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Calera, Oklahoma
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Location of Calera, Oklahoma
Location of Calera, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Bryan
 • Total 4.90 sq mi (12.69 km2)
 • Land 4.83 sq mi (12.50 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.19 km2)
712 ft (217 m)
 • Total 2,164
 • Estimate 
 • Density 491.09/sq mi (189.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 580 Exchange: 434
FIPS code 40-10950
GNIS feature ID 1090807

Calera is a town in Bryan County, Oklahoma, United States, located five miles south of Durant and 10 miles north of the Oklahoma-Texas state line. The population was 2,164 at the 2010 census, an increase of 24.4 percent over the figure of 1,739 recorded in 2000. It is part of the Durant Micropolitan Area, as well as being part of the Texoma region.


Calera is located at 33°56′3″N 96°25′42″W / 33.93417°N 96.42833°W / 33.93417; -96.42833 (33.934260, -96.428392).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), all of it land.

The Calera town limits borders the Southern Durant city limits, but the actual downtowns of Calera and Durant are 5 miles apart.


When the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway built a line through the Choctaw Nation in 1872, the community of Cale was established on the east side of the tracks. It was named after the railroad official George W. Cale. In 1889, the first post office was established.

In 1889, the town was christened as Sterrett but Katy railroad officials refused to accept the name change, and referred to the site as Cale Switch or Cale. The conflict continued until 1910, when the town accepted the name Calera as a compromise.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 575
1910 575 0.0%
1920 703 22.3%
1930 503 −28.4%
1940 597 18.7%
1950 643 7.7%
1960 592 −7.9%
1970 1,063 79.6%
1980 1,390 30.8%
1990 1,536 10.5%
2000 1,739 13.2%
2010 2,164 24.4%
2019 (est.) 2,370 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,739 people, 676 households, and 469 families residing in the town. The population density was 678.6 per square mile (262.3/km2). There were 742 housing units at an average density of 289.5 per square mile (111.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 81.31% White, 0.12% African American, 11.67% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 2.07% from other races, and 4.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.99% of the population.

There were 676 households, out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,766, and the median income for a family was $31,140. Males had a median income of $26,793 versus $18,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,850. About 12.2% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.5% of those under age 18 and 21.3% of those age 65 or over.


Calera is situated along U.S. 69/75, the second busiest north-south route in Oklahoma, after Interstate 35. The Union Pacific Railroad runs through Calera on the East Side of US 69/75

Educational system

Calera is home to Calera Public Schools which is currently classified as 2A by the OSSAA (Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association). The average enrollment is approximately 700 students. The school mascot is the Calera Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. The schools consist of Calera Early Childhood, Calera Elementary, and Calera High School. Gerald Parks has been the Superintendent of these schools for five years. Calera Early Childhood is for children who are between the grades of Head-Start and First Grade. The Elementary School is for students who are between the grades of Second and Sixth. Steve Evans has been the principal of these two schools for four years. Calera High School consists of students between Seventh and Twelfth grads. Kevin Robinson has been the principal of Calera High School for six years, and in 2016 was named Bryan County Administrator of the Year.


Calera has a wide variety of travelers through the streets. This is because of travelers and tourists visiting the Choctaw Casino & Resort, which is north of town. Thanks to this large contribution, the town has experienced economic growth over the last few years. More eating establishments such as Sonic Drive-In, Subway, & Taco Casa, have opened in recent years. Other places people can get food include: Okie Donuts, Naifeh's Steak House, Sports City Cafe, The Iron Gate Cafe, and Catfish Barn. There is also a hotel, Best Express Inn & Suites, and another hotel is being built. There are many small businesses throughout the small town that contribute to economic success. These include: Ginger's Hair Styles, Unique Designs, Calera Tag Agency, The Amish Store, and Ferguson Animal Clinic.

Notable people

Famous Calera residents include:

  • Jason Meadows, Country music artist and Nashville Star runner-Up
  • Cale Eidson, Runner and ECU Male Athlete of the Year nominee

See also

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