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Fairfax, Oklahoma
Town
Location of Fairfax, Oklahoma
Location of Fairfax, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Osage
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 853 ft (260 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,380
 • Density 1,947.2/sq mi (751.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74637
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-24850
GNIS feature ID 1092690

Fairfax is a town in Osage County, Oklahoma, United States. The Osage Nation reservation is co-terminus with the County. The population was 1,380 at the 2010 census, down 11.3 percent from 1,555 at the 2000 census. It is notable as the home of world-famous ballerinas Maria and Marjorie Tallchief.

History

When the Santa Fe Railway chose to go up Salt Creek valley and bypassed the village of Gray Horse (which continues to exist today as the home of one of the Osage tribe's three major historic bands) the present day town of Fairfax was created. Local merchants, including Lew A. Wismeyer, moved buildings from Gray Horse and leased 40 acres (16 ha) acres for a townsite. Wismeyer rejected the name Coda proposed by the railroad and convinced them to call the depot Fairfax after a hotel he had stayed at in Washington, D.C. The Osage tribe retained title to the townsite until March 3, 1905, when Congress provided for the land to be sold at public auction, with the proceeds credited to the tribe. Fairfax had 470 residents at the time of statehood in 1907.

Geography

Fairfax is located at Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. (36.571386, -96.706259). It is 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Pawhuska and32 miles (51 km) southeast of Ponca City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Climate

Climate data for Fairfax, Oklahoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 46.6
(8.11)
52.4
(11.33)
62.9
(17.17)
73.8
(23.22)
80.8
(27.11)
88.4
(31.33)
94.4
(34.67)
93.6
(34.22)
85.2
(29.56)
75.3
(24.06)
61.2
(16.22)
49.6
(9.78)
72.02
(22.231)
Average low °F (°C) 22.6
(-5.22)
27.5
(-2.5)
37.1
(2.83)
47.9
(8.83)
56.7
(13.72)
65.3
(18.5)
69.3
(20.72)
67.5
(19.72)
60.2
(15.67)
47.8
(8.78)
36.9
(2.72)
26.2
(-3.22)
47.08
(8.38)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.2
(30)
1.6
(41)
3.1
(79)
3.2
(81)
4.8
(122)
4.2
(107)
2.9
(74)
3.3
(84)
4.7
(119)
2.9
(74)
2.5
(64)
1.6
(41)
35.8
(909)
Source #1: weather.com
Source #2: Weatherbase.com

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 819
1920 1,342 63.9%
1930 2,134 59.0%
1940 2,327 9.0%
1950 2,017 −13.3%
1960 2,076 2.9%
1970 1,889 −9.0%
1980 1,949 3.2%
1990 1,749 −10.3%
2000 1,555 −11.1%
2010 1,380 −11.3%
Est. 2015 1,349 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,555 people, 657 households, and 417 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,947.2 people per square mile (750.5/km²). There were 831 housing units at an average density of 1,040.6 per square mile (401.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.65% White, 1.35% African American, 24.12% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.45% from other races, and 6.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 657 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,652, and the median income for a family was $25,385. Males had a median income of $26,518 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,765. About 23.9% of families and 28.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.8% of those under age 18 and 21.7% of those age 65 or over.


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