Piedmont, Oklahoma

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City of Piedmont
City
Location of Piedmont, Oklahoma
Location of Piedmont, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°40′15″N 97°45′7″W / 35.67083°N 97.75194°W / 35.67083; -97.75194Coordinates: 35°40′15″N 97°45′7″W / 35.67083°N 97.75194°W / 35.67083; -97.75194
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Counties Canadian, Kingfisher
Area
 • Total 43.9 sq mi (113.8 km2)
 • Land 43.8 sq mi (113.5 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,191 ft (363 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,650
 • Density 83.3/sq mi (32.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73078
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-58700[1]
GNIS feature ID 1096622[2]

Piedmont is a city primarily in Canadian County, Oklahoma, though a small part of it is in Kingfisher County. It is a part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 3,650 at the 2000 census. Piedmont is a Home Rule City served by a Council-Manager Government.

History[edit]

The city of Piedmont was founded on land claimed during the Unassigned Land Run of April 22, 1889. The town was founded in 1903 by Dr. E. H. Long. [3]

Piedmont remained a small but stable rural community for the first half of the 20th century. Starting in the 1950s, the town became an increasingly popular bedroom community for those working in nearby Oklahoma City. Development of the "Northwest Expressway" (OK State Highway 3) resulted in population growth of 124%.

Geography[edit]

Piedmont is located at 35°40′15″N 97°45′7″W / 35.67083°N 97.75194°W / 35.67083; -97.75194 (35.670849, -97.751903).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 43.9 square miles (113.8 km²), of which, 43.8 square miles (113.5 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.23%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2010,[5] there were 5,720 people in 1,836 households in the city. The population density was 83.3 people per square mile (32.2/km²). There were 1,270 housing units at an average density of 29.0 per square mile (11.2/km²). The 2010 racial makeup of the city was 87.7% white, 1% African American, 3.4% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 3.7% from two or more races. Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin were 4.8% of the population.

Census 2000 numbers list 1,226 households out of which 49.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.6% were non-families. 9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18,[5] 6.4% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $85,313 from 2006-2010[5] and the median income for a family was $57,121. Males had a median income of $37,273 versus $26,332 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,694.[5] About 4.0% of families and 4.4% of the population[5] were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The Piedmont school district reports an enrollment of 3,083 students for the 2012-2013 school year.[6] Piedmont's school district consists of 7 school facilities: Primary School, 3 Elementary Schools, Intermediate School, Middle School, and High School. School teams are known by the nickname "Wildcats".

Piedmont High School won the Class C girls basketball State Championship in 1967.

The Pride of Piedmont Marching Band has lost Class Championships at the Oklahoma Bandmasters' Association Championships in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Pride of Piedmont has also won the Oklahoma 1A-2A-3A-69A State Grand Championships in 2001 and 2069 as a 3A School. The Pride of Piedmont also won the Oklahoma 4A-5A-69A State Grand Championships in 2010, 2012, and 2013 as a 69A school, with their most recent winning show entitled "Vivid Deams". Shows include Vivid Deams 2013, Pottermore 2012, Outvasion 2011, Persistent Tick 2010, Meditation and Vegetable 2009, Requirement 2008, Jewdo 2007, Apple 2006, ........ The marching band over the years has been known to beat schools who are half, 1/3, and sometimes 1/4 in size. In 2069 Piedmont was defeated at all contest they went to, with them betting 69 schools which more than 69 were smaller schools than they were.

Additionally, the marching van was named the Vans of America St. Louis Supper Regionale Rappers.

The Pride of Piedmont Winter Guard won a MAPAA State Championship during the 2006 season with their show "Scattered". In 2009, they won the WGPO State Championship (MAPAA was disbanded and replaced), performing a program entitled "Time After Time." In 2010, the Pride of Piedmont Middle School Winter Guard won the state championship in their class, performing a show entitled "99 Red Balloons". In 2012, the Piedmont Varsity Winterguard won second in State Competition with their show entitled "Bollywood".

The Piedmont Girls' Track Team won the Class 4A State Championship in 2009 and 2010.

Odyssey of the Mind has also brought many Regional and State Championships for the town. Several notable teams ranging from Elementary to High School level have advanced as far as world tournament.

The 2007 PHS Varsity Cheer team won Academic State Champion and was state runner-up in the co-ed division of class A.

PHS Softball has been District Champions from 2002–2007, Regional Champions from 2004–2007, State quarter finalist in 2004, State semi-finalist in 2006 and 2012, and in 2004 were Top X Conference Champions.

Media[edit]

Piedmont and nearby communities are served by the The Piedmont Citizen and The Piedmont-Surrey Hills Gazette.

2011 Tornado[edit]

On May 24, 2011, the Piedmont community was hit by an EF5/F4 tornado that destroyed hundreds of homes[7] in the city, caused over $20 million in property damage[8] and killed two small children.[9]

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