Seiling, Oklahoma

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Seiling, Oklahoma
Downtown Seiling
Downtown Seiling
Location of Seiling, Oklahoma
Location of Seiling, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°09′06″N 98°55′31″W / 36.1515478°N 98.9253171°W / 36.1515478; -98.9253171Coordinates: 36°09′06″N 98°55′31″W / 36.1515478°N 98.9253171°W / 36.1515478; -98.9253171
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Dewey
 • Total 0.822762 sq mi (2.130943 km2)
 • Land 0.822762 sq mi (2.130943 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,749 ft (533 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 860
 • Density 1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73663
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-66250[1]
GNIS feature ID 1097902[2]

Seiling is a city in Dewey County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 860 at the 2010 census. The town was named in 1899 for Louis Seiling, a local store owner who had acquired a homestead in the Cheyenne-Arapaho land run of April 1892. The Hobson Town and Improvement Company established a town called Hobson, but the name was changed to Seiling in January 1899. It incorporated in 1909. Seiling is now the largest city in Dewey County.[3]


Seiling developed as a local agricultural center and became the largest town in Dewey County despite the fact that the nearest railroad depot was in Canton, more than 25 miles (40 km) away . Moreover, there were no bridges across either of the Canadian rivers until 1906. A horse racing track was built in 1903.[3]


Seiling is located at 36°8′55″N 98°55′30″W / 36.14861°N 98.92500°W / 36.14861; -98.92500 (36.148579, -98.925123).[4] It is immediately south of the North Canadian River and 7 miles (11 km) north of the Canadian River, 10 miles (16 km) from Taloga, the county seat.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 352
1920 323 −8.2%
1930 568 75.9%
1940 629 10.7%
1970 1,033
2000 875
2010 860 −1.7%

As of the 2010 census, there were 860 people, 325 households, and 216 families residing in the city.[5] The population density was 1,000 people per square mile (400/km²). There were 402 housing units at an average density of 488.6 per square mile (786.3/km²). Residents self-identified as 95.1% white, 12.7% Native American, 4.9% of mixed heritage, 1.6% Asian, and 0.1% African American.[5] Hispanic or Latino Americans made up 3.7% of the population.[5]

There were 325 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 12% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families.[5] Individuals living alone accounted for 31.1% of households.[5] The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.24.[5] The median age was 37.9 years.[5]

The median income for a household in the city was $45,650, and the median income for a family was $58,466.[6] Males who were employed full-time had a median income of $43,333. Females who were employed full-time had a median income of $32,500.[6] The per capita income for the city was $24,410.[6] Below the poverty line were 9.7% of people, 10.3% of families, 13% of those under 18 and 11.6% of those over 64.[6]


The local economy has been based on agriculture since the land was opened to non-Indian settlement. The major crops initially were broomcorn and cotton. Seiling soon had a cotton gin and a feed mill. Wheat and rye became important crops before World War I. In 1918, the Seiling Milling Company opened a flour mill and marketed "White Rose Special" flour until it closed in 1952.[3]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "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. ^ a b c d Everett, Dianna. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Seiling." Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Seiling city, Oklahoma at American FactFinder (accessed September 19, 2013)
  6. ^ a b c d U.S. Census Bureau, 2007-2011 American Community Survey, accessed via American FactFinder database search of Seiling city, Oklahoma on September 19, 2013.