Wagoner County, Oklahoma

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Wagoner County, Oklahoma
Wagoner County Oklahoma Courthouse.jpg
Wagoner County Courthouse in Wagoner, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Wagoner County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the United States highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
Founded 1907[1]
Named for Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner[1]
Seat Wagoner
Largest city Coweta
Area
 • Total 591 sq mi (1,531 km2)
 • Land 563 sq mi (1,458 km2)
 • Water 28 sq mi (73 km2)
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 75,700
 • Density 127/sq mi (49/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.ok.gov/wagonercounty

Wagoner County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It is part of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 73,085.[2] Its county seat is Wagoner.[3]

History[edit]

According to archaeological studies, this area was inhabited by Caddoan Mound Builders during the period A.D. 300 to 1200.[1]

The western area of Wagoner County was settled by the Creek after their forced removal in Alabama in the 1820s. The eastern portion of the county was settled by the Cherokee.[1]

During the Civil War in 1865, the present county was the scene of the Battle of Flat Rock (also known as the Hay Camp Action). Confederate troops led by Brig. General Stand Watie and Brig. General Richard Gano captured 85 Union troops and killed even more that were harvesting hay.[1]

In 1905, the Sequoyah Convention proposed creating two counties from this area. The western half would be named Coweta and the eastern half would have been named Tumechichee. However, failure of the attempt to create the state of Sequoyah negated the proposal. In 1907 at Oklahoma Statehood, Wagoner County was organized. The towns of Porter and Coweta vied with Wagoner as the county seat. The county was named after the town of Wagoner, which won the election. The town was named after Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner, a Katy Railroad dispatcher from Parsons, Kansas.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,531 km² (591 mi²), of which 1,458 km² (563 mi²) is land and 73 km² (28 mi²) (4.75%) is water.[4] It is part of the Ozark Highlands. The Verdigris River divides the east and west parts of the county. The Arkansas River forms part of the western and southern boundaries. Grand River also flows south through the county. It was dammed in 1942 to create Fort Gibson Lake.[1]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 22,086
1920 21,371 −3.2%
1930 22,428 4.9%
1940 21,642 −3.5%
1950 16,741 −22.6%
1960 15,673 −6.4%
1970 22,163 41.4%
1980 41,801 88.6%
1990 47,883 14.5%
2000 57,491 20.1%
2010 73,085 27.1%
Est. 2013 75,700 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[2]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 73,085 people,in the county. The population density was 47.74/km². There were 29,694 housing units at an average density of 55.9 per square mile (19.4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.07% White, 3.75% Black or African American, 9.38% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 5.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.50% of the population.

There were 21,010 households out of which 37.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.90% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.50% were non-families. 17.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $56,819, and the median income for a family was $62,997. The per capita income for the county was $24,976. About 8.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.[7]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of January 15, 2012[8]
Party Number of Voters Percentage
  Democratic 16,035 41.47%
  Republican 18,909 48.91%
  Unaffiliated 3,718 9.62%
Total 38,662 100%

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results[9]
Year Republican Democrat
2008 70.88% 21,441 29.12% 8,810
2004 67.57% 19,081 32.43% 9,157
2000 60.33% 12,981 38.31% 8,244

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Former community[edit]

National Register of Historic Places sites[edit]

First Presbyterian Church of Coweta
The Cobb Building

The following sites in Wagoner County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g McMahan, Liz. "Wagoner County - Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ American Factfinder. Accessed April 29, 2013.
  8. ^ Registration by Party as of January 15, 2012. Oklahoma State Election Board. Accessed April 29, 2013.
  9. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

Coordinates: 35°58′N 95°31′W / 35.96°N 95.52°W / 35.96; -95.52