In the late 1800’s, it started with 500 people, four churches and 29 businesses. A year later the University of Oklahoma was established and the city of Norman was officially on the map. Now Norman is the county seat of Cleveland County, OK, and home to the National Weather Center, the nation’s premiere center for study of severe weather.
The economy of Norman depends almost entirely on education, employing over 10,000 people at the three University of Oklahoma campuses. This prestigious institution is the largest in the state, with over 30,000 students and a 3,000 acre campus. The University is a national leader in scientific and technological research, meteorological study and energy-related disciplines, which reflects the oil-rich land of the area. Thirteen colleges are part of the University’s system, including 7 medical and health-related schools.
Students and non-students alike should easily find Moore/Norman apartments east of the university that are reasonably priced and in close proximity to retail areas.