Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma
|Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma|
Pottawatomie County Courthouse in Shawnee, Oklahoma
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
793 sq mi (2,055 km²)
788 sq mi (2,040 km²)
5 sq mi (14 km²),
89/sq mi (34/km²)
Pottawatomie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 69,442 at the 2010 census, a 6 percent increase from 65,521 as of the 2000 census. Its county seat is Shawnee. Pottawatomie County is part of the Shawnee Micropolitan Statistical Area and the Oklahoma City–Shawnee Combined Statistical Area.
Pottawatomie County was carved out of land originally given to the Creek and Seminole after their forced removal from Georgia and Florida. After the Civil War, the Creek and Seminole were forced to cede their lands back to the federal government, and the area of Pottawatomie County was used to resettle the Iowa, Sac and Fox, Absentee Shawnee, Potawatomi and Kickapoo tribes.
Non-Indian settlement began on September 22, 1891 when all the tribes except the Kickapoo agreed to land allotment, where communal reservation land was divided and allotted to individual members of the tribes. The remaining land was opened to settlement.
During the land run, Pottawatomie County was organized as County "B" with Tecumseh as the county seat. In 1892, the voters of the county elected to rename County "B" as Pottawatomie County after the Potawatomi Indians.
In 1895, the Kickapoo gave up their land rights and their land was given away to white settlers in the last land run in Oklahoma.
On May 19, 2013 during an outbreak of tornadoes in the Midwest, a mobile home park was nearly destroyed killing a 79-year-old man and injuring at least 6 others as well as damaging at least 35 structures. Frame homes in the neighborhood were also affected.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,055 km² (793 mi²). Some 2,040 km² (788 mi²) of it is land and 14 km² (6 mi²) of it (0.70%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Lincoln County (north)
- Okfuskee County (northeast)
- Seminole County (east)
- Pontotoc County (southeast)
- McClain County (southwest)
- Cleveland County (west)
- Oklahoma County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 65,521 people, 24,540 households, and 17,717 families residing in the county. The population density was 32/km² (83/mi²). There were 27,302 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (35/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.88% White, 2.89% Black or African American, 11.20% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 4.67% from two or more races. About 2.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race, while 19.6% were of American, 12.2% German, 11.3% Irish and 9.0% English ancestry according to Census 2000. About 96.6% spoke English and 1.6% Spanish as their first language.
There were 24,540 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. Around 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,573, and the median income for a family was $38,162. Males had a median income of $31,104 versus $21,460 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,972. About 11.60% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.
|Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of January 15, 2012|
|Party||Number of Voters||Percentage|
|2008||69.18% 17,753||30.82% 7,910|
|2004||66.59% 17,215||33.41% 8,638|
|2000||59.31% 13,235||39.27% 8,763|
Cities and towns 
† Oklahoma City is mainly in Oklahoma County, but part of the city limits extends into Pottawatomie County.
Unincorporated community 
Government and infrastructure 
NRHP Sites 
The following sites in Pottawatomie County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- Mullins, William H. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Pottawatomie County.Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Pottawatomie County Retrieved 2/26/2011
- CensusViewer:Population of Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Tornadoes hit Plains, Midwest; 1 dead in Okla.". USA Today. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11.
- "Pioneer Library System to buy Borders bookstore building in Norman". NewsOK. The Oklahoman. September 27, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- "Mabel Bassett Correctional Center." Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Retrieved on November 22, 2010.