May, Oklahoma

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May, Oklahoma
Town
Location in Harper County and the state of Oklahoma.
Location in Harper County and the state of Oklahoma.
Coordinates: 36°37′00″N 99°44′58″W / 36.61667°N 99.74944°W / 36.61667; -99.74944
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Harper
Area
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,041 ft (622 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 39
 • Density 200/sq mi (78/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73851
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-47000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1095185[2]

May is a town in Harper County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 39 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

May is located at 36°37′00″N 99°44′58″W / 36.616536°N 99.749363°W / 36.616536; -99.749363Coordinates: 36°37′00″N 99°44′58″W / 36.616536°N 99.749363°W / 36.616536; -99.749363 (36.616536, -99.749363).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land. May was served by the Northwestern District of the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad until that line's abandonment in January 1973.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920324
1930258−20.4%
1940239−7.4%
1950143−40.2%
197091
199042
200033−21.4%
20103918.2%
Est. 201540[5]2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 33 people, 17 households, and 7 families residing in the town. The population density was 183.6 people per square mile (70.8/km²). There were 27 housing units at an average density of 150.2 per square mile (57.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.03% of the population.

There were 17 households out of which 17.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, and 58.8% were non-families. 47.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.94 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the town, the population was spread out with 18.2% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 33.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 120.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 145.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,625, and the median income for a family was $50,313. Males had a median income of $30,833 versus $19,167 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,319. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.

May in Pop Culture[edit]

May is the hometown of one of the major characters of Stephen King's The Stand, the mentally retarded Tom Cullen, who meets the deaf-mute drifter Nick Andros after Cullen gets drunk and passes out in the middle of the road. Andros mistakenly believes Cullen is dead and careens off his bike.

King's version of May is markedly different from the real thing, as he presents it as a small town that includes a number of businesses and homes, when in reality the town is much smaller; there is a single business, May Country Store, that serves food, fuel, and cold beer.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Hofsommer, Donovan L. (1976). Katy Northwest: The Story of a Branch Line Railroad. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253336368. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016. 

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