One of the most geographically diverse states, Oklahoma has much to offer homebuyers. Ranch houses and traditional 3- and 4- bedroom homes are common and newer construction tends to have open layouts. Those seeking a house with a bit of pizzazz may enjoy one of the state's art deco or Victorian style homes.
Those seeking an afternoon of entertainment have much to choose from. Oklahoma has a flourishing arts community and arts enthusiasts may attend ballets, theatrical productions and jazz concerts. Fine art and artifacts from the American West may be viewed as well at museums. History lovers can learn about Oklahoma's natural history at the University of Oklahoma's history museum, and also have access to Egyptian art and history through the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art. Those looking to learn about Native American culture may attend cultural festivals or museums featuring the history of individual tribes. Additionally, Oklahoma hosts major and minor league sports teams, as well as several collegiate teams, for anyone wishing to attend a sporting event. Oklahoma contains 11 ecological regions, allowing outdoorsmen great diversity. Sites such as Chickasaw National Recreation Area welcome fishers, swimmers and boaters, while Alabaster Caverns State Park is made for spelunkers.
Oklahoma has long had a heavy Native American presence, with the ancestors of many modern tribes living in the area thousands of years ago. In the 1800s, many Native Americans east of the Mississippi River were transported to Oklahoma, leading to the large Native population the state has today. Cattle ranches and land drives brought more settlers to the region. Today, Oklahoma is a business-friendly state, home to Fortune 500 companies and prominent in industries such as energy, aviation and electronics. Oklahoma City has seen rapid growth and has been rated one of the best locations for business by Forbes. Many citizens are employed in the health care and energy industries or at the nearby Air Force base.