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Erick, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Location of Erick, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°12′49″N 99°52′11″W / 35.21361°N 99.86972°W / 35.21361; -99.86972
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Beckham
 - Total 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 - Land 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,064 ft (629 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,023
 - Density 1,040.3/sq mi (401.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73645
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-24200[1]
GNIS feature ID 1092634[2]

Erick (pronounced /ˈɪərɪk/ "ear-ick") is a city in Beckham County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,023 at the 2000 census.


Country musicians

Erick was home to two of Country music's more idiosyncratic performers. Sheb Wooley, the actor, songwriter, and singer who recorded the saga of the "one-eyed one-horned flying purple people eater" was born there in 1921. Roger Miller, country superstar and author of "King of the Road," "Dang Me," "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd," and many others, was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but grew up in Erick from the age of three. Herbert Mayfield, one of the Mayfield Brothers of West Texas, was born in Erick but moved to Dimmitt, Texas, when he was ten years of age.

Erick is now home to the Mediocre Music Makers at the Sand Hills Meat Market.


Erick is located at 35°12′49″N 99°52′11″W / 35.21361°N 99.86972°W / 35.21361; -99.86972 (35.213549, -99.869821)[3], elevation 2,060 feet (628 m).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.5 km²), all of it land.

Erick is located just south of I-40 and has its own business route from that highway (Also U.S. 66) In addition, the town is served by State Highway 30.

Erick is the approximate halfway point on I-40 from Asheville, North Carolina, to Barstow, California, the terminus of I-40 West, and is a good break point for transcontinental travelers to pull off, rest or rent a motel room—if they do not do so at an earlier point. For travelers coming from the I-40 East terminus in Wilmington, North Carolina, the halfway point will occur earlier.

Erick is also located on Historic U.S. 66.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,023 people, 429 households, and 272 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,040.3 people per square mile (403.0/km²). There were 556 housing units at an average density of 565.4/sq mi (219.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.45% White, 0.10% African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 2.05% from other races, and 3.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.69% of the population.

There were 429 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.3% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 83.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,346, and the median income for a family was $28,977. Males had a median income of $23,482 versus $16,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,855. About 22.5% of families and 25.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.4% of those under age 18 and 15.8% of those age 65 or over.

National Register of Historic Places

  • First National Bank
  • West Winds Motel


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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