Location of Soper, Oklahoma
|• Total||0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)|
|• Land||0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||535 ft (163 m)|
|• Density||965/sq mi (372.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1098199|
Soper is a town in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 261 at the 2010 census. The town was named for P.L. Soper, who was an attorney for the Arkansas and Choctaw Railway.
Soper has a volunteer fire department, local gas station and market, a pizza parlor and movie rental outlet, and several prominent families that have been in the area for many years.
As of the census of 2000, there were 600 people, 432 households, and 74 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,191.8 people per square mile (463.3/km²). There were 159 housing units at an average density of 631.7 per square mile (245.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 74.33% White, 19.33% Native American, and 6.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.
There were 132 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18, 40.2% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were nonfamilies. Of all households 41.7% were made up of individuals, and 25.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27, and the average family size was 3.13.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 73.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $13,875, and the median income for a family was $18,333. Males had a median income of $16,875 versus $16,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $7,814. About 35.1% of families and 44.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.5% of those under the age of 18 and 50.8% of those 65 or over.
Surrounding smaller communities in the area include Buckhorn, Bluff, Gay, Nelson, and Sugar Creek, most of which were small school districts, many of which still stand today, before they were closed and the students began using the Soper public school system.
The Soper High School baseball team has been in the state tournament many times, since its debut in the fall of 1992, and finally won the state championship in the spring of 2009.
- Ray Wylie Hubbard, Texas country singer and songwriter
- Freckles Brown, born Warren Granger Brown, rodeo performer known for riding the "unrideable" bull Tornado in 1967, owned and lived on a ranch near Soper.
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