Woodward County, Oklahoma

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Woodward County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 18,486. Its county seat is Woodward[1]. Woodward County was originally known as "N" County and was composed of present day Woodward County and portions of Harper, Ellis, and Woods County. Before its division at statehood, Woodward County, then 60 miles square, was the westernmost county of the Cherokee Outlet and adjoined Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle on the west and Kansas on the north. Political pressure applied by William H. Murray during Oklahoma's Constitutional Convention resulted in the reduction of the size of Woodward County to its present boundaries. It is unknown exactly who the county (and the town) is named after, but the two leading candidates are Brinton W. Woodward, a Santa Fe railway director, or Richard Woodward, a buffalo hunter.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,246 square miles (3,227 km²), of which 1,242 square miles (3,218 km²) is land and 4 square miles (10 km²) (0.30%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 18,486 people, 7,141 households, and 5,077 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 8,341 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.23% White, 1.10% Black or African American, 2.07% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.50% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. 4.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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