Choctaw, Oklahoma

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Choctaw, Oklahoma
Choctaw City Hall
Choctaw City Hall
Motto(s): 
"Celebrating the Past, Enjoying the Present, & Preparing For The Future."
Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma.
Location in Oklahoma County and the state of Oklahoma.
Choctaw, Oklahoma is located in the United States
Choctaw, Oklahoma
Choctaw, Oklahoma
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 35°28′57″N 97°16′2″W / 35.48250°N 97.26722°W / 35.48250; -97.26722Coordinates: 35°28′57″N 97°16′2″W / 35.48250°N 97.26722°W / 35.48250; -97.26722
CountryUnited States
StateOklahoma
CountyOklahoma
Area
 • Total27.16 sq mi (70.34 km2)
 • Land27.12 sq mi (70.25 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation1,152 ft (351 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total12,182
 • Density449.14/sq mi (173.42/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
73020
Area code(s)405
FIPS code40-14200[3]
GNIS feature ID1091323[2]
Websitehttp://www.choctawcity.org

Choctaw is a city in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, United States. It is the oldest chartered town in Oklahoma Territory.[4] The city is located about 10 miles (16.1 km) east of Oklahoma City. It is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. In 2020, 12,182 people lived there.

Choctaw became a community in 1890. It became a town in 1893 when a territorial governor was appointed for Oklahoma. It celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1993.[5] In 1950, Choctaw was in an agricultural area. It had a population of 355 in that year.[6] The town has no cultural or historical ties to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Before Choctaw was chartered, the area was known for a trading post and a camping spot near a spring.[7]

A community formed on the east 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land John S. Muzzy claimed in the 1889 land run. It received a postal designation in early 1890.[7]

The town incorporated in April 1904. When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, 230 people lived there. The town had four churches, a school, a bank, a newspaper and telephone service. The population grew very little during the Great Depression.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Choctaw, Oklahoma
  3. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. "Choctaw (town) | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture". www.okhistory.org. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  5. City of Choctaw website Archived December 31, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1952) p. 403
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Everett, Dianna. "Choctaw (City)," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2009. Accessed March 25, 2015.