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Waurika, Oklahoma
—  City  —
Location of Waurika, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 34°10′12″N 98°0′5″W / 34.17°N 98.00139°W / 34.17; -98.00139Coordinates: 34°10′12″N 98°0′5″W / 34.17°N 98.00139°W / 34.17; -98.00139
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Jefferson
Area
 - Total 11.8 sq mi (30.7 km2)
 - Land 11.8 sq mi (30.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 896 ft (273 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,988
 Density 168.0/sq mi (64.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73573
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-79250[1]
GNIS feature ID 1099439[2]

Waurika is a city in Jefferson County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,988 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jefferson County[3]. The name is the Comanche compound woarʉhka 'worm eater' from woa 'worm' + tʉhka 'eat' and presumably refers to a group of Comanche living in the area or to some early European settlers. Such humorous insulting names were common in Comanche culture.

Geography

Waurika is located at 34°10′12″N 98°0′5″W / 34.17°N 98.00139°W / 34.17; -98.00139 (34.170130, -98.001268)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.8 square miles (30.7 km²), of which, 11.8 square miles (30.6 km²) of it is land and 0.08% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,988 people, 741 households, and 500 families residing in the city. The population density was 168.0 people per square mile (64.9/km²). There were 929 housing units at an average density of 78.5/sq mi (30.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.41% White, 1.81% African American, 4.28% Native American, 3.37% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 2.36% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.00% of the population.

There were 741 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 107.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,800, and the median income for a family was $31,594. Males had a median income of $24,844 versus $16,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,496. About 6.4% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over.

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. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "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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