Rogers County, Oklahoma
|Rogers County, Oklahoma|
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 26, 1907|
|Named for||Clement Vann Rogers|
|• Total||711 sq mi (1,843 km2)|
|• Land||675 sq mi (1,748 km2)|
|• Water||36 sq mi (95 km2), 5.13%|
|• Density||124/sq mi (48/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Rogers County is in the northeastern part of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 86,905. Its county seat is Claremore. The county was originally created in 1906 from the western Saline District of the Cherokee Nation and named the Cooweescoowee District. However, the residents protested and the name was changed to Rogers County, after Clem Vann Rogers, a mixed-blood Cherokee rancher and father of Will Rogers.
According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the Arkansas Band of the Osage Nation settled in the Three Forks area (the junction of the Arkansas River, Grand River and Verdigris River during the 1760s and established two villages called Pasuga and Pasona in what is now Rogers County. Pasona was near a mound on the Verdigris River called Claremore Mound. The name honored Chief Claremore (Gra-mon or Arrow Going Home).
In 1828, Cherokee tribes exchanged their Arkansas land for an area that included present-day Rogers County that had been ceded by the Osage in 1825. The area became the Saline District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory and later the Cooweescoowee District.
Upon statehood, the county was created and designated Cooweescoowee County before being renamed Rogers County in honor of Clement Rogers.
Shortly after statehood, Eastern University Preparatory School was established on College Hill, just west of Claremore, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Military Academy was established in 1919. The academy was closed and Claremore Junior College was opened in 1971. The state legislature renamed the institution Rogers State College and Rogers University before settling on Rogers State University in 1998.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 711 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 675 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93 km2) (5.13%) is water. The largest body of water is Lake Oologah. The main streams are the Caney River and the Verdigris River. However, there are a number of smaller creeks and lakes in the county.
- Nowata County (north)
- Craig County (northeast)
- Mayes County (east)
- Wagoner County (south)
- Tulsa County (southwest)
- Washington County (northwest)
As of the census of 2010, there were 86,905 people, 31,884 households, and 24,088 families residing in the county. The population density was 105 people per square mile (40/km²). There were 27,476 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.3% White, 1.0% Black or African American, 13.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian (0.5% Hmong, 0.1% Filipino, 0.1% Indian), 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 8.1% from two or more races. 3.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (2.7% Mexican, 0.3% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Spanish, 0.1% Peruvian). 18.1% were of German, 13.8% Irish, 8.7% English, 3.0% French, 2.5% Scottish, and 2.2% Italian ancestries.
There were 31,884 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 19.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $58,434 and the median income for a family was $67,691. The per capita income for the county was $26,400. About 7.2% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.
|Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of January 15, 2012|
|Party||Number of Voters||Percentage|
|2008||72.03% 27,743||27.97% 10,772|
|2004||67.70% 24,976||32.30% 11,918|
|2000||61.18% 17,713||37.35% 10,813|
Cities and towns
The followings sites in Rogers County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:
- I.W.W. Beck Building, Oologah
- The Belvidere, Claremore
- Chelsea Motel, Chelsea
- Claremore Auto Dealership, Claremore
- Eastern University Preparatory School, Claremore
- Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Foyil
- Hanes Home, Sageeyah
- Hogue House, Chelsea
- Mendenhall's Bath House, Claremore
- Maurice Meyer Barracks, Claremore
- Oologah Bank, Oologah
- Oologah Pump, Oologah
- Pryor Creek Bridge, Chelsea
- Will Rogers Birthplace, Oologah
- Will Rogers Hotel, Claremore
- Verdigris Club Lodge, Catoosa
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Thomas, Sarah C. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture "Rogers County." Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- Hatley, Paul B. "Rogers State University," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (accessed October 16, 2013)
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11.
- Rogers County Government's website
- Rogers County Genealogy page
- Oklahoma Digital Maps: Digital Collections of Oklahoma and Indian Territory