Slaughterville, Oklahoma

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Slaughterville, Oklahoma
"Dedicated to Country Living"
Location of Slaughterville in Cleveland County and Oklahoma
Location of Slaughterville in Cleveland County and Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°5′1″N 97°17′13″W / 35.08361°N 97.28694°W / 35.08361; -97.28694Coordinates: 35°5′1″N 97°17′13″W / 35.08361°N 97.28694°W / 35.08361; -97.28694
CountryUnited States
 • Total38.5 sq mi (99.6 km2)
 • Land38.1 sq mi (98.7 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
1,119 ft (341 m)
 • Total4,137
 • Density110/sq mi (42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
FIPS code40-67950[2]
GNIS feature ID1100833[3]

Slaughterville is a town in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States, and located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,137.[1]

The community is made up of mostly homes on acreages so it has retained a rural type of land use. Much of the area is wooded and has a natural scenic outdoor appeal to residents and visitors.


Slaughterville was named after a grocery store run by James Slaughter in the early 20th century.[4][5]

The site was located in the Unassigned Lands of Indian Territory. It was opened to settlement in the Land Run of 1889. The first building was erected in the same year. The town did not incorporate until 1970, to avoid annexation by either Norman, Noble, or Lexington.[6]

Slaughterville encompassed 27 square miles (70 km2) at incorporation. It deannexed about 40 percent of the area during the 1980s, but later annexed more land and by 2000 had an area of 38.108 square miles (98.70 km2).[6]

The town name was the subject of controversy in 2004 when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked Slaughterville to rename the town to Veggieville, offering a donation of $20,000 of veggie burgers as incentive. Slaughterville's town council heard presentations by members of PETA and local citizens before voting against the suggestion.[7]


Slaughterville is located in southern Cleveland County at 35°5′1″N 97°17′13″W / 35.08361°N 97.28694°W / 35.08361; -97.28694 (35.083584, -97.286945).[8] It is bordered to the north by the city of Norman and to the northwest by Noble. Part of its western border touches the Canadian River, across which is McClain County.

U.S. Route 77 passes through the town, leading north 33 miles (53 km) to the center of Oklahoma City and south 6 miles (9.7 km) to Purcell.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Slaughterville has a total area of 38.5 square miles (99.6 km2), of which 38.1 square miles (98.7 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), or 0.91%, is water.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20164,246[10]2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

In 2015, there were 4,217 people,[12] 1,431 households, and 1,119 families[13] residing in the town. The population density was 110.7 people per square mile (42.7/km²). There were 1,614 housing units at an average density of 42.4 per square mile (16.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.1% White, 6.6% Native American, and 7.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 1,431 households out of which 35.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families. 14.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 19.9% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.[14]

The median income for a household in the town was $50,982, and the median income for a family was $55,023. The per capita income for the town was $20,011. About 7.4% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.[15]

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  1. ^ a b "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Slaughterville, Oklahoma". Town of Slaughterville.
  5. ^ "PETA Has a Beef With Slaughterville". Fox News. February 16, 2004. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  6. ^ a b O'Dell, Larry. Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. "Slaughterville." Retrieved December 1, 2012.[1]
  7. ^ " - Sorry PETA, the name sticks".
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Slaughterville town, Oklahoma". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results".
  13. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results".
  14. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results".
  15. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results".

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