Tecumseh, Oklahoma

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Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Nickname(s): T-Town
Location of Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Location of Tecumseh, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°15′44″N 96°56′5″W / 35.26222°N 96.93472°W / 35.26222; -96.93472Coordinates: 35°15′44″N 96°56′5″W / 35.26222°N 96.93472°W / 35.26222; -96.93472
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Pottawatomie
Founded 1891
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Eddy Parker
 • City Council Lou Sutterfield, Ward 1
Jimmy Jordan, Ward 2
Linda Praytor, Ward 3
Willis Faye Motley, Ward 4
 • Total 15.3 sq mi (39.6 km2)
 • Land 15.0 sq mi (39.0 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
Elevation 1,083 ft (330 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,457
 • Density 406/sq mi (156.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74873
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-72650[1]
GNIS feature ID 1098783[2]
Website http://www.tecumsehok.com

Tecumseh is a city in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 6,457 at the 2010 census, a 5.9 percent increase from 6,098 at the 2000 census.[3] It was named for the noted Shawnee chief, Tecumseh.[4]


A 320-acre site was opened for settlement September 23, 1891, as a result of the land run into reservations of the Sac and Fox, Iowa, Kickapoo, Shawnee and Potawatomi peoples. The townsite, named Tecumseh by a U.S. Army Major, had been designated as the seat of County "B" in the newly formed Oklahoma Territory by the Department of the Interior on July 17, 1891. A post office was established in the town on September 18, 1891.[4]


Tecumseh is located at 35°15′44″N 96°56′5″W / 35.26222°N 96.93472°W / 35.26222; -96.93472 (35.262346, -96.934830).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.3 square miles (40 km2), of which, 15.0 square miles (39 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (1.57%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,098 people, 2,344 households, and 1,654 families residing in the city. The population density was 405.5 people per square mile (156.5/km²). There were 2,565 housing units at an average density of 170.6 per square mile (65.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.98% White, 2.05% African American, 12.87% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 5.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.77% of the population.

There were 2,344 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,202, and the median income for a family was $32,235. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $20,820 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,300. About 15.0% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.


The city of Tecumseh has a home rule charter form of government.[4]

2010 tornado[edit]

On Monday May 10, 2010, the city was struck by an EF3 tornado. The city's southeast side sustained the most damage, with several homes along East Highland Street were severely damaged or destroyed. Three churches were also damaged. The tornado was the first to strike the town since the May 17, 1981 tornado that hit the rural southern part of the town, and was the first tornado to go through the city proper since records have been kept in 1950. Three deaths were reported by the Associated Press and Oklahoma City news stations, but these reports were later proven to be false.


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ CensusViewer:Population of the City of Tecumseh, Oklahoma
  4. ^ a b c Carter, Glenn Dale and Don Holland. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Tecumseh." [1]
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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