Harrah, Oklahoma

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Harrah is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Located 25 miles (40 km) east of downtown Oklahoma City, Harrah had a population of 5,148 people as of 2009.[3]



Harrah is located at 35°28′34″N 97°11′2″W / 35.47611°N 97.18389°W / 35.47611; -97.18389 (35.476163, -97.183803)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.9 square miles (30.7 km²), all land. The city's elevation is 925 feet (282 m) above sea level.[3]


The land that would become the town of Harrah had its first settler, Louis Navarre, in the 1870s.[5] Two decades later, E.W. Sweeney began the operation of a ferry in 1891.[5] Frank Harrah, for whom the town is named, purchased 40 acres (160,000 m2) from Louis Navarre's allotement in April 1898 and early settlers included a large number of Poles.[5]

Originally named Sweeney, the town was renamed Harrah on December 22, 1898 and was incorporated in 1908.[5]

In the 1940s Harrah was a center of cotton ginning. Its population was 741 in 1950.[6] By 1990 4,206 people lived in Harrah.[7]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,719 people, 1,736 households, and 1,331 families residing in the city. The population density was 397.9 people per square mile (153.6/km²). There were 1,859 housing units at an average density of 156.7/sq mi (60.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.92% White, 0.68% African American, 6.27% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 4.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.48% of the population.

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