Oologah, Oklahoma

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Oologah is a town in Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 883 at the 2000 census. In 1991 a devastating tornado destroyed the north side of Oologah, including the town's public school. Renowned humorist Will Rogers was born on a ranch two miles east of Oologah, though he usually claimed Claremore as his birthplace, "because nobody but an Indian can pronounce 'Oologah.'"[2]

Oologah was named for Oologah (Dark Cloud), a Cherokee chief.[3] The post office was opened May 25, 1891.



Oologah is located at 36°26′36″N 95°42′34″W / 36.44333°N 95.70944°W / 36.44333; -95.70944 (36.443268, -95.709399)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 883 people, 342 households, and 258 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,039.5 people per square mile (401.1/km²). There were 366 housing units at an average density of 430.9/sq mi (166.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.12% White, 0.11% African American, 13.36% Native American, 0.11% from other races, and 15.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 342 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.3% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.03.

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