Norman was established in 1989 and has become the third largest city in Oklahoma. Located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City , Norman is recognized as one of the most progressive cities in the state, boasts one of the top school districts, and is home to the renowned University of Oklahoma .
The University of Oklahoma displays some of the best Cherokee Gothic Architecture such as Evans Hall and Bizzell Memorial Library. The University is home to one of Norman's most prized possessions, the National Weather Center. The National Weather Center along with the National Severe Storms Libratory, also located in Norman, are known nation wide as one of the best prediction and forecast centers for weather.
Norman is also home to two world class museums. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (both part of the University of Oklahoma) house some of the most important artifacts in the realm of art and natural history.
In 2006, Norman began construction on the University North Park retail center. University North Park will feature several retail clients, Legacy Park, and a brand new conference center adjacent to the new Embassy Suites.