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Miami, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Location of Miami, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°53′1″N 94°52′34″W / 36.88361°N 94.87611°W / 36.88361; -94.87611Coordinates: 36°53′1″N 94°52′34″W / 36.88361°N 94.87611°W / 36.88361; -94.87611
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Ottawa
 - Total 9.8 sq mi (25.4 km2)
 - Land 9.7 sq mi (25.2 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 794 ft (242 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 13,704
 Density 1,410.8/sq mi (544.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 74354-74355
Area code(s) 918
FIPS code 40-48000[1]
GNIS feature ID 1095343[2]
See also: Miami (disambiguation)

Miami is a city in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 13,704 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Ottawa County[3]. The city is named after the Miami tribe. The spelling for the city comes from the Latin phonetic spelling for the Myaamia (also spelled Maumee) tribe, and is correctly pronounced "Me-ah-me," although it is commonly rendered "My-am-me," except in Oklahoma, where the vernacular pronunciation of "my-am-uh" is used. The tribe, located in Miami, Oklahoma, prefer the vernacular pronunciation.[4][5][6] Miami is the capital of the Miami Nation, Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma, Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians, Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, and Shawnee Tribe.[7]



Miami is located at 36°53′1″N 94°52′34″W / 36.88361°N 94.87611°W / 36.88361; -94.87611 (36.883539, -94.876018)[8].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.8 square miles (25.4 km²), of which, 9.7 square miles (25.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.82%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,704 people, 5,580 households, and 3,565 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,410.8 people per square mile (544.9/km²). There were 6,111 housing units at an average density of 629.1/sq mi (243.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.37% White, 1.20% African American, 15.32% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.22% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 6.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.35% of the population.

There were 5,580 households out of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 12.2% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,832, and the median income for a family was $30,821. Males had a median income of $24,273 versus $19,684 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,266. About 15.1% of families and 18.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.2% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.


Public schools are managed by the Miami Public Schools school district. The high school is Miami High School, whose mascot is the Wardog. The mascot is exclusive to the city of Miami, which holds a copyright on its name and likeness.[citation needed]

The Coleman Theatre

The Coleman Theatre

Miami is home to the historic Coleman Theatre, located at 103 N. Main St.

The Theatre was built by George L. Coleman Sr. and opened on April 18, 1929. The building cost $600,000 to construct. The elegant Louis XV interior includes gold leaf trim, silk damask panels, stained glass panels, a carved mahogany staircase and decorative plaster moldings and railings. In 1983 the Coleman Theater was placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Tours of the building available Tuesday through Saturday.[9] Currently, the building is also used for other functions such as school plays, church meetings, etc.[10]

Notable people

  • Steve Owens (football) - The 1969 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Oklahoma who went on to become a successful businessman and philanthropist.
  • George Coleman - Successful businessman in mining and oil businesses and was an avid sportsman, who was a close friend of Ben Hogan and Bing Crosby. His directorships included the Detroit Baseball Company, Chris Craft Industries, The Ben Hogan Company and the Pennzoil Company for thirty-three years.
  • Charles Banks Wilson - Internationally famous Native American artist whose works are display in the State Capitol in Oklahoma City and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
  • Keith Anderson - Successful country music singer, named one of People magazine’s 50 hottest bachelors of 2005 and was named Men’s Fitness Magazine’s “Ultimate Country Star 2006.”
  • Carol Littleton - Acclaimed film editor whose credits include, "French Postcards" (1979), "Body Heat" (1981) and, the next year, to an Academy Award nomination for editing Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), "The Big Chill" (1983), "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1986) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994).
  • Steve Gaines - An American musician. He is most well-known as a guitarist and songwriter for Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Steve was in other bands most notably Crawdad. He joined Lynyrd Skynyrd after an audition arranged by his sister Cassie Gaines. Steve wrote some of the songs on Lynyrd Skynyrd's last studio album involving the pre-crash lineup. He also shared some singing duties with Ronnie Van Zant on the Street Survivors album and on the subsequent tour. Steve, Cassie, Van Zant, Assistant Road Manager Dean Kilpatrick, and both of the plane's crewmen died in an October 1977 plane crash.
  • Cassie Gaines-An American singer. She is best known as one the Original Honkettes the back up singers for rock lengends Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cassie was responsible for getting her brother an audition with the band. Both Steve and Cassie died in the 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer and founder Ronnie Van Zant, Assistant Road Manager Dean Kilpatrick, and both of the plane's crewmen.
  • Moriss Taylor - Radio and TV personality and internationally-renowned country/western singer was born here in 1924.
  • Joseph E. Fields - Conductor, Composer and Pianist. a former music director and principal conductor of the Dance Theatre of Harlem (1998 to 2004) Orchestra director and administrator of the music school at Marywood University in Scranton New Jersey. Died July 4, 2008.
  • David Froman - Actor who played Lieutenant Bob Brooks on Matlock and appeared in many productions of the Miami Little Theatre.[11] Died February 8, 2010.

National Register of Historic Places

"Sidewalk highway" stretch of Route 66 near Miami.
  • George L. Coleman Sr. House
  • Coleman Theater
  • Commerce Building-Hancock Building
  • Miami Marathon Oil Company Service Station
  • Ottawa County Courthouse
  • Riviera Courts-Holiday Motel
  • Miami Original Nine-Foot Section of Route 66 Roadbed
  • Modoc Mission Church and Cemetery
  • Narcissa D-X Gas Station
  • Peoria Indian School
  • Peoria Tribal Cemetery



  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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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  7. ^ Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. Oklahoma Indian Nations Pocket Pictorial. 2008.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ Main website for the Coleman Theatre
  10. ^ Coleman Theatre calendar of events
  11. ^ "Miami Little Theatre". Retrieved 2010-02-10. 

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