Guymon, Oklahoma

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Guymon, Oklahoma
City
Location within Oklahoma and within Texas County
Location within Oklahoma and within Texas County
Coordinates: 36°40′58″N 101°28′54″W / 36.68278°N 101.48167°W / 36.68278; -101.48167Coordinates: 36°40′58″N 101°28′54″W / 36.68278°N 101.48167°W / 36.68278; -101.48167[1]
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Texas
Incorporated 1901
Government
 • Type Council–Manager
 • Mayor Kim Peterson
 • City Manager Kimberly Meek
Area
 • Total 7.3 sq mi (19.0 km2)
 • Land 7.3 sq mi (18.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 3,123 ft (952 m)
Population (2010)[2][3]
 • Total 11,442
 • Estimate (2012) 11,930
 • Density 1,600/sq mi (600/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73942
Area code 580
FIPS code 40-31750 [1][4]
GNIS feature ID 1093452 [1]
Website GuymonOK.org

Guymon is a city in and the county seat of Texas County, Oklahoma.[1][5] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,442,[2] an increase of 6.5 percent from 10,472 in 2000.[6] The 2012 census estimate grew to 11,930.[3] Cattle feedlots, corporate pork farms, and natural gas dominate its economy, with wind energy production and transmission recently diversifying land owners farms.

History[edit]

In the 1890s, Edward T. “E.T.” Guymon purchased a section of land west of the Beaver River, also known as the North Canadian River. The site grew very rapidly after the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway began to pass through it after 1901. The town, first named Sanford, was later renamed Guymon by railroad officials in order to avoid confusion with the town of Stratford, Texas, which was further down the line. Guymon incorporated in 1901.

The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has offered tributes to the community’s pioneer spirit every May since the 1930s. The Rodeo is the 5th Largest Outdoor Rodeo and the 10th Largest Rodeo in Prize Money in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). In 2006, the rodeo had over 900 contestants with over $385,000 in prize money.[7]

The Anchor D Ranch, a large cattle ranch in the No Man's Land section of the Oklahoma-Texas Panhandle, is located nearby.

Geography[edit]

Located on the High Plains of the central Oklahoma Panhandle Guymon sits 122 miles (196 km) north of Amarillo, Texas and 120 miles (193 km) west-northwest of Woodward, Oklahoma. Optima National Wildlife Refuge, Optima Lake and the state-run Optima Wildlife Management Area lie roughly 16 miles (26 km) to the east along the North Canadian River.

Guymon is located at 36°40′58″N 101°28′54″W / 36.68278°N 101.48167°W / 36.68278; -101.48167 (36.6828041,-101.4815493)[1][8] and sits at an elevation of 3,126 feet (953 m). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.3 square miles (18.9 km2), of which 7.3 square miles (18.9 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) (0.27%) is water.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Guymon, Oklahoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 83
(28)
84
(29)
93
(34)
96
(36)
102
(39)
108
(42)
107
(42)
108
(42)
106
(41)
98
(37)
86
(30)
86
(30)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 48
(9)
52
(11)
58
(14)
69
(21)
78
(26)
89
(32)
93
(34)
92
(33)
85
(29)
74
(23)
59
(15)
51
(11)
70.7
(21.5)
Average low °F (°C) 21
(−6)
25
(−4)
29
(−2)
41
(5)
50
(10)
61
(16)
65
(18)
65
(18)
56
(13)
44
(7)
30
(−1)
24
(−4)
42.6
(5.8)
Record low °F (°C) −19
(−28)
−11
(−24)
−7
(−22)
17
(−8)
28
(−2)
41
(5)
48
(9)
46
(8)
31
(−1)
24
(−4)
4
(−16)
0
(−18)
−19
(−28)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.5
(13)
0.9
(23)
0.8
(20)
1.7
(43)
3.1
(79)
2.5
(64)
3.5
(89)
2.8
(71)
1.9
(48)
1.8
(46)
0.8
(20)
0.6
(15)
20.9
(531)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3.2
(8.1)
3.9
(9.9)
3.3
(8.4)
1
(3)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.2
(0.5)
1.3
(3.3)
3.5
(8.9)
16.5
(41.9)
Average rainy days 1.6 2.6 2.2 4.3 6.2 4.9 6.2 5.4 3.6 3.4 2 2 44.4
Average relative humidity (%) 75 71 62 67 59 58 58 54 55 61 58 73 63
Source #1: weather.com
Source #2: Weatherbase.com [9]
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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,342
1920 1,507 12.3%
1930 2,181 44.7%
1940 2,290 5.0%
1950 4,718 106.0%
1960 5,768 22.3%
1970 7,674 33.0%
1980 8,492 10.7%
1990 7,803 −8.1%
2000 10,472 34.2%
2010 11,442 9.3%
Est. 2015 11,921 [10] 4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

As of the 2010 census, there were 11,442 people, 3,651 households, and 2,632 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,600 people per square mile (600/km²). There were 3,941 housing units at an average density of 539.4 per square mile (208.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city as of 2013 was 55.2% Hispanic, 39.8% White, 2.6% Asian, 1.4% Black, 0.06% Native American, and 2.8% of two or more races.[12]

There were 3,651 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.0% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 12.0% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 106.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,333, and the median income for a family was $44,841. Males had a median income of $26,162 versus $20,450 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,682. About 10.1% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.7% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Guymon is a hub for the local economy, which includes wheat farming, livestock and dairy farming, manufacturing, and oil and natural gas production. A United States soil conservation station is located nearby. Local manufacturers produce agricultural tillage tools, pressure tanks, and formula feeds. The hamlet of Goodwell, Oklahoma, home of Oklahoma Panhandle State University, lies 11 miles (18 km) to the southwest of Guymon.

Opening of the Hugoton-Panhandle Gas Field led to the establishment of two carbon black plants, the Dandee Manufacturing Company (makers of farming equipment), an ice plant, the OK Welding Manufacturing Company, a feed mill, the Phillips Petroleum cracking plant, and the Southwestern Public Service Company generating plant. The Guymon Municipal Hospital (later renamed Memorial Hospital of Texas County) opened in 1949.[6]

The city's largest employer, Seaboard pork processing plant, operates at double shift capacity and processes about 18,000 hogs each day, and its 2,300 employees make up about 20% of the entire city's population. Hitch Ranch, which began opening cattle feed lots during the 1960s, is the city's second largest employer. A Swift and Company packing plant is located near Hitch Ranch. The City of Guymon, the Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, and the hospital round out the list of top employers.[6]

A movement to harness wind power for electricity generation began a large-scale boom in the Guymon area in 2011. The DeWind Company had two 40 megawatt projects on line (near Goodwell) in 2012, while a 200 megawatt project has been announced.[13]

Education[edit]

Guymon residents are served by the Guymon School District. The city has eight elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school, whose team mascot is the Tiger.[14]

Elementary Schools
Middle School
High School

Government[edit]

Guymon has a council-manager form of government,[6]

Media[edit]

Guymon has one newspaper and three radio stations

Recreation[edit]

  • Sunset Hills golf course - an 18-hole par-71 municipal course open to members and guests in Guymon.
  • Sunset Lake and Thompson Park - a 32-acre stocked municipal lake is open to fishing year-round, with paddle boats, an operating miniature train, ducks to be fed, playground equipment for children, picnic tables, and covered pavilions.
  • No Mans Land Rifle & Pistol Club - A 50-station handgun and rimfire rifle range open to members of the club, located near Sunset Lake and Thompson Park, and open for use during daylight hours.

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Guymon Municipal Airport is a city-owned, public-use airport located two nautical miles (3.7 km) west of the central business district of Guymon.

Notable people[edit]

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