If you are travelling in America’s central south west, then you will receive a warm welcome in the city of Claremore, Oklahoma – part of the Tulsa Metropolitan area – which is a vibrant community renowned for its quiet neighborhoods, close knit community and bustling business districts. This city has something to suit everyone whether you are travelling through on business or on vacation and offers something for the entire family. It covers a total area of 12.3 square miles (32 km2), of which, twelve square miles consists of land and only 0.2 square is covered by water.
Situated in the county seat of Rogers County with a rising population that was 18,581 at the 2010 census, the community has a racial mixture of predominantly white (75%) and Native American citizens (14%) while several smaller minority groups make up the rest of the population including 3% of Hispanic or Latino race, African Americans, Asian, and those of Pacific Island origins. The area has a diverse economy however main industries in the area today are farming (in particular wheat crops and cattle) as well as the burgeoning oilfield services industry. The latter includes Baker Hughes – an international company operating in over 90 countries – who provide the oil and gas industry with products and services for drilling, formation evaluation, completion, production and reservoir consulting. There are also several other similar companies operating from the Claremore Industrial Park, which has the advantage of lying just a few miles away from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa on the McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, along the Verdigris and Arkansas Rivers. Coal mining also forms a significant part of the economy with strip-style mines currently in operation on both the north and south sides of the town.
Claremore is situated within Green County, the nickname affectionately given to this north eastern part of Oklahoma. This is due to the region’s vast expanse of green vegetation, its considerable number of hills and many lakes in contrast to the flatter, dryer areas in central and west Oklahoma. Overall, the area enjoys a mild climate which begins with an early spring, followed by summer temperatures of over 81 degrees centigrade and then a warm fall with steady temperatures in the mid sixties before a fairly mild winter arrives with temperatures in the forties expected for the coldest months December and January. During these coldest periods the annual snowfall is around nine inches while the average rainfall for the year is around twenty five inches. However, when it comes to meteorological activity in the area, it is perhaps Tornado Alley’s notorious reputation during the U.S, tornado season that plays a dominating role. These are inclined to tends to move northward from late winter to mid-summer however there are two regions with a disproportionately higher incidence of tornadoes than any others. One is Florida, the other is Tornado Alley which refers to a region of land going north to south covering the northern region of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and a few more northern areas, where these frightening natural phenomenon’s can wreak havoc and devastation, typically around late spring time.