Geary, Oklahoma

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Geary, Oklahoma
Geary water tower
Geary water tower
Location of Geary, Oklahoma
Location of Geary, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°37′46″N 98°19′5″W / 35.62944°N 98.31806°W / 35.62944; -98.31806Coordinates: 35°37′46″N 98°19′5″W / 35.62944°N 98.31806°W / 35.62944; -98.31806
CountryUnited States
StateOklahoma
CountiesBlaine, Canadian
Government
 • TypeAldermanic
 • MayorMitchell Paxton
Area
 • Total4.15 sq mi (10.75 km2)
 • Land4.15 sq mi (10.75 km2)
 • Water0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
1,549 ft (472 m)
Population
 • Total1,280
 • Density308/sq mi (119.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
73040
Area code(s)405
FIPS code40-28900[1]
GNIS feature ID1093156[2]

Geary is a city in Blaine and Canadian counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 1,280 at the 2010 census.[3] The town was named for Edmund Guerrier, a scout and an interpreter for the U.S. Army.[4]

History[edit]

The area occupied by the present city of Geary was previously part of the Cheyenne-Arapaho reservation, until it was opened in April, 1892 for settlement by non-Indians. Shuffle Huff and his son, William, filed several land claims in the area and sold two quarter sections to a land development company. A community was begun about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northwest of its present location. Settlers moved the town to the present site to be located on the proposed route of the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad line that was to be built west from El Reno.[4]

Edmund Guerriere, of French - Cheyenne ancestry and a former Army scout and interpreter, had acquired a land allotment about 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town. According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the town name was spelled "Geary" because the settlers had difficulty spelling and pronouncing the original name. The Geary post office was established October 12, 1892.[4]

Quickly becoming a trade center for the agricultural area that surrounded it, Geary was established as a 'first-class city" in Oklahoma Territory in 1902. The population had grown to 2,561 in that year. That number declined to 1,565 by the time of statehood in 1907.[4]

Geography[edit]

Geary is located in southern Blaine County and northwestern Canadian County at 35°37′46″N 98°19′5″W / 35.62944°N 98.31806°W / 35.62944; -98.31806 (35.629486, −98.318176).[5] The city limits extend southeast along U.S. Route 281 8 miles (13 km) from the center of town to Exit 108 on Interstate 40. From this point it is 43 miles (69 km) east to downtown Oklahoma City. U.S. Route 270 leads east from Geary 11 miles (18 km) to Calumet. U.S. 281 and 270 together lead northwest 17 miles (27 km) to Watonga.

According to the United States Census Bureau, as of 2010 the city has a total area of 4.15 square miles (10.75 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.06%, is water.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19101,452
19201,167−19.6%
19301,89262.1%
19401,634−13.6%
19501,614−1.2%
19601,416−12.3%
19701,380−2.5%
19801,70023.2%
19901,347−20.8%
20001,258−6.6%
20101,2801.7%
Est. 20161,286[6]0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,258 people, 475 households, and 305 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,325.1 people per square mile (511.3/km²). There were 583 housing units at an average density of 614.1 per square mile (236.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.50% White, 4.85% African American, 22.89% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 2.62% from other races, and 4.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.41% of the population.

There were 475 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,088, and the median income for a family was $28,409. Males had a median income of $23,021 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,538. About 21.2% of families and 24.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.7% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Geary, Oklahoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 46
(8)
51
(11)
60
(16)
71
(22)
78
(26)
87
(31)
93
(34)
93
(34)
84
(29)
73
(23)
59
(15)
50
(10)
70
(22)
Average low °F (°C) 26
(−3)
30
(−1)
35
(2)
46
(8)
55
(13)
66
(19)
69
(21)
68
(20)
60
(16)
50
(10)
37
(3)
30
(−1)
48
(9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.9
(23)
1.1
(28)
1.9
(48)
2.8
(71)
4.3
(110)
4.0
(100)
2.3
(58)
2.5
(64)
3.3
(84)
2.5
(64)
1.7
(43)
1.3
(33)
28.7
(730)
Source #1: weather.com
Source #2: Weatherbase.com [8]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Geary city, Oklahoma". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e Rinehart, Merle. "Geary," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2009. Accessed April 15, 2015.
  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". Archived from the original on July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Historical Weather for Geary, Oklahoma, United States".

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