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Avant, Oklahoma
Location of Avant, Oklahoma
Location of Avant, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Osage
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.91 km2)
 • Land 0.34 sq mi (0.89 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
679 ft (207 m)
 • Total 320
 • Estimate 
 • Density 895.04/sq mi (345.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 539/918
FIPS code 40-03500
GNIS feature ID 1089765

Avant is an incorporated community in eastern Osage County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 320 at the 2010 census, a decline of 14.0 percent from the figure of 372 recorded in 2000.


Ben Avant, a native of Gonzales, Texas, married Rosalie Rogers, a Cherokee-Osage, and established a ranch in 1896. The Midland Valley Railroad (later acquired by the Missouri Pacific Railroad reached the Avant ranch in 1905. A post office named Avant was established in 1906.. The Avant oil field was discovered in 1904. The town began to develop in 1909. Avant's population peaked at 1,071 in 1920, but declined steaily thereafter. Ben Avant was shot and killed by the town marshal in 1923.

The post office in Avant was slated for possible closure by the US Postal service in 2012.


Avant is located at 36°29′19″N 96°3′41″W / 36.48861°N 96.06139°W / 36.48861; -96.06139 (36.488660, -96.061403). It is 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Pawhuska and 30 miles (48 km) north of Tulsa.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,071
1930 696 −35.0%
1940 501 −28.0%
1950 389 −22.4%
1960 381 −2.1%
1970 439 15.2%
1980 461 5.0%
1990 369 −20.0%
2000 372 0.8%
2010 320 −14.0%
2019 (est.) 307 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 320 people living in the town. The population density was 1,050.9 people per square mile (410.4/km2). There were 164 housing units at an average density of 463.3 per square mile (180.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 70.43% White, 0.27% African American, 13.71% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.54% from other races, and 14.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.49% of the population.

There were households, out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.3% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,979, and the median income for a family was $40,313. Males had a median income of $32,500 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,995. About 15.9% of families and 23.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.7% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.


The local economy has been supported by agriculture and oil production.


Avant is just off the current Oklahoma State Highway 11, along a prior alignment of the road now known as Old Highway 11.

The Candy Lake Estate Airport (Airport Identifier—98OK) is directly to the east of town.

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