Welling, Oklahoma

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Welling, Oklahoma
Census-designated place
Location within Cherokee County and the state of Oklahoma
Location within Cherokee County and the state of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°51′0″N 94°50′31″W / 35.85000°N 94.84194°W / 35.85000; -94.84194Coordinates: 35°51′0″N 94°50′31″W / 35.85000°N 94.84194°W / 35.85000; -94.84194
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Cherokee
 • Total 29.6 sq mi (76.7 km2)
 • Land 29.5 sq mi (76.3 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 771
 • Density 26/sq mi (10.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74471
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-79850[1]
GNIS feature ID 1099478

Welling is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, United States.[2] The population was 771 at the 2010 census, an increase of 15.25 percent from 669 at the 2000 census.[3][4] It is home to The Salvation Army's Heart o' Hills camp and conference center.


Welling is located along the eastern border of Cherokee County at 35°51′0″N 94°50′31″W / 35.85000°N 94.84194°W / 35.85000; -94.84194 (35.850112, -94.841913).[5] It is bordered to the north by Eldon, to the west by Park Hill, to the south by Tenkiller, and to the east by Adair County. Tahlequah, the Cherokee County seat, is 7 miles (11 km) to the northwest by Welling Road.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 29.6 square miles (76.7 km2), of which 29.5 square miles (76.3 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.50%, is water.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 669 people, 247 households, and 187 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 22.6 people per square mile (8.7/km²). There were 306 housing units at an average density of 10.3/sq mi (4.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 53.36% White, 38.57% Native American, 0.15% Asian, and 7.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 247 households out of which 39.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% 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 3.13.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.6 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,118, and the median income for a family was $28,500. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,859. About 21.7% of families and 27.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.8% of those under age 18 and 26.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Welling, Oklahoma
  3. ^ CensusViewer: Welling, Oklahoma Population. Accessed August 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Welling CDP, Oklahoma". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.