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Harrah, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Location of Harrah, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°28′34″N 97°11′2″W / 35.47611°N 97.18389°W / 35.47611; -97.18389
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Oklahoma
Area
 - Total 11.9 sq mi (30.7 km2)
 - Land 11.9 sq mi (30.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,106 ft (337 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,719
 - Density 397.9/sq mi (153.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73045
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-32750[1]
GNIS feature ID 1093561[2]

Harrah is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The population was 4,719 at the 2000 census. 10,495 are in the Harrah zip code, according to Sperling's Best Places.

Harrah is located just 25 miles east of downtown Oklahoma City, 25 minutes northeast of Tinker Air Force Base and roughly 30 minutes from major metropolitan shopping and the big city attractions. Also, within a 30 minute drive in any direction, Harrah residents can enjoy the outdoor opportunities at several recreational lakes including boating, skiing, camping, picnicking and fishing.

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Geography

Harrah is located at 35°28′34″N 97°11′2″W / 35.47611°N 97.18389°W / 35.47611; -97.18389 (35.476163, -97.183803)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.9 square miles (30.7 km²), all of it land.

History

The land that would become the town of Harrah had its first settler, Louis Navarre, in the 1870s.[4] Two decades later, E.W. Sweeney began the operation of a ferry in 1891.[5] Frank Harrah, for whom the town is named, purchased 40 acres from Louis Navarre's allotement in April 1898 and early settlers included a large number of Poles.[6]

Originally named Sweeney, the town was renamed Harrah on December 22, 1898 and was in incorporated in 1908.[7]

In the 1940s Harrah was a center of cotton ginning. Its population was 741 in 1950.[8] By 1990 4,206 people lived in Harrah.[9]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,719 people, 1,736 households, and 1,331 families residing in the city. The population density was 397.9 people per square mile (153.6/km²). There were 1,859 housing units at an average density of 156.7/sq mi (60.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.92% White, 0.68% African American, 6.27% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 4.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.48% of the population.

There were 1,736 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,330, and the median income for a family was $47,712. Males had a median income of $35,625 versus $24,487 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,708. About 5.4% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 12.7% of those age 65 or over.

2006 Population estimates placed Harrah's population at 4,970.[10]

City government

The city has a Manager-Council form of government. The city council currently is made up of four council members and a mayor, all elected officials. The city council appoints the city manager, who runs the day-to-day administration of the city and oversees city staff. Earl Burson is the most recently appointed city manager and formerly served as the city manager for Stroud, Oklahoma. The current city council consists of Mayor Larry Fryar and council members Duane Patterson, Bill Lisby, Roy Lemons and Jim Dickinson.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Honea, Ted. Harrah, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. [1] (accessed January 13, 2010)
  5. ^ Honea, Ted. Harrah, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. [2] (accessed January 13, 2010)
  6. ^ Honea, Ted. Harrah, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. [3] (accessed January 13, 2010)
  7. ^ Honea, Ted. Harrah, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. [4] (accessed January 13, 2010)
  8. ^ Columbia-Lippincott Gazeteer, p. 760
  9. ^ Census.gov map of Oklahoma County from 1990
  10. ^ Oklahoma County, Oklahoma by Place - TM-M1. Total Persons: 2006

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