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Boise City, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Location of Boise City, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°43′48″N 102°30′41″W / 36.73°N 102.51139°W / 36.73; -102.51139Coordinates: 36°43′48″N 102°30′41″W / 36.73°N 102.51139°W / 36.73; -102.51139
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Cimarron
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 - Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,167 ft (1,270 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,483
 Density 1,180.6/sq mi (455.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73933
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-07300[1]
GNIS feature ID 1090365[2]

Boise City is a city in and the county seat of Cimarron County, Oklahoma, United States.[3] The population was 1,483 at the 2000 census.

'Boise' is pronounced to rhyme with 'voice' (as opposed to "boy-see", like the city in Idaho).

The actress Vera Miles was born in Boise City in 1929.



Boise City is located at 36°43′48″N 102°30′41″W / 36.73°N 102.51139°W / 36.73; -102.51139 (36.730115, -102.511419)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.

Boise City is closer to the capitals of both Colorado and New Mexico than it is to Oklahoma City. Denver, CO is 303 miles (488 km) and Santa Fe, NM is 261 miles (420 km), while Oklahoma City is 326 miles (525 km) away.

From Boise City, one can drive to four other states in under an hour. No other region west of the Mississippi River allows access to as many states (five, including Oklahoma) in this amount of time.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,483 people, 610 households, and 400 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,180.6 people per square mile (454.4/km²). There were 752 housing units at an average density of 598.7/sq mi (230.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.66% White, 0.20% African American, 1.69% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 13.35% from other races, and 2.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 21.04% of the population.

There were 610 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,071, and the median income for a family was $35,761. Males had a median income of $23,088 versus $17,679 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,821. About 14.7% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.0% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.


Boise City was founded in 1908 by developers J.E. Stanley and A.J. Kline, who published and distributed brochures promoting the town as an elegant, tree-lined city with paved streets, numerous businesses, railroad service, and an artesian well. They sold 3,000 lots to buyers who discovered, on their arrival, that none of the information in the brochure was true. Stanley and Kline were convicted of fraud and sent to Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. The town nevertheless took shape and had 250 residents by 1920.

Boise City's prosperity in the 1930s was severely affected by its location at the heart of the Dust Bowl region.

Boise City was the only city in the continental United States to be bombed during World War II. The bombing occurred on July 5, 1943, at approximately 12:30 a.m. by a B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber. This occurred because pilots performing target practice became disoriented and mistook the lights around the town square as their target. No one was killed in the attack (only practice bombs were used and the square was deserted at the time), but the pilots were embarrassed. For the 50th anniversary of the attack, the crew of the bomber was invited back to Boise City, but all members declined. The former radio operator did, however, send an audio tape that was played at the celebration.

Cimarron County Courthouse in Boise City

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