Location of Colbert, Oklahoma
|• Mayor||Roxanne Reed|
|• Total||1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)|
|• Land||1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||663 ft (202 m)|
|• Density||1,036.4/sq mi (407.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1091547|
The town was named after Benjamin "Frank" Franklin Colbert (1826/1828-1893), a Chickasaw. He was a great-grandson of one of five sons of Minta Hoye, Chickasaw, and her husband Scots trader James Logan Colbert, who had lived in the Southeast. It is part of the Texoma region.
Frank Colbert migrated from Mississippi to Indian Territory in 1846, and founded a large family there. He was a great-grandson of Minta Hoye, Chickasaw, and her husband James Logan Colbert, a fur trader.
As the Chickasaw had a matrilineal system, they considered children to be born into the mother's clan; those with multicultural ancestry were also accepted into the mother's clan. Sons gained hereditary leadership positions through their mother's people. Generations of mixed-race Colbert men became prominent leaders among the Chickasaw for most of the 19th century.
In 1853 Colbert established a ferry across the Red River, to help provide passage for travelers and settlers. The Colbert's Ferry landing site is on the National Register of Historic Places. Colbert became a successful cotton planter and owned 25 slaves before the American Civil War broke out. Because of his importance to the town's early history, it was named for him.
Colbert is located at (33.856340, -96.503270).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,065 people, 428 households, and 275 families residing in the town. The population density was 993.1 people per square mile (384.3/km²). There were 493 housing units at an average density of 459.7 per square mile (177.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 73.33% White, 17.18% African American, 4.51% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.28% from other races, and 4.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.
There were 428 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $26,304, and the median income for a family was $30,250. Males had a median income of $25,417 versus $15,962 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,447. About 11.6% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.5% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.
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