Byng, Oklahoma

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Byng is a town in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,090 at the 2000 census.

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History

The beginnings of the town of Byng were established in 1917 with the building of a post office and power plant (about five miles north of Ada). The post office and power plant were named to honor the World War I exploits of General Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy. The town was not formally formed until 1922 when the remains of two other communities were merged into Byng. Tyrola, about a mile north of Byng was almost wiped out by a flooding of the South Canadian River in 1914. New Bethel, also approximately a mile north of present day Byng, but lying east of Tyrola, had also been formed. The school at New Bethel and the school at Tyrola were combined to create New Bethel Consolidated Number 3 in 1925, and the name was changed to Byng in 1929. The town incorporated in 1972.[3]

Geography

Byng is located at 34°51′46″N 96°40′8″W / 34.86278°N 96.66889°W / 34.86278; -96.66889 (34.862761, -96.668820).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,090 people, 389 households, and 310 families residing in the town. The population density was 167.1 people per square mile (64.5/km²). There were 434 housing units at an average density of 66.5/sq mi (25.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 74.50% White, 2.02% African American, 16.15% Native American, 1.65% from other races, and 5.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.30% of the population.

There were 389 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.8% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.3% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.14.

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