Wagoner County, Oklahoma

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Wagoner County
Wagoner County Courthouse in Wagoner
Wagoner County Courthouse in Wagoner
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Wagoner County
Location within the U.S. state of Oklahoma
Map of the United States highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°58′N 95°31′W / 35.96°N 95.52°W / 35.96; -95.52
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Founded1907[1]
Named forHenry "Bigfoot" Wagoner[1]
SeatWagoner
Largest cityCoweta
Area
 • Total591 sq mi (1,530 km2)
 • Land562 sq mi (1,460 km2)
 • Water29 sq mi (80 km2)  4.9%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total73,085
 • Estimate 
(2019)
81,289
 • Density144/sq mi (56/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitewww.ok.gov/wagonercounty

Wagoner County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2020 census, the population was 80,981.[2] Its county seat is Wagoner.[3]

Wagoner County is included in the Tulsa metropolitan statistical area.

History[edit]

According to archaeological studies, this area was inhabited by Caddoan Mound Builders during 300 to 1200 AD.[1]

The western area of Wagoner County was settled by the Creek after their forced removal in Alabama in the 1820s. The eastern portion of the county was settled by the Cherokee.[1]

During the Civil War in 1865, the present county was the scene of the Battle of Flat Rock (also known as the Hay Camp Action). Confederate troops led by Brig. General Stand Watie and Brig. General Richard Gano captured 85 Union troops and killed even more who were harvesting hay.[1]

In 1905, the Sequoyah Convention proposed creating two counties from this area. The western half would be named Coweta and the eastern half would have been named Tumechichee. However, failure of the attempt to create the state of Sequoyah negated the proposal. In 1907 at Oklahoma statehood, Wagoner County was organized. The towns of Porter and Coweta vied with Wagoner as the county seat. The county was named after the town of Wagoner, which won the election. The town was named after Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner, a Katy Railroad dispatcher from Parsons, Kansas.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 591 sq mi (1,530 km2), of which 29|sqmi|abbr=on}} (4.9%) are covered by water.[4] It is part of the Ozark Highlands. The Verdigris River divides the east and west parts of the county. The Arkansas River forms part of the western and southern boundaries. Grand River also flows south through the county. It was dammed in 1942 to create Fort Gibson Lake.[1]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
191022,086
192021,371−3.2%
193022,4284.9%
194021,642−3.5%
195016,741−22.6%
196015,673−6.4%
197022,16341.4%
198041,80188.6%
199047,88314.5%
200057,49120.1%
201073,08527.1%
202080,98110.8%
2021 (est.)84,050[5]3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2019[10]

As of the census[11] of 2010, 73,085 people were in the county. The population density was 47.7/km2. The 29,694 housing units averaged 55.9/sq mi (19.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.07% White, 3.75% African American, 9.38% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 5.41% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.50% of the population.

Of the 21,010 households, 37.40% had children under 18 living with them, 65.90% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.50% were not families. About 17.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.73, and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the age distribution was 28.10% under 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $56,819, and for a family was $62,997. The per capita income for the county was $24,976. About 8.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.[12]

Politics[edit]

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of July 31, 2022[13]
Party Number of Voters Percentage
Republican 29,092 60.51%
Democratic 11,518 23.96%
Libertarian 386 0.8%
Unaffiliated 7,084 14.73%
Total 48,080 100%
United States presidential election results for Wagoner County, Oklahoma[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 26,165 74.04% 8,464 23.95% 709 2.01%
2016 23,005 73.50% 6,723 21.48% 1,572 5.02%
2012 20,900 72.85% 7,791 27.15% 0 0.00%
2008 21,441 70.88% 8,810 29.12% 0 0.00%
2004 19,081 67.57% 9,157 32.43% 0 0.00%
2000 12,981 60.33% 8,244 38.31% 292 1.36%
1996 9,392 48.02% 7,749 39.62% 2,417 12.36%
1992 9,053 42.05% 7,041 32.70% 5,435 25.25%
1988 10,219 57.68% 7,378 41.64% 121 0.68%
1984 12,534 69.97% 5,271 29.43% 108 0.60%
1980 8,969 60.90% 5,235 35.55% 523 3.55%
1976 5,071 45.86% 5,879 53.17% 107 0.97%
1972 6,569 72.13% 2,257 24.78% 281 3.09%
1968 3,187 41.76% 2,183 28.60% 2,262 29.64%
1964 2,840 41.78% 3,957 58.22% 0 0.00%
1960 3,570 56.87% 2,707 43.13% 0 0.00%
1956 3,537 58.16% 2,544 41.84% 0 0.00%
1952 3,321 52.82% 2,966 47.18% 0 0.00%
1948 2,666 44.03% 3,389 55.97% 0 0.00%
1944 3,467 59.29% 2,373 40.58% 8 0.14%
1940 4,647 61.00% 2,946 38.67% 25 0.33%
1936 2,119 41.41% 2,977 58.18% 21 0.41%
1932 1,505 27.26% 4,015 72.74% 0 0.00%
1928 2,726 60.62% 1,745 38.80% 26 0.58%
1924 1,646 42.17% 1,985 50.86% 272 6.97%
1920 1,432 48.30% 1,375 46.37% 158 5.33%
1916 749 35.80% 1,040 49.71% 303 14.48%
1912 555 32.55% 888 52.08% 262 15.37%


Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated places[edit]

Former community[edit]

  • New Tulsa, dissolved in 2001, now part of Broken Arrow

Education[edit]

School districts (all full K-12) include:[15]

National Register of Historic Places[edit]

First Presbyterian Church of Coweta
The Cobb Building

These in Wagoner County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g McMahan, Liz. "Wagoner County - Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture". Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 6, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 10, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ American Factfinder. Accessed April 29, 2013.
  13. ^ "Current Registration Statistics by County" (PDF). ok.gov. July 31, 2022. Retrieved August 6, 2022.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Wagoner County, OK" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 23, 2022. - Text list

Coordinates: 35°58′N 95°31′W / 35.96°N 95.52°W / 35.96; -95.52