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Oklahoma County is a county located in the central partof the U.S. state of Oklahomamarker. The population was 660,448 at the 2000 census. The county seat and principal city is Oklahoma Citymarker . Oklahoma County is at the heart of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area and is the most populous county in the state.

History

Oklahoma County was originally called County Two and was one of seven counties established by the Organic Act of 1890.

County business initially took place in a building at the intersection of California and Robinson until the construction of the first Oklahoma County Courthouse at 520 West Main Street in the 1900s. In 1937, county government moved to the building at 321 Park Avenue, which now serves only as the county courthouse.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km²), of which, 709 square miles (1,837 km²) of it is land and 9 square miles (24 km²) of it (1.28%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 660,448 people, 266,834 households, and 170,773 families residing in the county. The population density was 931 people per square mile (360/km²). There were 295,020 housing units at an average density of 416 per square mile (161/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.44% White, 15.03% Black or African American, 3.42% Native American, 2.81% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 4.36% from other races, and 3.87% from two or more races. 8.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 266,834 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.30% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.00% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 10.90% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,063, and the median income for a family was $42,797. Males had a median income of $31,660 versus $24,279 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,551. About 11.70% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.70% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

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References

  1. Wilson, Linda D. "Oklahoma County." Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Accessed 2009 September 17.
  2. "A Brief History of Oklahoma County Government." OklahomaCounty.org. Accessed 2009 September 17.


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