Waurika, Oklahoma

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Waurika is a city in Jefferson County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,988 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County[3]. The name is the Comanche compound woarʉhka 'worm eater' from woa 'worm' + tʉhka 'eat' and presumably refers to a group of Comanche living in the area or to some early European settlers. Such humorous insulting names were common in Comanche culture.

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Geography

Waurika is located at 34°10′12″N 98°0′5″W / 34.17°N 98.00139°W / 34.17; -98.00139 (34.170130, -98.001268)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.8 square miles (30.7 km²), of which, 11.8 square miles (30.6 km²) of it is land and 0.08% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,988 people, 741 households, and 500 families residing in the city. The population density was 168.0 people per square mile (64.9/km²). There were 929 housing units at an average density of 78.5/sq mi (30.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.41% White, 1.81% African American, 4.28% Native American, 3.37% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.36% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.00% of the population.

There were 741 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

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