Ames, Oklahoma

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Ames is a town in Major County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 199 at the 2000 census.



Ames is located at 36°14′48″N 98°11′12″W / 36.24667°N 98.18667°W / 36.24667; -98.18667 (36.246619, -98.186740)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Annual events

Every year in the month of August, the town celebrates Ames Day, both to commemorate the founding of the town and to raise funds for the town's volunteer fire department. Ames Day celebrations have been known to include parades, golf tournaments, pie auctions, turtle races, greased pig chases, mutton busting competitions, chicken roping, cow patty bingo, tug of war competitions, baseball games, beard-growing contests, and husband-calling competitions. Weather permitting, the celebrations culminate each year in a huge and fantastic fireworks celebration. [1]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 199 people, 91 households, and 61 families residing in the town. The population density was 674.9 people per square mile (264.9/km²). There were 110 housing units at an average density of 373.0/sq mi (146.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.99% White, 2.01% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.52% of the population.

There were 91 households out of which 23.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.1% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,563, and the median income for a family was $33,438. Males had a median income of $26,563 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,566. About 19.7% of families and 22.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 46.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 14.0% of those sixty five or over.

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