Choctaw, Oklahoma

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Choctaw is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma. Choctaw physically became a community in 1890, but was not given actual status as a town until 1893 when a territorial governor was appointed for Oklahoma. It officially celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1993.[3] In 1950 Choctaw was in an agricultural area. It had a population of 355 in that year.[4]

Before Choctaw was chartered, the area included a part of William McClure's 7C Ranch and was known for a trading post and a camping spot near a spring.[5]

A community emerged on the east 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land John S. Muzzy claimed in the 1889 land run and received a postal designation in early 1890.[5]

The town incorporated April 1904. When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, the town had 230 residents, four churches, a school, a bank, a newspaper and telephone service. By 1909, the town had three gins. The population grew very little during the Great Depression.[5]



Choctaw is located at 35°28′57″N 97°16′2″W / 35.4825°N 97.26722°W / 35.4825; -97.26722 (35.482383, -97.267330)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.1 square miles (70.2 km²), of which, 27.1 square miles (70.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.07%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,377 people, 3,450 households, and 2,808 families residing in the city. The population density was 346.4 people per square mile (133.7/km²). There were 3,617 housing units at an average density of 133.6/sq mi (51.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.80% White, 1.64% African American, 3.70% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 4.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

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