Scraper, Oklahoma

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Scraper, Oklahoma
Census-designated place
Location within Cherokee County and the state of Oklahoma
Location within Cherokee County and the state of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°59′0″N 94°53′41″W / 35.98333°N 94.89472°W / 35.98333; -94.89472Coordinates: 35°59′0″N 94°53′41″W / 35.98333°N 94.89472°W / 35.98333; -94.89472
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Cherokee
 • Total 5.5 sq mi (14.2 km2)
 • Land 5.4 sq mi (13.9 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 1,080 ft (330 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 191
 • Density 36/sq mi (13.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 40-66050[1]
GNIS feature ID 1100820

Scraper is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States.[2] The population was 191 as of the 2010 census.[3] The community was named for Captain Archibald Scraper of the 2nd Regiment, Indian Home Guard.


Scraper is located in eastern Cherokee County at 35°59′0″N 94°53′41″W / 35.98333°N 94.89472°W / 35.98333; -94.89472,[4] inside a large bend on the west side of the Illinois River. Much of the community is on top of Sparrow Hawk Mountain, a 1,080-foot-elevation (330 m) plateau that rises 360 feet (110 m) above the river. The CDP is bordered on the west by Oklahoma State Highway 10, which leads 6 miles (10 km) southwest to Tahlequah, the Cherokee County seat, and north 23 miles (37 km) to the town of Kansas.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Scraper CDP has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2), of which 5.4 square miles (13.9 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 2.64%, is water.[3] The area as defined for the 2010 census is significantly less than the area for the 2000 census, which was 51.6 square miles (133.6 km2).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 475 people, 189 households, and 137 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 9.2 people per square mile (3.6/km²). There were 232 housing units at an average density of 4.5/sq mi (1.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 59.37% White, 1.26% African American, 32.42% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.84% from other races, and 5.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 189 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.8% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 27.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,018, and the median income for a family was $35,313. Males had a median income of $26,111 versus $24,500 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,770. About 10.9% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Scraper, Oklahoma
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Scraper CDP, Oklahoma". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Carratello, John; Carratello, Patty (1 September 1991). A Guide for Using Where the Red Fern Grows in the Classroom. Teacher Created Resources. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-55734-400-7. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Shirk, George H.; Oklahoma Place Names; University of Oklahoma Press; Norman, Oklahoma; 1987: ISBN 0-8061-2028-2.