Rock Island, Oklahoma

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Rock Island 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 709 at the 2000 census.



Rock Island is located at 35°10′58″N 94°28′37″W / 35.18278°N 94.47694°W / 35.18278; -94.47694 (35.182759, -94.477029)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.2 square miles (31.5 km²), of which, 12.1 square miles (31.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.66%) is water.

Railroad Tunnel

Jenson Tunnel is located just northeast of Rock Island and is the only known railroad tunnel in Oklahoma. It was built by Frisco Railway in 1885 and is approximately 1,180 feet long.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 709 people, 264 households, and 213 families residing in the town. The population density was 58.6 people per square mile (22.6/km²). There were 279 housing units at an average density of 23.1/sq mi (8.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.73% White, 5.64% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.56% from other races, and 5.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.97% of the population.

There were 264 households out of which 40.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 16.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 115.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.0 males.

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