Restaurants is headquartered in Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma City is home to the annual World Cup of Softball.

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Temperature

Average High - 81.2, Average Low - 36.7

Sports

Basketball - Thunder

Women's Football Association - City Lightning

Football - Wranglers (AFL)

Crime Rate

The crime rate in Oklahoma City rivals that of other major metropolitan cities of similar size.

Top Neighborhoods

Bricktown is a neighborhood that is considered the entertainment district. Located just east of downtown, one of Bricktown's most popular attractions is the AT &T Bricktown Ballpark. Bricktown was home to Oklahoma City's first black newspaper, the Black Dispatch. Because of Bricktown's proximity to the canals, water taxis are used to take residents and visitors throughout the neighborhood, including many nightclubs, shops and restaurants. There are a number of warehouses that have been converted to loft and condo space. Bricktown has a thriving nightlife, and because of its proximity to downtown, draws a lot of singles and young professionals to the area.

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Deep Deuce is a neighborhood north of Bricktown, and is considered the spark that ignited a great deal of urban renovation and redevelopment in the surrounding area in the late 1990's. Oklahoma Baptist University calls Deep Deuce home. An interesting fact about Deep Deuce is that the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was rejected for a pastoral position at the Calvary Baptist Church. The housing stock in Deep Deuce continues to grow with new 5 story brownstones being developed and many more condos, lofts and apartments. The revitalization of Deep Deuce has brought trendy shops, eclectic restaurants, bars and cafes to the area.

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Automobile Alley, as its name suggests, was home to many of the car dealerships in the Oklahoma City area. Automobile Alley is a neighborhood on the cusp of urban revitalization. Many of the old storefronts and warehouses are being converted into lofts, offices, and galleries. There are plans for major apartment complex development as well as town homes and multi-unit buildings. The revitalization effort has already begun, and scores of young urban professionals are locating and relocating to the Automobile Alley neighborhood. There are presently specialty stores, eateries, and bars in the area for the residents of Automobile Alley to take advantage of.

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Heritage Hills & Mesta Park is neighborhoods that represent the middle to upper income areas in the greater Oklahoma City area. Many businessman and professional revitalized the estate homes in the area and the neighborhoods have continued to grow and improve since that time. There are various retail areas that caters to the needs of both neighborhoods providing both urban and more traditional restaurants, shops and bars. Good public and private schools are available in the neighborhood that families can choose from. Heritage Hills and Mesta Park continue to thrive and bring a refreshed landscape to Oklahoma City.

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Bethany is a neighborhood in Oklahoma City. The entire area of Bethany is a little more than 5 miles. The housing stock in Bethany is mixed and ranges from low to moderately priced. There are approximately 8,000 households in Bethany with over 5,000 families. Bethany is serviced by the Bethany School district and there are public and private school options available. Public transportation is readily accessible to the community's residents. Bethany is considered by most of its residents to be a great place to live and raise a family.

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The Paseo Arts District is located north of downtown and was established in 1929, as a Spanish village. The neighborhood still maintains that Spanish flavor with stucco buildings and tiled roofs. The Paseo Arts District is home to Oklahoma City's Artist Community. This eclectic and artsy neighborhood is culturally diverse and draws visitors from all over Oklahoma City. The Paseo Arts District has a number of converted warehouses and storefronts that have been turned into art galleries and lofts. There are a number of ethnic and upscale restaurants, shops and bars in the area for the residents of the arts district to enjoy.

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