Moore, Oklahoma is considered part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area and is located within Cleveland County. The city is the 7th largest city with approximately 55,000 residents.
The City of Moore has grown from a quiet community on the outskirts of Oklahoma City to one where people come for dining, shopping and entertainment. Only 20 minutes from downtown Oklahoma City, Moore is within an easy drive of Tinker Air Force Base and Will Rogers World Airport. The Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center is nearby. The University of Oklahoma lies towards the south of Moore.
The city of Moore has been hit by damaging tornadoes on a few occasions in the past 12 years, in 1999, 2003 and 2010. During the deadly 1999 Oklahoma tornado, an F5 tornado on the Fujita scale left a 60-km long trail of destruction. It was amongst the strongest tornadoes in recorded history. Thirty-six people within the Oklahoma City metropolitan area were killed during this terrible weather event.
The original name for Moore was "Verbeck." Settlers later began arriving during the land run of the year 1889, arriving on horseback, by foot, by train and by wagon. The township's name became Moore after Al Moore, who was either a conductor or a brakeman residing at the camp, painted his last name on a board and nailed it on his boxcar so that the postal delivery would surely find him. The settlement became legally known as Moore when the town incorporated during the year 1893.
An important factor within the city's growth has been its close proximity to thousands of industries, businesses, and public and private schools. There are a lot of cultural and recreational facilities within the metro region. Moore has lots of residents who work at government offices in Oklahoma's capital city to the north. Moore, an Oklahoma "Certified City", is considered desirable place to live.