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Idabel, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Dogwood Capital of Oklahoma
Location of Idabel, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 33°53′47″N 94°49′45″W / 33.89639°N 94.82917°W / 33.89639; -94.82917
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County McCurtain
Area
 - Total 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 - Land 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 472 ft (144 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 7,158
 - Density 456.3/sq mi (173.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74745
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-36750[1]
GNIS feature ID 1101480[1]

Idabel is a city in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 7,158 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of McCurtain County[2]. The town is located in a cultural area of the state known as Little Dixie and the tourist area Kiamichi Country.

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History

The city was first named Pernell, then renamed for the wife of a Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad executive and engineer, John Randolph Dillon who, as a result of his work, was given the prize of re-naming the town. The town is named after his wife, Idabel Rinehart Dillon. A ceremony was held for the renaming of the town.

Geography

Idabel is located at 33°53′47″N 94°49′45″W / 33.89639°N 94.82917°W / 33.89639; -94.82917 (33.896299, -94.829238)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.9 square miles (41.3 km²), of which, 15.9 square miles (41.3 km²) of it is land and 0.06% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,158 people, 2,735 households, and 1,785 families residing in the city. The population density was 436.3 people per square mile (168.5/km²). There were 3,129 housing units at an average density of 196.4/sq mi (75.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 56.99% White, 24.45% African American, 10.44% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.37% from other races, and 4.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.96% of the population.

There were 2,735 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 21.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 85.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,496, and the median income for a family was $24,189. Males had a median income of $24,182 versus $16,958 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,241. About 28.7% of families and 31.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.5% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.

Schools

  • Idabel High School - Grades 9-12
  • Idabel Middle School - Grades 6-8
  • Central Elementary - Grades 3-5
  • Idabel Primary South - Grades 1-2
  • George Early Childhood - Pre-K - K
  • EvenStart - Ages 2–4

Advanced Education

Denison Elementary Pre Kindergarten-8th

Notable residents

  • Antti Varis, actor from TV series, including Dallas ('87-88), Dynasty ('92-93)
  • Sunny Murray,Born 1936. Jazz drummer, composer and band leader. Moved to New York city in 1956. Played many years with Cecil Taylor in his trio, quartet, quintet and septet. Famous for free jazz drumming
  • Earl Byers, born 1933,

References

  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. 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.  

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Simple English

Idabel, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Dogwood Capital of Oklahoma
Coordinates: 33°53′47″N 94°49′45″W / 33.89639°N 94.82917°W / 33.89639; -94.82917
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County McCurtain
Area
 - Total 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 - Land 15.9 sq mi (41.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 472 ft (144 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 7,158
 Density 456.3/sq mi (173.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74745
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-36750[1]
GNIS feature ID 1101480[1]

Idabel is a city in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 7,158 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of McCurtain County.

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