Hobart, Oklahoma

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Hobart, Oklahoma
City
Main Street of Hobart, 2004
Main Street of Hobart, 2004
Motto: "Hobart is not just a town, It's a community."
Location of Hobart, Oklahoma
Location of Hobart, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°1′35″N 99°5′27″W / 35.02639°N 99.09083°W / 35.02639; -99.09083Coordinates: 35°1′35″N 99°5′27″W / 35.02639°N 99.09083°W / 35.02639; -99.09083
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Kiowa
Area
 • Total 3.257662 sq mi (8.437307 km2)
 • Land 3.257662 sq mi (8.437307 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,552 ft (473 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,756
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73651
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-35000 [1]
GNIS feature ID 1093806 [2]
Website hobartok.com

Hobart is a city and the county seat of Kiowa County, Oklahoma, United States.[3] It was named for Garret Hobart, the twenty-fourth Vice President of the United States. The population was 3,756 at the 2010 census, a decline of 6.0 percent from 3,997 at the 2000 census.[4] It is served by Hobart Regional Airport. It also has 2 museums: the General Tommy Franks Museum and the Kiowa County Museum.

History[edit]

The present town of Hobart began almost overnight on August 6, 1901, when lots on the former Kiowa-Apache-Comanche Reservation in southern Oklahoma Territory were put up for sale. It quickly became the residence of 2,350 people, mostly living in tents. Initially, the town was nicknamed Ragtown. Wooden structures replaced tents as fast as possible. By 1903, Hobart had electric lights, an ice plant, and some large wholesale businesses. It also had a wooden courthouse. It developed into a town whose economy was based on the production of cotton. At statehood in November 1907, Hobart had a population of 3,136.[5]

Hobart's population declined to 2,936 in 1920, but resumed growing for several years afterward. In 1930, the population was 4,982. In 1950, it reached a peak of 5,380. Thereafter, the town population went into a long-term decline that has continued to the present.[5] In the 1950 water supply in the area was improved with a series of reservoirs; the town is connected by aqueduct to Lake Hobart several kilometres to the north.

Geography[edit]

Hobart is located at 35°1′35″N 99°5′27″W / 35.02639°N 99.09083°W / 35.02639; -99.09083 (35.026276, -99.090876).[6] It is 120 miles (190 km) southwest of Oklahoma City and 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Lawton, Oklahoma[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.

Economy[edit]

The economy of the area around Hobart was based on farming, with the major crops being wheat and cotton. Cattle ranching became important later. Hobart is still primarily a farm town. By the 21st Century, most of the employed townspeople worked in the education, health and social services industries.[5]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Hobart, Oklahoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
(31)
92
(33)
100
(38)
99
(37)
105
(41)
112
(44)
117
(47)
116
(47)
108
(42)
99
(37)
89
(32)
86
(30)
117
(47)
Average high °F (°C) 51
(11)
56
(13)
65
(18)
74
(23)
82
(28)
92
(33)
96
(36)
96
(36)
88
(31)
76
(24)
63
(17)
53
(12)
74.3
(23.5)
Average low °F (°C) 27
(−3)
30
(−1)
37
(3)
47
(8)
57
(14)
66
(19)
70
(21)
69
(21)
62
(17)
50
(10)
36
(2)
28
(−2)
48.3
(9.1)
Record low °F (°C) −10
(−23)
−11
(−24)
2
(−17)
19
(−7)
27
(−3)
43
(6)
52
(11)
46
(8)
34
(1)
14
(−10)
9
(−13)
−2
(−19)
−11
(−24)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.9
(23)
1.0
(25)
1.5
(38)
2.9
(74)
4.5
(114)
3.6
(91)
2.3
(58)
2.1
(53)
2.4
(61)
3.0
(76)
1.3
(33)
1.2
(30)
26.6
(676)
Snowfall inches (cm) 1.7
(4.3)
1.4
(3.6)
1.4
(3.6)
0.1
(0.3)
0.2
(0.5)
1.4
(3.6)
6.2
(15.7)
Avg. rainy days 2.6 2.7 3.8 6 7 6.3 4.6 4.4 4.2 5 2.6 3.1 52.3
Source #1: weather.com
Source #2: Weatherbase.com [7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 2,936
1930 4,982 69.7%
1940 5,380 8.0%
1950 5,132 −4.6%
1980 4,735
2000 3,997
2010 3,756 −6.0%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,997 people, 1,584 households, and 1,031 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,472.9 people per square mile (569.5/km²). There were 1,979 housing units at an average density of 729.3 per square mile (282.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.01% White, 8.18% African American, 4.38% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.83% from other races, and 2.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.91% of the population.

There were 1,584 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,781, and the median income for a family was $35,313. Males had a median income of $24,821 versus $20,345 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,729. About 16.4% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 15.2% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

FM Radio

Frequency (MHz) Call Sign kW
105.9 KQTZ 100

Distant FM Radio

Frequency (MHz) Call Sign kW
93.5 KWHW-FM 45
106.9 KTJI 100
103.5 KVSP 100

Newspaper

Hobart Democrat-Chief[5]

Hobart's oldest business, established in August 1901 before Hobart became a town.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ CensusViewer:Hobart, Oklahoma Population
  5. ^ a b c d e Taylor, Ethel Crisp. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture."Hobart." Retrieved October 5, 2012.[1]
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Historical Weather for Hobart, Oklahoma, United States". 

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