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Altus is a city in Jackson Countymarker, Oklahomamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 21,447 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jackson Countymarker .

Altus is home to Altus Air Force Basemarker, the United States Air Force's training base for pilots and aircrew in the C-17, and KC-135. It is also home to Western Oklahoma State College and Southwest Technology Center.

"Altus" is an anagram of Oklahoma's second most-populated city, Tulsamarker .


Altus is located at (34.643754, -99.326603) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.0 square miles (44.1 km²), of which, 16.8 square miles (43.6 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 21,447 people, 7,896 households, and 5,629 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,274.1 people per square mile (492.0/km²). There were 9,264 housing units at an average density of 550.4/sq mi (212.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.62% White, 10.41% African American, 1.48% Native American, 1.38% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 10.32% from other races, and 3.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.25% of the population.

There were 7,896 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 25.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,217, and the median income for a family was $38,400. Males had a median income of $28,041 versus $18,856 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,378. About 14.6% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Local notables

  • Mark Cotney, National Football League (NFL) player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Jason Gildon, NFL player (Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Paul Gregg, singer, songwriter and recording artist, member of country group, Restless Heart
  • Steve Marino, professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour.
  • John Sterling, NFL player (Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos)
  • Rodney Yee, internationally acclaimed Yoga instructor
  • Brandon Dickerson, award-winning music video director


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