Location of Verden, Oklahoma
|• Total||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)|
|• Land||0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,135 ft (346 m)|
|• Density||2,047.5/sq mi (790.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1099241|
Verden is located at (35.083762, -98.088790).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 659 people, 246 households, and 182 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,047.5 people per square mile (795.1/km²). There were 280 housing units at an average density of 870.0 per square mile (337.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.44% White, 6.07% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.
There were 246 households out of which 38.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.14.
In the town the population was spread out with 32.0% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $23,667, and the median income for a family was $26,833. Males had a median income of $24,063 versus $20,469 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,617. About 11.6% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
Verden resident Allen Toles was an African American farmer who had become the owner of his own land through the Homestead Act of 1862. He built Verden Separate School on his own property in 1910 as a school for black children. The school operated until 1935. The school building was rediscovered by historians in 2004 and restored and relocated to nearby Chickasha. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Lane, Jessica. "Verden Separate School featured as best in country," The Express-Star, June 25, 2014. Accessed January 28, 2015.
- "Historic one-room Chickasha schoolhouse for blacks to celebrate centennial," NewsOK, June 19, 2010. Accessed January 28, 2015.