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Fairview, Oklahoma
"A Strong and Proud Community"
Location of Fairview, Oklahoma
Location of Fairview, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Major
 • Total 7.21 sq mi (18.67 km2)
 • Land 7.17 sq mi (18.58 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.09 km2)
1,302 ft (397 m)
 • Total 2,579
 • Estimate 
 • Density 361.58/sq mi (139.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-25100
GNIS feature ID 1092705

Fairview is a city in Major County, Oklahoma, United States. Its population was 2,579 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Major County.


The first permanent settlers arrived in the present town at the time of the Cherokee Outlet land opening on September 16, 1893. The town received its name from Adam Bower because of its scenic location along the Cimarron River. The Bower family built a wooden building in which they opened a post office on April 18, 1894. One of Adam's sons, Clifford, served as the first postmaster.

The Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway (later part of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad), built a track through Fairview. The first train arrived on August 20, 1903. The railroad soon established machine shops, a roundhouse, and a division office in the town.

The town site was originally within territorial Woods County, but became part of Major County, Oklahoma, upon its creation at statehood. It was designated as the county seat of Major County, which became permanent after an election December 22, 1908. It beat three competing communities that vied for the title: Cleo Springs, Orienta, and Ringwood. Fairview had 887 residents at statehood, increasing to 2,020 in 1910.


Fairview is located at 36°16′14″N 98°28′41″W / 36.270513°N 98.477946°W / 36.270513; -98.477946. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18 km2), of which 7.0 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.14% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 2,020
1920 1,751 −13.3%
1930 1,887 7.8%
1940 1,913 1.4%
1950 2,411 26.0%
1960 2,213 −8.2%
1970 2,894 30.8%
1980 3,370 16.4%
1990 2,936 −12.9%
2000 2,733 −6.9%
2010 2,579 −5.6%
2019 (est.) 2,594 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 2,733 people, 1,131 households, and 762 families were residing in the city. The population density was 390.9 people per square mile (151.0/km2). The 1,308 housing units averaged 187.1 per square mile (72.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.74% White, 0.07% African American, 1.24% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.46% of the population.

Of the 1,131 households, 30.8% had children under 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were not families. About 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.31, and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city, the age distribution was 24.1% under 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,136, and for a family was $37,107. Males had a median income of $31,141 versus $17,279 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,101. About 8.5% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.


Fairview currently has the Fairview Public School system. Fairview has one elementary school that provides prekindergarten through grade five, Cornelson Elementary School; one middle school/junior high that provides grades six through eight, Chamberlin Middle School; and one high school that provides grades 9 through 12, Fairview High School. In addition, Head Start preschool and a pre-K program, and vocational education, are through the Northwest Technology Center. The mascot for Fairview public schools is the Fighting Yellowjacket (Jackets) with school colors of orange and black.

Notable people

  • Shirley "S. L." Abbott, Texas legislator and U.S. ambassador
  • Clinton Riggs (1910 - 1997), former assistant police chief of Tulsa

See also

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