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   Road System
   Cost of Living
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   Major Employers
   Taxes
   Government
   Quality of Life
   Arts & Entertainment
   Climate
   Education
   Health Care
   Utilities
   Labor Force

 
 

TRANSPORTATION

 
Will Rogers World Airport

  Distance from Norman: 18 miles
  Major Airlines: American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest,
     Trans World and United.
  Major Freight Carrier Services: Airborne Express,
     Burlington Air Express, Emery Worldwide, FedEx, UPS

Max Westheimer Airport - Norman

  Runway Length: 5,200 foot north/south
4,750 foot northeast/southeast
 
  The airport has Medium Intensity Runway and Approach Lights with Visual Approach Slope Indicators serving all runways. The airport and its facilities are capable of serving executive jet aircraft. The control tower operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. AV Gas and Jet A are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. FBO is provided by Cruise Aviation Association Inc., which provide fuel, repair aircraft, flight school and charter service.

Railroad
  Norman is on the main line of the Santa Fe/Burlington Northern Railroad. It is also a stop on the AMTRAK Heartland Flyer between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas.

Public Transportation
  The Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART) Service provides public transportation in and around Norman and links the service to Oklahoma City.
  Greyhound and Jefferson Bus Lines provide service in Norman.
The nearest river port is 100 miles away.
 
 
 
ROAD SYSTEM

  Norman is located on I-35, and is intersected by U.S. Highway 77 and State Highway 9. Norman is just 17 miles south of I-40 and I-44.

Distance to Major Cities

  Dallas 196 miles   Kansas City 377 miles
  Chicago 813 miles   St. Louis 527 miles
  Houston 438 miles   New York 1,489 miles
  New Orleans 665 miles   Denver 634 miles
  Little Rock 328 miles   Albuquerque 555 miles
  Atlanta 851 miles   Los Angeles 1,364 miles






 
 

COST OF LIVING

  Median Home Value $ 68,704.00
  Median Rent $ 362.00
  Cost of Living Index 92.60%



 
 
 
NEWSPAPERS

   The Norman Transcript- published daily
   The Norman Oklahoman- supplement to the
      Daily Oklahoman 3 times per week
   The Oklahoma Daily (OU Student Publication)
      Published daily, except Sunday
 
 
 
MAJOR EMPLOYERS
The University of Oklahoma 7,800
Norman Public Schools 1,500
Norman Regional Hospital 1,500
York International 1,100
City of Norman 700
United Design Corporation 560
Griffin Memorial Hospital 550
US Postal Service National Center
    for Employee Development
500
Harold's Corporate Headquarters 400
National Oceanic & Atmospheric
    Administration (NOAA)
400
Oklahoma Veterans Center- Norman Div. 344
Hitachi Computer Products 250
Shaklee Corporation 250
  Yamanuchi Pharmaceutical  
Southwestern Bell 200
Saxon Publishers, Inc. 175
Hiland Dairy Foods Company 150
Moore Norman Technology Center 150
SYSCO Food Services 150
 
 
 
TAXES

  Property Tax (Ad valorem)
  City 4.83  per thousand of assessed value
  County 21.62  per thousand of assessed value
  Public School 60.25  per thousand of assessed value
  Total $ 86.70  per thousand of assessed value
      Valuation is 11% of Fair Market Value

  Sales Tax
  Oklahoma 4.5%
  Norman 3.0%
 
  Income Tax
  Personal Income Tax 7% maximum
  Corporate Tax Rate 6% maximum
 
 
 
GOVERNMENT
  Type of Government City Manager/Council
  Planning Commission Yes
  Zoning Regulations Yes
      Norman is proud to be an Oklahoma Certified City.
 
 
 
QUALITY OF LIFE

Parks & Recreation
  The Parks & Recreation department features a full schedule of programs. Norman's 53 parks cover 810 acres and include a championship golf course, municipal swimming pool complex with a water slide, hiking trails, Frisbee golf course, fishing, tennis courts, playgrounds, open and covered picnic areas and indoor recreation centers.
   The recreation programs include sports leagues and clinics, dance and exercise classes and a senior citizen's center. The Griffin Park Sports Complex encompasses 16 soccer fields, 12 baseball fields and four football fields with support facilities. Norman also features a full service YMCA with an indoor pool and indoor track.

Norman Public Library
  Area-wide library system with 323,888 items and 575 library programs.

Lake Thunderbird State Park
  A relaxing destination for any outdoor enthusiast is provided on this 4,621-acre lake with 86 miles of shoreline and a 1,834 acre park.
   Campers will feel right at home with picnic facilities, grills, showers, restrooms, swimming beaches, concessions, grocery store, tent and camping facilities, horse stables, R.V. hook-ups, gift shop and two full service marinas, Calypso Cove with 110 slips and Little River Marina with 225 slips which also provide boat and paddleboat rental.

Dining Out
  Norman has a wide variety of restaurants, which will appeal to anyone's taste. Cuisines represented in the over 175 restaurants and cafeterias include barbecue, Mexican, Oriental, Greek, Indian, Italian, Thai, seafood, health and natural foods.

Shopping
Sooner Fashion Mall
  A newly-remodeled indoor mall anchored by Dillard's, Sears, J.C. Penney, and Stein Mart.

Campus Corner
  A unique five-block area located just north of the University of Oklahoma, offering a variety of shops and eateries. A shopper's paradise.

   There are over 700 retail establishments in Norman.

Golf
  Norman boasts two 18-hole public golf courses: City of Norman Westwood Golf Course and Jimmie Austin University of Oklahoma Golf Course; and one 18-hole private course, The Trails.

Churches
  There are a total of 122 churches in Norman representing 37 different denominations.

Hotel/Motel
  There are 4 bed-and-breakfast inns and 14 hotels and motels ranging from national chains to locally-owned establishments offering a wide variety of accommodations to meet any need or budget.

Sporting Events
  The University of Oklahoma is home to the "Sooners." The Sooners consistently appear among the top-rated teams in the nation in football, baseball, wrestling, basketball, golf and gymnastics.
 
 
 
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art
  Home to one of the state's premier art collections and acclaimed as one of the finest university art museums in the country.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

  This new world-class facility under construction will provide an exciting place to discover Oklahoma's recent past and ancient history, including the largest collection of invertebrate paleontology in the world.
   Located on the University of Oklahoma campus, the museum's collections include Native American artifacts, fossils of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, wildlife dioramas of birds and mammals of North America, artifacts from the Spiro Mounds archaeological site and Greek and Roman artifacts.

Jacobson House Native American Cultural Center

  Exciting educational events highlighting diverse aspects of Native American culture have become a hallmark of this organization.

Rupel J. Jones Theater
  A 600-seat theater featuring productions by the University of Oklahoma School of Drama, School of Dance, Musical Theater Program and OU Summerstage Lab Theater.

Firehouse Art Center
  Norman's old Fire Station No. 2 was transformed into the Firehouse Art Center in 1971. Today it houses a community arts center offering classes, exhibitions and special events.

Sooner Theater
  The c.1929 Spanish Gothic style theater, a "talking picture house"/vaudeville theater hosts local performances and touring productions. Seating capacity is 642.

Cleveland County Historical Museum

  The museum is one of Cleveland County's cultural and architectural showplaces. Located in one of the historic areas of Norman, the Queen Anne-style home has been restored and furnished to reflect the lifestyle of urban Cleveland County in the Territorial Period (1889-1907).

Lloyd Noble Center
  Some of the hottest stars in country, rock, jazz and comedy circuits appear in Norman at the Lloyd Noble Center, which also serves as home to college basketball's OU Sooners. Seating capacity is 11,100.

The Norman Depot
  A reminder of the origin of many Oklahoma towns, the Santa Fe Railroad Company set out the grounds for the station two years before the great Land Run of 1889. The restored depot serves as a center for community events.
 
 
 
CLIMATE
  Average Annual Temperature 70.1 degrees
  Seasonal Averages  
    Winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) 40.0 degrees
    Spring (Mar., Apr., May) 60.5 degrees
    Summer (June, July, Aug.) 80.9 degrees
    Fall (Sept., Oct., Nov.) 62.2 degrees
  Average Annual Rainfall 33.36 inches
  Average Annual Snowfall 9.1 inches
  Average Relative Humidity 65%
  Prevailing Wind Direction South
 
 
 
EDUCATION
Norman Public Schools
  Norman Public Schools compose the only school district in Oklahoma to receive a "Gold Star" rating, which they received for the second consecutive year in 1997. Gold Star districts are those that score well above the national average in academics and community educational attainment.

    No. Students Teachers Ratio
     Elementary 15 5,716 405 14 to 1
  Middle School 4 3,019 217 14 to 1
  High School 2 3,700 226 16 to 1
 
  Average ACT scores:
  Norman 21.9
    State 20.5
  National 20.9

  85 42% of the population have achieved a high school
           diploma or higher.
  30.14% of the population holds a bachelor's degree or higher.
           The national average is 24.4%.

Moore Norman Technology Center
  Norman is home to one of Oklahoma's premier technical training centers, The Moore Norman Technology Center (MNTC).
   MNTC offers courses in 31 training programs, an active and progressive Business Training and Development Department that includes programs such as Small Business Management, Management Development, Quality Management Systems (ISO 9000/QS 9000), Environmental Technology Center, Customized Industry Training and Computer Training, as well as a variety of short-term courses that can stimulate ones creative interests.

City College
  Norman is also home to City College, which offers complete career programs in Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Legal Office Administration, Child Care Management, Accounting Paraprofessional, Medical Office Administration, Medical Coding Specialists and Executive Office Administration.
   City College is licensed by the Oklahoma State Board of Private Vocational Schools and accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. Several programs prepare students for national certification in their fields.

University of Oklahoma
  Norman is home to The University of Oklahoma, known as a major, national research university that serves the educational, cultural and economic needs of the state, region and nation.
   Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the university has 18 colleges offering 134 bachelor's degrees, 82 master's degrees, 51 doctoral degrees, four graduate certificates, and one professional degree
   OU enrolls more than 25,000 students and has more Merit Scholars per capita than any public university in America.

  Academic Colleges and Programs
     o Architecture
     o Arts and Sciences
     o Business Administration
     o Continuing Education
     o Education
     o Engineering
     o Fine Arts
     o Geosciences
     o Graduate College
     o Honors College
     o International Programs Center
     o Law
     o Liberal Studies
     o Reserve Officers Training Corps
     o University College

  Health Sciences
     o Allied Health
     o Dentistry
     o Graduate College
     o Medicine
     o Nursing
     o Pharmacy
     o Public Health
     o Continuing Education

Other Higher Education Institutions in the Area

  Four Year Institutions:
     The University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)
     Oklahoma State University at OKC (Oklahoma City)
     University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha)
     St. Gregory's University (Shawnee)
     Langston University (Langston)
     Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond)
     Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee)
     Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City)
     Southern Nazarene University (Bethany)
     East Central University (Ada)

  Two Year Institutions:
     Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma City)
     Rose State College (Midwest City)
     Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College (Moore)
 
 

 

HEALTHCARE
Norman Regional Hospital
  As the leading health care organization in south central Oklahoma, Norman Regional Hospital serves the health care needs, promotes wellness and improves the status of health within its regional community through an integrated system of broad-based, high-quality, cost-effective services and by promoting community partnerships.
  Norman Regional Hospital is a 271-bed general acute care facility with 193 medical doctors representing a broad range of medical and surgical specialties in more than 27 areas.
  Norman Regional Hospital's network of care also includes additional outpatient facilities located throughout our service area. These facilities allow more convenient access to prevention and wellness programs, fitness, home health, physical therapy, occupational health and minor emergency care.
   Other facilities, including Norman Regional Family Medicine Centers, provide health care services to smaller, surrounding communities.

J. D. McCarty Center for Handicapped Children
  A rehabilitation hospital where Oklahoma's children with development disabilities learn to move, act, play, think and communicate better. . . and where parents find relief from overwhelming responsibilities. Both inpatient and outpatient care are available.

Oklahoma Veteran's Center, Norman Division
  A new state-of-the-art 301-bed long term nursing care center, the Oklahoma Veteran's Center's services include doctors and social workers on every unit and physical therapy.

Senior Care
  Norman features a vast array of services available for our senior adults, which includes nursing homes, senior assisted living centers with Alzheimer Units and Independent Living Centers.
 
 
UTILITIES
Electricity
  Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company
  Oklahoma Electric Cooperative
Gas
  Oklahoma Natural Gas

Telecommunications
  Southwestern Bell Telephone Company
  Digital Services Available YES
  Fiber Optics Available YES
  Point of Presence YES

Water
  Supplier:  City of Norman
  Source of Water:  Lake Thunderbird/wells
  Water System Capacity 21,000,000 GPD
  Storage Capacity 14,700,000 GPD
    
Sewer
  Sewer Treatment Authority:  City of Norman
  Source of Water:  Lake Thunderbird/wells
  Excess Sewage Capacity 2,000,000 GPD
  Daily Consumption  
            Maximum 16,000,000 GPD
            Minimum 4,500,000 GPD

Sanitation and Sewage Treatment
  Norman has a rotating biological contactor system of treatment.
  The city's sewage treatment system is currently operating
      at approximately 80% of capacity.
 
 
LABOR FORCE
  Number of workers unemployed wanting to work 6,229
  Number of workers underemployed 12,717


Skills from underemployed
  Construction Trades 433
  Other Trades 2,249
  Computer Skills 1,557
  Clerical 692
  Sales 519
  Manufacturing 692
  Professional 1,903
  Management/Accounting 1,730
    33% of the Norman Labor Force commute
        outside of Norman for their jobs.

Wages
  HR Manager $ 14.29
  Accountant 12.77
  Electrical Engineer 15.50
  Electrical Technician 10.20
  Programmer 11.47
  Account Clerk 6.93
  Secretary 7.47
  Forklift Operator 7.66
  Purchasing Agent 11.26
  Technical Writer 13.31
  Receptionist 6.60

Work Force Size  (City of Norman Only)
  Administration-Management 5,475
  Professional & Specialists 9,017
  Technical Support 1,920
  Sales 4,988
  Administrative - Clerical 6,013
  Service - Private Home Health 186
  Protective Services 662
  Services - Other 4,909
  Farm and Forestry 402
  Precision Crafts 3,254
  Operators and Assemblers 1,397
  Transportation and Moving 1,194
  Hand Labor 1,044
 
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