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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Price Tower, located in downtown Bartlesville, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Location of Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°44′50″N 95°57′34″W / 36.74722°N 95.95944°W / 36.74722; -95.95944Coordinates: 36°44′50″N 95°57′34″W / 36.74722°N 95.95944°W / 36.74722; -95.95944
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Counties Washington, Osage
Area
 - Total 21.1 sq mi (54.7 km2)
 - Land 21.1 sq mi (54.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 705 ft (215 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 34,748
 Density 1,646.4/sq mi (635.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 74003-74006
Area code(s) 918
FIPS code 40-04450[1]
GNIS feature ID 1089874[2]
Website www.cityofbartlesville.org

Bartlesville is a city in Osage and Washington counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 34,748 at the 2000 census. Bartlesville is located forty-seven miles north of Tulsa and very close to Oklahoma's northern border with Kansas. It is the county seat of Washington County,[3] in which most of the city lies.

Bartlesville is notable as the longtime home of Phillips Petroleum Company, now merged with Conoco as ConocoPhillips. Frank Phillips, who has a principal street named after him (the hospital is named after his wife Jane), founded Phillips Petroleum in Bartlesville in 1905 when the area was still Indian Territory. Phillips has always been the largest employer. Chiefly white-collar workers are employed by ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville, as the industrial extraction and refining work is done elsewhere in the state and throughout the world.

The city has one daily newspaper and several radio stations. It is one of two places in Oklahoma where a Lenape Native American tribe lives, the other being Anadarko.

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Economy

Prior to its dissolution, Phillips Petroleum Company had its headquarters in Bartlesville.[4][5] After ConocoPhillips formed, absorbing Phillips, ConocoPhillips established a global systems and services office in Bartlesville. The office, with almost 2,200 employees and over 500 contractors as of 2005, also has corporate and human resources functions.[6]

Phillips Petroleum had a large presence in Bartlesville. A writer for The News Tribune said "I never quite understood why the town where I spent my high school years wasn't named Phillipsburg. Nearly everything else in town was named after the Phillips Petroleum Co. or its founder."[7]

Education

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Primary and scondary schools

Public schools

Bartlesville Public Schools operates public schools. Bartlesville's public schools include eight elementary (PreK-5) sites, Central and Madison middle schools (6-8), Mid-High (9-10), and the Senior High (11-12).

Private schools

Private schools in Bartlesville include St. John School, a Catholic school, American Christian School, and the Wesleyan Christian School, which is affiliated with First Wesleyan Church. Some students also attend Tulsa-area private high schools.

Higher education

Oklahoma Wesleyan University, a private religious school affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, currently enrolls over 400 students at the main campus in Bartlesville, and over 700 students attend the local Rogers State University campus downtown.

CareerTech

Career and technical training is provided by Tri County Technology Center, which offers several programs for high-school and adult students along with short-term courses.

Geography

Bartlesville is located at 36°44′50″N 95°57′34″W / 36.74722°N 95.95944°W / 36.74722; -95.95944 (36.747193, -95.959498)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.1 square miles (54.7 km²), of which, 21.1 square miles (54.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.09%) is water.

The Caney River flows through Bartlesville separating the downtown area from the east side. The river flooded in October 1986 due to above average rainfall. The city was split in half for several days and the flood caused considerable property damage. The river left its banks again in June 2007, cresting five feet below the 1986 crest.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 34,748 people, 14,565 households, and 9,831 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,646.4 people per square mile (635.5/km²). There were 16,091 housing units at an average density of 762.4/sq mi (294.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.09% White, 3.20% African American, 7.18% Native American, 0.96% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.02% from other races, and 5.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.02% of the population.

There were 14,565 households out of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% 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.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,827, and the median income for a family was $44,617. Males had a median income of $35,699 versus $23,071 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,195. About 9.4% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.

Tourism

Price Tower, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, stands in downtown Bartlesville. The nearby Bartlesville Community Center, designed by William Wesley Peters, one of Wright's students, hosts the "OK MOZART" International Festival, an annual week-long music event in June. Begun in 1985 organized around the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the festival features performances of classical, jazz, light opera, and more. World-renowned musicians who have performed at OK Mozart include Itzhak Perlman, Joyce Yang, Joshua Bell, and André Watts.

The city also hosts several annual festivals and shows. Sunfest includes three festivals scheduled the first weekend of June: an arts and crafts show and music festival in Sooner Park, a classic cars show in Johnstone Park, and a biplane show at the Bartlesville Airport. A second classic air show and festival in the fall. An Indian Summer Festival held at the Community Center each fall. A youth concert venue called The Wherehouse hosts Christian rock and alternative rock bands and artists several times a month.

Frank Phillips' former home in Bartlesville is a museum maintained by the Oklahoma Historical Society. His ranch and retreat about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Bartlesville is called Woolaroc (a portmanteau of the words woods, lakes, rocks). A working ranch of 3,700 acres (15 km²), Woolaroc houses a museum exhibiting Phillips' extensive Native American, western, and fine art collections. It holds one of the most complete private collections of Colt firearms in the world. The property includes the Phillips family's lodge and mausoleum, along with a huge wildlife preserve with herds of American Bison, elk, Texas longhorn cattle, water buffalo, zebra, and more than 20 other animal species.

A Wall of Honor is located near Washington Park Mall, with names of service members listed on panels beside cabinets that display military artifacts, photos, story boards, POW/MIA listings, and other exhibits. A special display honors Lance Corporal Thomas A. Blair, Oklahoma's first casualty during the Iraq War.

Bruce Goff designed Shin'enKan ("The House of the Far Away Heart") in 1956. Built for Joe D. Price as his house and studio, it was destroyed by fire in December 1996.

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