Webb City, Oklahoma

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Webb City, Oklahoma
Location of Webb City, Oklahoma
Location of Webb City, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°48′26″N 96°42′33″W / 36.80722°N 96.70917°W / 36.80722; -96.70917Coordinates: 36°48′26″N 96°42′33″W / 36.80722°N 96.70917°W / 36.80722; -96.70917
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Osage
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,099 ft (335 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 62
 • Density 378.7/sq mi (146.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 40-79600[1]
GNIS feature ID 1099455[2]

Webb City is an incorporated town in northwestern Osage County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 62 at the 2010 census, a 34.7 percent decline from 95 at the 2000 census.[3] It was named for its founder, Horace Webb, on whose land the town was founded. The Webb City post office opened December 16, 1922.[4]


Horace W, Webb, a native of Missouri, settled just south of Graniola, Oklahoma in 1910. He continued to purchase land and opened the area's first school. The town of Webb City was incorporated on his land in September 1921. The post office opened in Webb City on December 16, 1922.[4]

Webb City was located at the northern end of the Burbank Oil Field, discovered in 1920. All mineral rights in Osage County were owned by the Osage tribe. The Osage Railway built a line through the town in 1924 connecting Shidler and Lyman, Oklahoma. Although the oil find brought a degree of prosperity, Webb City never developed into a modern town. Water was scarce and there was no electricity. The business district had unpaved streets and most of the buildings were built of wood frame and false fronts.[4]

The town began to decline in the late 1920s, as the oil boom faded. In 1928, it was heavily damaged by a tornado, and many of the businesses did not rebuild. The decline continued through the Great Depression. Its high school closed in 1944, and consolidated with the high school in Shidler. The Osage Railway was abandoned in 1955.[4][5]

The 1930 census (the first census taken in Webb City) showed 493 residents. The population has declined thereafter.[4]


Webb City is located at 36°48′26″N 96°42′33″W / 36.80722°N 96.70917°W / 36.80722; -96.70917 (36.807311, -96.709265).[6] It is 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Shidler and 30 miles (48 km) northwest of Pawhuska.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 493
1940 352 −28.6%
1950 284 −19.3%
1960 233 −18.0%
1970 186 −20.2%
1980 157 −15.6%
1990 99 −36.9%
2000 95 −4.0%
2010 62 −34.7%
Est. 2015 61 [7] −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 95 people, 35 households, and 28 families residing in the town. The population density was 378.7 people per square mile (146.7/km²). There were 46 housing units at an average density of 183.4 per square mile (71.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.89% White, 10.53% Native American, and 11.58% from two or more races.

There were 35 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.4% were married couples living together, and 20.0% were non-families. 20.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town, the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 131.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $17,500. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $8,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,857. There were 23.1% of families and 37.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 54.5% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


The economy of the surrounding area relies on farming and ranching. However, most of the employed town residents work in construction or sales.[4]


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ MuniNet Guide: Webb City, Oklahoma
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Jon D. May. "Webb City." Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Accessed September 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Ghost town of Webb City, Oklahoma." Retrieved September 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.