Wister, Oklahoma

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Wister, Oklahoma
Location of Wister, Oklahoma
Location of Wister, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 34°58′6″N 94°43′23″W / 34.96833°N 94.72306°W / 34.96833; -94.72306Coordinates: 34°58′6″N 94°43′23″W / 34.96833°N 94.72306°W / 34.96833; -94.72306
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Le Flore
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 486 ft (148 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,002
 • Density 694.3/sq mi (268.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74966
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-81750[1]
GNIS feature ID 1099932[2]

Wister is a town in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,002 at the 2000 census.


Wister was named for a railroad official, who was the father of writer Owen Wister.[3]


Wister is located at 34°58′6″N 94°43′23″W / 34.96833°N 94.72306°W / 34.96833; -94.72306 (34.968411, -94.723191).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (2.04%) is water.

Wister, OK is also the location of a popular Army Corps of Engineers lake with same name. Crappie, Bass and Catfish are the most frequently sought fish species in lake. Along with fishing, Wister Lake also offers a wide variety of tourist activities like camping, waterskiing and swimming.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,002 people, 412 households, and 276 families residing in the town. The population density was 694.3 people per square mile (268.7/km²). There were 450 housing units at an average density of 311.8 per square mile (120.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.93% White, 11.18% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 4.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.20% of the population.

There were 412 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,602, and the median income for a family was $26,417. Males had a median income of $21,154 versus $15,556 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,851. About 15.5% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.


  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. ^ Heavener Historical Society (2013). Heavener (LeFlore County) Oklahoma. Xlibris Corporation. p. 300. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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