Deer Creek, Oklahoma

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Deer Creek, Oklahoma
Town
Location of Deer Creek, Oklahoma
Location of Deer Creek, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°48′19″N 97°31′9″W / 36.80528°N 97.51917°W / 36.80528; -97.51917Coordinates: 36°48′19″N 97°31′9″W / 36.80528°N 97.51917°W / 36.80528; -97.51917
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Grant
Area
 • Total 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Land 0.1 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,089 ft (332 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 147
 • Density 1,059.4/sq mi (409.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74636
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-19650[1]
GNIS feature ID 1092001[2]

Deer Creek is a town in Grant County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 130 at the 2010 census, an 11.6 percent decrease from 147 at the 2000 census.[3] It was named for a nearby stream, which is a tributary of the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River.[4]


History[edit]

The community began March 14, 1898, when W. A. Bradford, president of the Gulf Railroad bought 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land to establish a town along the route his railroad planned to use for a rail line between Medford and Blackwell, Oklahoma. The line was constructed in 1897-1898. On February 27, 1899, the post office at the nearby community of Orie was moved to Deer Creek.[4][a]

The Deer Creek Mennonites organized on August 27, 1899, and opened a church in 1902. Soon, other denominations began meeting in the home of Elijah Franklin Webster, with a Methodist minister leading the service. The Christian and Methodist church buildings were constructed by 1909. [4]

The first producing oil and gas wells in the area were drilled in the early 1920s, causing a brief boom. Deer Creek's population peaked at 312 in 1930. A prolonged population decline reached 124 in 1990. Except for one co-operative, most businesses had closed by 1998. There has been a small population increase in the 21st Century.

Geography[edit]

Deer Creek is located at 36°48′19″N 97°31′9″W / 36.80528°N 97.51917°W / 36.80528; -97.51917 (36.805326, -97.519098).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land.

Deer Creek is 12 miles (19 km) east of Medford on State Highway 11.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 166
1920 218 31.3%
1930 312 43.1%
1940 250 −19.9%
1950 209 −16.4%
1960 215 2.9%
1970 203 −5.6%
1980 174 −14.3%
1990 124 −28.7%
2000 147 18.5%
2010 130 −11.6%
Est. 2015 132 [6] 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 148 people, 57 households, and 40 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,059.4 people per square mile (405.4/km²). There were 76 housing units at an average density of 547.7 per square mile (209.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.39% White, 6.80% Native American, 4.76% from other races, and 2.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.12% of the population.

There were 56 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.1% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the town, the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,563, and the median income for a family was $40,625. Males had a median income of $33,750 versus $25,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,618. There were 8.9% of families and 14.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 32.1% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Economy[edit]

The town economy has largely depended on the nearby wheat farms. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, most businesses in town had closed by 1998, and nearly three quarters of the people that are employed commute elsewhere to work.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gulf Railroad was later acquired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (Santa Fe Railroad).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ CensusViewer:Deer Creek, Oklahoma Population
  4. ^ a b c d e f Wilson, Linda D. "Deer Creek," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Accessed August 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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