Checotah, Oklahoma

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Checotah is a city in McIntosh County, Oklahoma, United States. It was named for the first elected chief of the Creek Nation after the Civil War, Samuel Checote. The population was 3,481 at the 2000 census.

Checotah is home to a large number of antique malls, a Civil War battle site and a downtown historic district. Checotah claims to be the steer wrestling capital of the world.[citation needed] The telephone area code is 918 and the postal ZIP code is 74426.



Checotah is located at 35°28′19″N 95°31′26″W / 35.47194°N 95.52389°W / 35.47194; -95.52389 (35.471998, -95.523770)[3] at an elevation of 652 feet (199 m), nestled among the intersection of I-40 and U.S. Route 69. Nearby is Eufaula Lake, which was once the largest man-made lake in the nation, with 640 miles (1,030 km) of shoreline.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.0 sq mi (23.3 km²). 8.9 sq mi (23.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km²) of it (0.67%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,481 people, 1,389 households, and 912 families residing in the city. The population density was 389.3/sq mi (150.3/km²). There were 1,576 housing units at an average density of 176.3/sq mi (68.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.91% White, 6.92% African American, 15.91% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 8.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.29% of the population.

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