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Oklahoma Business Resources

Oklahoma boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the United States. Much of this success can be attributed to mining, technology, and manufacturing, though many other sectors are also experiencing substantial growth. Machinery and transportation equipment are the top exports, with Canada, Mexico and Japan constituting the largest export markets. The Sooner State has historically held a strong agricultural sector, and is currently a leading producer of wheat. Other top agricultural outputs include cattle, hogs, and hay. The state also used to possess a substantial energy industry, which was hard-hit by lower oil prices and depression in the mid-eighties. While the industry as a whole never fully recovered, Oklahoma is now ranked second in the nation in production of natural gas.

Business Data

Per Capita Real GDP$29,545 Rank: 46/50 (2006)
Population3,450,650 Rank: 27/50 (2000)
Per Capita Personal Income$32,210 Rank: 37/50 (2006)
Unemployment Rate3.60% Rank: 13/50 (2008)
Business Tax Climate IndexRank: 19/50 (2008)
Corporate Tax Rate6%
Individual Tax Rate 0.5% - 5.5%
Sales Tax Rate 4.5%

Business Tax Climate Index

Individual Income Tax Index Rank22
Sales Tax Index Rank31
Unemployment Insurance Tax Index Rank1
Property Tax Index Rank24
Business Tax Climate Index19
Corporate Tax Index Rank13

State Information

CapitalOklahoma City
Nick NameSooner State
State Web Site
MottoLabor conquers all things

Top 5 Export Partner Countries

Canada, Mexico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore

Top 5 Export Merchandise

Fabricated Metals Sales Machinery Sales Primary Metals Manufacturing Machinery Manufacturing Electrical Equipment Manufacturing

Major Cities

Norman, Oklahoma, Tulsa


Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Millions) $139,323.00 (2007)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$29,470.00 Rank: 46 (2007)

Population Stats

Population 3,642,361 Rank: 28 (2008)

Age Distribution

Under 18 Population892,360
Under 18 Percent of Total Population26%
65 and older Population455,950
65 and older Percent of Total Population13%

Gender Distribution

Male Population49.1%
Female Population50.9%
Non-English Speaker (at home)188,035
Net International Immigration36,546
Birth Rate14.6%
Percent of People Under Poverty Level16.5%


Per Capita State Spending$20,888
Energy Expenditures per Person$4,537
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems$1,421,671


Personal Income$31,703
State Internal Revenue Collection$29,324,569
Cash and Deposits by State Government$175,286
Per Capita State Tax Collection$2,198


High School Graduation Rate74.7%
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree15%
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree7.3%

Largest Universities

Oklahoma State University University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus Central Oklahoma University
High School Graduation Rate74.7%


Public Road Length (Mile)113,085
Gas Tax Rate (%)17%
Highway Planning and Construction (USD Thousands)503,858
Number of Public Airports170

Main Airports

TUL: Tulsa OKC: Oklahoma City


Tulsa, Port of Catoosa



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State Business Links

News Oklahoma

Secretary of State

Small Business Administration

Oklahoma Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Top 10 Business Links

Oklahoma Department of Commerce
The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is committed to the economic development of Oklahoma. The website contains a wealth of resources for business looking to expand further or for those interested in starting a business in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance has a statewide network of manufacturing professionals working to provide advice and assistance to Oklahoma manufacturers. The website provides detailed information about the alliance as well as news, case studies, and links to other resources.
Oklahoma Small Business Development Center
The mission of the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center is to do everything in its power to help Oklahoma businesses be more successful. Its online services include sections for free counseling, new businesses, existing businesses, workshops, loans and grants, and more.
The Journal Record
The Journal Record is the online version of the Oklahoma business newspaper. The reporters focus on the trends of Oklahoma City and Tulsa businesses.
The State Chamber
The State Chamber is Oklahoma’s Association of Business and Industry. It is a lobbying organization representing businesses of all sizes and industries. The Chamber also provides advocacy services and programs for member businesses.