Mannford, Oklahoma

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Mannford, Oklahoma
Official seal of Mannford, Oklahoma
Nickname(s): "Striped Bass Capital of the World"
Motto: "Growing Boon of the Lake"
Location within Creek County, and the state of Oklahoma
Location within Creek County, and the state of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°7′34″N 96°20′32″W / 36.12611°N 96.34222°W / 36.12611; -96.34222Coordinates: 36°7′34″N 96°20′32″W / 36.12611°N 96.34222°W / 36.12611; -96.34222
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Counties Creek
 • Town Administrator Mike Nunneley
 • Total 6.9 sq mi (17.9 km2)
 • Land 5.4 sq mi (13.9 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
Elevation 732 ft (223 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,095
 • Density 389.8/sq mi (150.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74044
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-46200[1]
GNIS feature ID 1100125[2]
Website City of Mannford Official Website

Mannford is a town in Creek county in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. In 2010, the population was 3,076 compared to 2,095 at the 2000 census.[3] Within commuting distance of Tulsa, sitting on Lake Keystone, this town claims to be the "Striped Bass Capital of the World". Most of the employed residents commute to work in Sand Springs or Tulsa.[4] The town currently has nineteen churches[5] and the full range of public schools from Pre-K to High School,[6] of which they take in several students from surrounding townships.


The town name is derived from "Mann's Ford," a crossing of the Cimarron River because Tom and Hazel Mann had received a Creek allotment at this location. The Arkansas Valley and Western Railroad (later the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad) built a line through this area in 1902-03, making it an important cattle shipping point. A post office was established April 11, 1903.[4] When the Corp of Engineers began making plans for flood control that would flood the town of Mannford, citizens united to form a plan to relocate several miles southeast of the original site which was completed in 1963.[7]


The Mannford school district has five schools that include an Early Childhood Center, two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school, and serves 1,486 students.[8]

August 2012 Fire[edit]

On August 3, 2012 a wild fire started several miles south of Mannford, and carried by strong south winds, and extremely dry vegetation was pushed up into the Mannford area. The fire caused evacuations of the town. the fire burned over 78 square miles, edging into the town of Mannford and destroying dozens of buildings.[9]


In 2012, the city of Mannford contracted with Rickey Hayes of Retail Attractions to provide economic development consulting, due to retail leakage to surrounding communities.[10] A marina, a floating restaurant, improved campgrounds, new housing and expanded industrial and commercial venues are currently all in development.[11]


Mannford is 22 miles west of Tulsa on State Highway 51.[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.9 km²), of which, 5.4 square miles (13.9 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.07 km²) of it (22.14%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,095 people, 783 households, and 583 families residing in the town. The population density was 389.8 people per square mile (150.6/km²). There were 865 housing units at an average density of 160.9 per square mile (62.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.31% White, 0.10% African American, 4.39% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 3.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 783 households out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $34,306, and the median income for a family was $41,750. Males had a median income of $32,991 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,722. About 6.5% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 13.2% of those age 65 or over.

About 99 percent of the employed residents commuted to work in Sand Springs and Tulsa during 2000.[4]


Mannford has one newspaper, the Mannford Eagle. The paper is published every Wednesday. It is owned by Community Publishers, a newspaper and Internet publisher and commercial printer that serves Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas. In the December 7, 2011 paper, the eagle announced that it was "merging" with the Sand Springs Leader (owned by Community Publishers) and no longer delivering a Mannford Eagle paper. They will, however, continue to maintain the Mannford Eagle website.

Notable people[edit]

Lee Hazlewood, a country and pop singer, songwriter, and record producer was born here.


  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. ^ Muni Net Guide: Mannford, Oklahoma.muninet guide
  4. ^ a b c d Wilson, Linda D. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Mannford." Retrieved March 22, 2012.[1]
  5. ^ Mannford's previous Official Website
  6. ^ Mannford School Official Website
  7. ^ Mannford's current official website
  8. ^ [2] (accessed May 8, 2013).
  9. ^ [3] Tulsa World (Retrieved August 5, 2012)
  10. ^ [4] Mannford Website
  11. ^ [5] Tulsa World.

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