|National Register of Historic Places|
|• Mayor||Jeff Shockley|
|• Total||31.7 sq mi (82.0 km2)|
|• Land||28.6 sq mi (74.2 km2)|
|• Water||3.0 sq mi (7.8 km2)|
|Elevation||489 ft (149 m)|
|• Density||270/sq mi (100/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1096874|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.7 square miles (82 km2), of which 28.6 square miles (74 km2) is land and 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), or 9.54%, is water.
The city is located in the valley below Cavanal Hill, the "World's Highest Hill".
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,939 people, 3,013 households, and 2,042 families residing in the city. The population density was 277.2 people per square mile (107.0/km²). There were 3,351 housing units at an average density of 117.0 per square mile (45.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.14% White, 2.24% African American, 10.00% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 3.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.82% of the population.
There were 3,013 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 12.8% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,178, and the median income for a family was $31,226. Males had a median income of $24,595 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,175. About 19.3% of families and 22.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 13.4% of those age 65 or over.
The Tiger Truck, a light utility truck from Chinese manufacturer ChangAn, is assembled at a plant in Poteau.
Carl Albert State College is located in Poteau.
In 1955, Dr. John Montgomery petitioned the Poteau public school board, resulting in the integration of the system and marking Poteau as the first city in Oklahoma to allow African Americans to attend school with white students.
- Kenneth Corn - former Oklahoma State Senator and Oklahoma State Representative who was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in 2010.
- Ron Fortner - radio and television anchor.
- Billy Hoffman - country music singer; raised in Poteau.
- Mick Thompson - current Oklahoma State Banking Commissioner and former Oklahoma State Representative.
- Andrew Welch - current guitarist for Thousand Foot Krutch and former guitarist for Disciple.
- City of Poteau
- Poteau Chamber of Commerce
- Buckley Public Library
- Carl Albert State College
- Oklahoma Digital Maps: Digital Collections of Oklahoma and Indian Territory