Porum, Oklahoma

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Porum, Oklahoma
Town
Location of Porum, Oklahoma
Location of Porum, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°21′30″N 95°15′57″W / 35.35833°N 95.26583°W / 35.35833; -95.26583Coordinates: 35°21′30″N 95°15′57″W / 35.35833°N 95.26583°W / 35.35833; -95.26583
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Muskogee
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (1.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 591 ft (180 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 725
 • Density 964.3/sq mi (372.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74455
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-60250[1]
GNIS feature ID 1096845[2]

Porum is a town in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States. It was named for John Porum Davis, a rancher, Civil War veteran, and Cherokee Nation councilman from the Canadian District in Indian Territory. The community was first known as Porum Gap, which united with another village named Starvilla in 1905. The product of this union became the present town of Porum. The population was 727 at the 2010 census, an 0.3 percent increase from 725 at the 2000 census.[3]

History[edit]

The area is rich in history, including that of the Starr clan who were of the Cherokee "Treaty faction" and became immersed in troubles during the early turbulent days of Cherokee Nation. They were attacked by, and counterattacked, men of the Ross faction. Tom Starr was alleged to have killed 100 men in his time, although the figure may be exaggerated. Tom was a half-blood, Irish and Cherokee, and had five sons, one of whom was Sam who became the husband of Belle Starr, forever linked with the history of Porum. In later years, Pony Starr who lived on the edge of Porum was involved in the Porum Range War and was regarded as the straightest shot and most fearless man of his clan.

A post office was established in Porum Gap March 25, 1890. The Midland Valley Railroad came to the Porum area in 1903. The town of Porum was formed in 1905, following the merger of Porum Gap and Starvilla.[3]

Geography[edit]

Porum is located at 35°21′30″N 95°15′57″W / 35.35833°N 95.26583°W / 35.35833; -95.26583 (35.358228, -95.265930).[4] It is about 30 miles (48 km) south of Muskogee, the county seat.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), of which, 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (2.56%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 548
1920 533 −2.7%
1930 471 −11.6%
1940 502 6.6%
1950 616 22.7%
1960 573 −7.0%
1970 658 14.8%
1980 668 1.5%
1990 851 27.4%
2000 725 −14.8%
2010 727 0.3%
Est. 2015 714 [5] −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 725 people, 301 households, and 202 families residing in the town. The population density was 964.3 people per square mile (373.2/km²). There were 341 housing units at an average density of 453.6 per square mile (175.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 61.79% White, 1.52% African American, 28.83% Native American, 0.14% from other races, and 7.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 301 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,009, and the median income for a family was $19,474. Males had a median income of $25,357 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,147. About 35.3% of families and 41.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 51.0% of those under age 18 and 33.0% of those age 65 or over.

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. ^ a b c Ellen Collins Johnson, "Porum," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Accessed May 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.