Elmore City, Oklahoma

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Elmore City, Oklahoma
Town
Location of Elmore City, Oklahoma
Location of Elmore City, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 34°37′24″N 97°23′45″W / 34.62333°N 97.39583°W / 34.62333; -97.39583Coordinates: 34°37′24″N 97°23′45″W / 34.62333°N 97.39583°W / 34.62333; -97.39583
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Garvin
Area
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 974 ft (297 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 697
 • Density 1,394/sq mi (580.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 73433, 73476
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-23600[2]
GNIS feature ID 1092598[3]

Elmore City is a town in Garvin County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 697 at the 2010 census.[1] It was named after J. O. Elmore.

There are two main highways running through Elmore City. One of the Highways is Oklahoma State Highway 29, running west-east. The other is Oklahoma State Highway 74, running north-south. It is about 12 miles west of Wynnewood, 25.5 miles south of Purcell, and about 23 miles west of U.S. Highway 177.

History[edit]

The first business in Elmore City was opened by Jasper N. Black in an area just northeast of what is now Elmore City. Black was an enterprising man who knew that the settlers needed a place to buy supplies without having to travel to the east to what would become Pauls Valley. Historians state that after Black opened his supply store in 1890 on Rock Creek, the number of settlers quickly grew and a community was formed called Banner. Banner quickly spread to the southwest and a post office was established and the name changed to Elmore for J. O. Elmore, another prominent business man. According to the Gideon Book of Historical Places, the word city was added to Elmore after the name was confused with Elmer. The city was incorporated as a community in 1898 with Black serving as the first mayor. He served two terms. Elmore City was rapidly developed and was rated as the best inland town in the county, so much that it was considered along with Wynnewood and Pauls Valley for the county seat, but was forced to drop out of the race as the other two began to develop.

Footloose[edit]

The plot of the 1984 movie, Footloose, is loosely based on events in Elmore City since dancing was banned for almost 100 years in this city. This ban was lifted in 1980. That year, the graduating class made history by getting permission to dance at the prom.[4] Various citizens were featured on an anniversary edition of the Footloose DVD, recounting the events that led to the change in city code that allowed students at Elmore City High School to hold their first prom.

Geography[edit]

Elmore City is located at 34°37′24″N 97°23′45″W / 34.62333°N 97.39583°W / 34.62333; -97.39583 (34.623424, -97.395707).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 697 people residing in the town.[1] The population density was 1,394 people per square mile (580.8/km²). There were 337 housing units at an average density of 674 per square mile (280.8/km²).[1] The racial makeup of the town was 91.40% White, 4.50% Native American, 0.53% Asian, and 3.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.

There were 328 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,810, and the median income for a family was $25,000. Males had a median income of $22,083 versus $17,159 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,486. About 13.8% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.4% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.

There is one school system, Elmore City-Pernell public schools, which consists of Elmore City-Pernell Elementary and Elmore City-Pernell High School. Their school mascot is Bogey the Badger. The school colors are purple and white. There is also one cemetery, Elmore City Cemetery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20076503,00.html
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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