NBA Finals: Comparing the cities of Oklahoma City and Miami

Oklahoma City and Miami were born only seven years apart. And now their teams, the Thunder and the Heat, are competing in the NBA Finals. But that about exhausts the similarities between the two cities.
Compiled by Phillip O'Connor, Berry Tramel, Mike Sherman and John Rohde Published: June 10, 2012
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Oklahoma City and Miami were born only seven years apart, in the late 19th century. And now their basketball teams are competing in the NBA Finals.


But that about exhausts the similarities between the two cities. The Oklahoman staff studied the culture and makeup of the NBA's two finals cities and came up with the following comparison:

Category

Miami

Oklahoma City 

Founded

1896

1889

Population

399,457

579,999

Metro population

5.67 million

1.28 million

Mayor's previous occupation

Fire chief (Carlos A. Gimenez)

sportscaster (Mick Cornett)

Water travel

Cruise ships

Ski boats

Latin America enclave

Little Havana

Capitol Hill

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