Seiling, Oklahoma

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Seiling, Oklahoma
Downtown Seiling
Downtown Seiling
Location of Seiling, Oklahoma
Location of Seiling, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°08′56″N 98°55′30″W / 36.149°N 98.925°W / 36.149; -98.925Coordinates: 36°08′56″N 98°55′30″W / 36.149°N 98.925°W / 36.149; -98.925
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.822762 sq mi (2.130943 km2)
 • Land0.822762 sq mi (2.130943 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,749 ft (533 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total860
 • Density1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code73663
Area code(s)580
FIPS code40-66250[1]
GNIS feature ID1097902[2]

Seiling is a city in Dewey County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 860 at the 2010 census. The town was named in 1899 for Louis Seiling, a local store owner who had acquired a homestead in the Cheyenne-Arapaho land run of April 1892. The Hobson Town and Improvement Company established a town called Hobson, but the name was changed to Seiling in January 1899. It incorporated in 1909. Seiling is now the largest city in Dewey County.[3]


Seiling developed as a local agricultural center and became the largest town in Dewey County despite the fact that the nearest railroad depot was in Canton, more than 25 miles (40 km) away . Moreover, there were no bridges across either of the Canadian rivers until 1906. A horse racing track was built in 1903.[3]


Seiling is located at 36°8′55″N 98°55′30″W / 36.14861°N 98.92500°W / 36.14861; -98.92500 (36.148579, -98.925123).[4] It is immediately south of the North Canadian River and 7 miles (11 km) north of the Canadian River, 10 miles (16 km) from Taloga, the county seat.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015882[5]2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the 2010 census, there were 860 people, 325 households, and 216 families residing in the city.[7] The population density was 1,000 people per square mile (400/km²). There were 402 housing units at an average density of 488.6 per square mile (786.3/km²). Residents self-identified as 95.1% white, 12.7% Native American, 4.9% of mixed heritage, 1.6% Asian, and 0.1% African American.[7] Hispanic or Latino Americans made up 3.7% of the population.[7]

There were 325 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 12% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families.[7] Individuals living alone accounted for 31.1% of households.[7] The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.24.[7] The median age was 37.9 years.[7]

The median income for a household in the city was $45,650, and the median income for a family was $58,466.[8] Males who were employed full-time had a median income of $43,333. Females who were employed full-time had a median income of $32,500.[8] The per capita income for the city was $24,410.[8] Below the poverty line were 9.7% of people, 10.3% of families, 13% of those under 18 and 11.6% of those over 64.[8]


The local economy has been based on agriculture since the land was opened to non-Indian settlement. The major crops initially were broomcorn and cotton. Seiling soon had a cotton gin and a feed mill. Wheat and rye became important crops before World War I. In 1918, the Seiling Milling Company opened a flour mill and marketed "White Rose Special" flour until it closed in 1952.[3]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "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 d Everett, Dianna. "Seiling," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 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". Archived from the original on July 14, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Demographic Profile Data for Seiling city, Oklahoma at American FactFinder (accessed September 19, 2013)
  8. ^ a b c d U.S. Census Bureau, 2007-2011 American Community Survey, accessed via American FactFinder database search of Seiling city, Oklahoma on September 19, 2013.