Pocola, Oklahoma

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Pocola is a town in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 3,994 at the 2000 census.


Pocola is located at 35°15′29″N 94°28′26″W / 35.25806°N 94.47389°W / 35.25806; -94.47389 (35.257983, -94.473959)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 30.5 square miles (79.0 km²), of which, 30.3 square miles (78.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (0.69%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,994 people, 1,508 households, and 1,165 families residing in the town. The population density was 131.9 people per square mile (50.9/km²). There were 1,598 housing units at an average density of 52.8/sq mi (20.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.35% White, 3.33% African American, 5.16% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 4.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.88% of the population.

There were 1,508 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 19.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 24.5% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $33,566, and the median income for a family was $37,937. Males had a median income of $30,577 versus $20,529 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,623. About 12.6% of families and 15.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 22.3% of those age 65 or over.


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