Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
Metropolitan statistical areas are geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for use by Federal statistical agencies in collecting, tabulating, and publishing Federal statistics. An MSA contains a core urban area of 50,000 or more population, consists of one or more counties and includes the counties containing the core urban area, as well as any adjacent counties that have a high degree of social and economic integration (as measured by commuting to work) with the urban core.
Among U.S. metros of 1 million population or greater, Oklahoma City has the lowest business costs, according to KPMG's 2010 "Competitive Alternatives" analysis of 26 separate cost drivers for business in 112 cities in 10 countries. Contributing to Oklahoma City's league-leading index were our low costs for labor, industrial / office leasing and electricity. Combine that with powerful incentives and free training programs, and one can see how locating in OKC can really benefit the bottom line.