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Caddo County, Oklahoma
Map
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Caddo County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the USA highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded August 6, 1901
Seat Anadarko
Largest City Anadarko
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,290 sq mi (3,341 km²)
1,278 sq mi (3,310 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 0.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2013)
 - Density

29,594
23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Caddo Tribe

Caddo County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,600. Its county seat is Anadarko. Created in 1901 as part of Oklahoma Territory, the county is named for the Caddo tribe who were settled here on a reservation in the 1870s. Caddo County is immediately west of the seven-county Greater Oklahoma City metro area, and although is not officially in the metro area, it has many economic ties in this region.

History

Caddo County was organized on August 6, 1901, when the Federal Government allotted the Kiowa, Comanche and Arapaho reservations and sold the surplus land to white settlers. The reservation land was part of Oklahoma Territory until Oklahoma became a state on November 16, 1907. Part of its land was taken at statehood to form neighboring Grady County. Some additional land was taken in 1911 and also awarded to Grady County.

Agriculture has been the mainstay of the local economy since its founding. The main crops were cotton, corn, wheat, alfalfa, broom corn, and kaffir corn. Poultry and livestock production have also been important. By 1960, Caddo County ranked first in Oklahoma for producing of peanuts, hogs and poultry.

The first oil field (Cement Field) in the county was discovered in 1911, and oil production has remained important to the county economy since then. Smaller-scale booms in oil production occurred in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,290 square miles (3,300 km2), of which 1,278 square miles (3,310 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (0.9%) is water. The county mostly lies in the Gypsum Hills and the Red Bed plains physiographic areas. The extreme southwestern corner is in the Wichita Mountains. The county is drained by the Washita River and Pond and Sugar Creeks. Major reservoirs are Chickasha Lake, Ellsworth Lake, and Fort Cobb Lake, Red Rock Canyon State Park near Hinton is notable for having the only remaining stand of native Caddo maple trees.

Major highways

  • I-40.svg Interstate 40
  • I-44.svg Interstate 44
  • H.E. Bailey Turnpike.svg H.E. Bailey Turnpike
  • US 62.svg U.S. Highway 62
  • US 281.svg U.S. Highway 281
  • US 277.svg U.S. Highway 277
  • Oklahoma State Highway 8.svg State Highway 8
  • Oklahoma State Highway 9.svg State Highway 9
  • Oklahoma State Highway 19.svg State Highway 19
  • Oklahoma State Highway 58.svg State Highway 58

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 35,685
1920 34,207 −4.1%
1930 50,779 48.4%
1940 41,567 −18.1%
1950 34,913 −16.0%
1960 28,621 −18.0%
1970 28,931 1.1%
1980 30,905 6.8%
1990 29,550 −4.4%
2000 30,150 2.0%
2010 29,600 −1.8%
Est. 2015 29,343 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Caddo County, Oklahoma age pyramid
Age pyramid for Caddo County, Oklahoma, based on census 2000 data.

As of the census of 2000, there were 30,150 people, 10,957 households, and 7,965 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km² (24/sq mi). There were 13,096 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (10/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 65.55% White, 2.92% Black or African American, 24.28% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.70% from other races, and 4.36% from two or more races. 6.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 93.8% English, 4.5% Spanish and 1.2% Kiowa as their first language.

There were 10,957 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 13.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 24.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% 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 3.13.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.50% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,347, and the median income for a family was $32,118. Males had a median income of $26,373 versus $18,658 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,298. About 16.70% of families and 21.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.00% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Redstone baptist church
Redstone Baptist Church, north of the Apache Wye, Caddo County, Kiowa mission founded in the 19th century.

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities

NRHP sites

The following sites in Caddo County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Amphlett Brothers Drug and Jewelry Store, Apache
  • Anadarko Armory, Anadarko
  • Anadarko Downtown Historic District, Anadarko
  • Apache State Bank, Apache
  • Bridgeport Hill-Hydro Route 66 Segment, Hydro
  • Caddo County Medicine Creek Archeological District Binger
  • First Baptist Church (Colored), Anadarko
  • Fort Cobb Site, Fort Cobb
  • Provine Service Station, Hydro
  • Randlett Park, Anadarko
  • Rock Mary, Hinton
  • Stevens Rock Shelter, Gracemont

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