Waynoka, Oklahoma

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Waynoka, Oklahoma
Location of Waynoka, Oklahoma
Location of Waynoka, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°35′05″N 98°52′43″W / 36.5846437°N 98.8785312°W / 36.5846437; -98.8785312Coordinates: 36°35′05″N 98°52′43″W / 36.5846437°N 98.8785312°W / 36.5846437; -98.8785312
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Woods
 • Total 0.989141 sq mi (2.561864 km2)
 • Land 0.989141 sq mi (2.561864 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,476 ft (450 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 927
 • Density 940/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73860
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-79350[1]
GNIS feature ID 1099446[2]

Waynoka is a city in Woods County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 927 at the 2010 census. Little Sahara State Park is 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the city.


Waynoka is located at 36°35′3″N 98°52′47″W / 36.58417°N 98.87972°W / 36.58417; -98.87972 (36.584060, -98.879714).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all of it land.

Little Sahara State Park is 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the city. The park offers over 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of rideable sand dunes ranging in height from 25 to 75 feet (23 m).


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2015966[4]4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 993 people, 453 households, and 252 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,034.0 people per square mile (399.4/km²). There were 582 housing units at an average density of 606.0 per square mile (234.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.65% White, 2.32% African American, 1.51% Native American, 1.01% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.14% of the population.

There were 453 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 42.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,708, and the median income for a family was $28,833. Males had a median income of $24,063 versus $16,731 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,493. About 13.5% of families and 16.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.8% of those under age 18 and 9.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable events[edit]

Waynoka was an important stop on the pioneering route of Transcontinental Air Transport ("TAT"). Starting in 1929, TAT offered 48-hour coast-to-coast passenger transport utilizing not only its own Ford Trimotor aircraft, but also the sleeper services of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad for the two overnight segments of the long trip. Waynoka was the point at which passengers transferred from the TAT plane to the Santa Fe train (going westbound), or from the Santa Fe train to the TAT plane (going eastbound).[6]Amelia Earhart also came to Waynoka by the TAT.[7]


External links[edit]

Waynoka History