Moore Community Profile
A Taste of Our History | Economic Indicators | Location and Climate
Housing | Medical Services | Transportation | Recreation and Leisure | City Parks
Inside Moore and Moore Business Spotlight | Dining | City Government
Taxes | Education
Located in the heart of Oklahoma, Moore is just south of our state’s capitol city, along the Interstate 35 corridor. With the development of the interstate highway system, Moore grew from a small town of 1,700 in 1960 to a vibrant, growing metropolitan community of over 51,000 citizens. Aside from easy access to the Oklahoma City greater metropolitan area, Moore has grown because of its outstanding public school system and quality, affordable housing.
Moore is 20 minutes or less from Will Rogers World Airport, Tinker Air Force Base, the University of Oklahoma, downtown Oklahoma City, the Federal Aviation Agency, thousands of businesses, industries, public and private schools, as well as first-rate recreational and cultural facilities. However, the best thing about Moore is the small-town feel of quiet neighborhoods, peaceful parks, and friendly Oklahoma people. A new resident recently stated, “It just feels like home.” We feel confident you will like Moore. We will do all we can to help you make a happy and successful relocation to the Moore community.
A Taste of Our History
Moore was founded during the land-run of 1889. The early settlers came on train, horseback, wagon, and some on foot. According to local historians, the town’s original name was Verbeck, as designated by the railroad company. However, a railroad employee named Al Moore, reported to be either a conductor or a brakeman, lived in a boxcar at the camp and had difficulty receiving his mail.
He painted his name – Moore – on a board and nailed it on the boxcar. When a postmaster was appointed, he continued to call the settlement Moore. When the town incorporated in 1893, the name was legalized.
The original town site comprised a small area bounded by the present NE 3rd Street on the north, and SE 4th Street on the south. The eastern limit was situated about one-and-a-half blocks east of the railroad, and the western edge about two-and-a-half blocks west of the railroad. The little town slumbered comfortably for 70 years before exploding in a frenzy of expansion and development that attracted national attention.
In 1961, approximately 21.6 square miles of additional territory was annexed, and in 1962 Moore became a city. The decade of the 1960’s saw Moore’s population soar.
The 1970 census showed an increase of more than 950 percent – for a total of 18,761. The 1980 census recorded 35,063 residents – an 86 percent growth rate. Moore continued to grow during the 1980s, with the 1990 Census indicating a 15 percent increase to 40,318. The 2000 Census listed Moore’s population as 41,138. Since the 2000 Census, our population has grown to over 51,000, an increase of over 24 percent in just eight years.
On May 3, 1999 Moore experienced the most violent tornado ever recorded. While devastating and terrible in its immediate affect, the community came together as never before. Thousands of citizens and businesses donated goods and volunteered their time. Immediately after the tornado the process of rebuilding began. The damaged homes and businesses affected by the tornado have been rebuilt or replaced. Today, Moore is a new and stronger city. With the help of dedicated citizens and businesses, Moore turned a devastating natural disaster into our finest hour!
Moore’s economy has grown steadily over the past several years as indicated by increased sales tax revenue and assessed valuation. The population is expected to exceed 52,000 by the end of 2008. New homes are being built in many new or expanded subdivisions throughout the city. Commercial construction continues as well, with the major portion being near or along Interstate 35.
Location and Climate
Moore is located in central Oklahoma, immediately south of Oklahoma City, the state capitol. Situated in northern Cleveland County, Moore is the second-largest city in the county, and the ninth-largest city in the state.
Moore enjoys a moderate climate with mild winters and occasional snow. The annual mean temperature is 61.4 degrees F, average annual precipitation is 35.4 inches, and the average relative humidity is 65 percent.
Newcomers to Moore find looking for a home a pleasant task. Regardless of size, design or price preferences, there is a home for you in Moore. Moore offers quality single-family housing in all styles and price ranges. For the most part, housing is relatively new and inexpensive in comparison to other parts of the country. Moore’s well-planned neighborhoods provide quiet suburban living in relaxed, pleasant surroundings. Well-maintained existing homes are found on tree-lined streets in the older parts of town.Newer homes are available in the many housing additions that have been developed over the past few years. Moore homebuilders continue to build new single-family residences and new developments to meet the demand for quality, affordable housing.
A full complement of physicians, surgeons, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, and health agencies serve Moore citizens. Moore has two nursing homes and one assisted living center. A branch of the Cleveland County Health Department is located in Moore. Numerous hospitals and other health care facilities are located in the metropolitan area. Construction of a new hospital, Moore Medical Center (MMC), was completed in 2005. Moore Medical Center was purchased by Norman Regional Hospital in early 2007, making MMC a viable hospital in our community for years to come.
Travel in Moore and the surrounding area is made efficient by a network of easily accessible expressways and major thoroughfares. Interstate 35 runs north/south through Moore, and east/west Interstate 240 is just three miles north. Interstate 40, which runs coast-to-coast, is eight miles north of Moore.
Will Rogers World Airport is located approximately 20 minutes from Moore. Major carriers include American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, Southwest and United.
Recreation and Leisure
Moore offers a wide variety of options for all ages. The city’s Parks & Recreation Department maintains more than 225 acres of parks, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, community center, and a senior citizens center. Several parks feature walking trails and playground equipment. KidsPlay Moore, an 11,000-square-foot playground, was designed by children and built by 4,000 volunteers.
Organized sports programs in Moore provide residents opportunities to become involved as participants, coaches, sponsors – or just spectators. Adult programs include softball, basketball and volleyball leagues, and aerobic and martial arts classes. Moore’s youth may choose to play soccer, baseball, basketball, football, softball or wrestling.
Moore has three 18-hole golf courses. Broadmoore Golf Course offers golf equipment and supplies, rental carts, golf lessons, and is open to the public. Moore Golf & Athletic Club, a private course, offers four sets of tee boxes, a driving range, and putting and chipping greens. Belmar Golf Club and the surrounding neighborhood were recently annexed into Moore. Belmar is a private course with a driving range, putting green, newly built locker rooms, and a new swim complex. Lakeside Golf Course is a nine-hole course with a driving range and putting green. In addition, there are numerous other courses within a short driving distance.
Excellent fishing is found at Lake Stanley Draper, three miles east, and Lake Thunderbird, 12 miles southeast of Moore. Draper, Thunderbird and the many other lakes throughout Oklahoma offer swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, scuba diving and sailing.
In addition to those listed, there are numerous smaller, neighborhood parks in subdivisions throughout the community. To reserve any of the city’s facilities, call (405) 793-5090.
Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12th Street, offers 80 acres with baseball/softball complexes, lighted tennis and basketball courts, football fields, two large playground areas, 0.41-mile walking trail, 4,800-square-foot skate park, picnic areas, pavilion with picnic tables (electricity is available at the pavilion), and restrooms in the ball complex, as well as portable restrooms. A new pavilion was built at the north end of the park. Electricity is available at the north pavilion.
Fairmoore Park, 630 NW 5th, has 18 acres with softball diamonds, tennis courts, community swimming pool, 11,000-square-foot KidsPlay playground, two pavilions with picnic tables, and portable restrooms. Electricity is available at the KidsPlay pavilion.
Veterans Memorial Park, 1900 SE 4th, has 17 acres with a 0.32-mile walking trail, pavilion with picnic tables, playground equipment and restrooms. No electricity is available. Veterans Memorial Park was recently renovated and upgraded. A community-built playground has been added, along with many other new amenities. More parking is available as well. A new veterans’ memorial was built in the park. It is a fitting tribute to the men and women who have served and currently serve our country.
Tom Strouhal Little River Park has 52 acres with a one-mile walking trail, picnic areas, playground equipment, and portable restrooms. No electricity is available. The walking trail entrance is at 700 SW 4th, and the playground entrance is at 1200 South Janeway. Two new ponds were added in 2006, giving the park a new look and creating a scenic view for those strolling through the park.
Greenbriar Park, 1331 NW 6th, has two acres, a pavilion with picnic tables, playground equipment, a tennis court and basketball goal. No electricity is available.
Apple Valley Park, 4401 Melrose Drive, has a recently completed splash pad, as well as a large playground.
Community Center Park, 301 South Howard, has a picnic area and a community center.
Kiwanis Park, 501 East Main Street, has two acres with a 0.19-mile walking trail, pavilion with picnic tables, two playground areas, gazebo, and portable restrooms. Electricity is available at the pavilion.
Cottonwood Park, 1000 block of SW 3rd Street, has one acre with a playground and basketball goal. No electricity is available.
Westmoore Trails Park, SW 21st and Lonnie Lane, has eight acres with a 0.36-mile walking trail, small pavilion with picnic table, and playground equipment. No electricity is available.