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Jet, Oklahoma
Cessna T-37B Tweet (serial # 56-3563) on display at the Jet Lions Memorial Park.
Cessna T-37B Tweet (serial # 56-3563) on display at the Jet Lions Memorial Park.
Motto(s): 
Goose Hunting Capital of Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Alfalfa
Area
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
1,243 ft (379 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 213
 • Estimate 
(2015)
225
 • Density 684/sq mi (264.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
73749
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-38000
GNIS feature ID 1094222

Jet is a town in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 213 at the 2010 census.

History

The community of Jet was founded by six unmarried brothers: Joseph, Trigg, Newt, Warner, John, and Richard Jett, who established homesteads in the former Cherokee Outlet, shortly after its opening to settlement by non-Indians. The brothers erected buildings and opened a general store on Richard's land. The Jet post office was established in 1894, with Warner Jett as the first postmaster. The community grew into a small town, and Jet incorporated in 1900.

The Frisco Townsite Company, owned by the Denver, Enid and Gulf Railroad (DE&G) (acquired by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1907), surveyed a plot of land about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of the original town and relocated Jet during 1905-1906. By August, 1907, the town had Baptist, Mennonite, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches in addition to seven general stores, two banks, two hotels, two grain elevators, plus a small school under construction. At the time of statehood in 1907, Jet had a population of 213 people.

Geography

Jet is located at 36°39′58″N 98°10′52″W / 36.66611°N 98.18111°W / 36.66611; -98.18111 (36.6661416, -98.1811787). It is 12 miles (19 km) east-southeast of the county seat, Cherokee.

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.

Jet is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 64 and State Highway 38. This intersection is the southern terminus of SH-38.

Climate

Climate data for Jet, Oklahoma
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 43.8
(6.56)
49.8
(9.89)
59.9
(15.5)
70.7
(21.5)
79.5
(26.39)
89.5
(31.94)
95.9
(35.5)
93.8
(34.33)
84.3
(29.06)
73.6
(23.11)
58.4
(14.67)
46.9
(8.28)
70.5
(21.39)
Average low °F (°C) 20.1
(-6.61)
25.2
(-3.78)
34.1
(1.17)
46.1
(7.83)
56.0
(13.33)
65.0
(18.33)
70.0
(21.11)
67.9
(19.94)
59.9
(15.5)
47.4
(8.56)
35.0
(1.67)
24.4
(-4.22)
45.9
(7.72)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.7
(18)
1.0
(25)
2.4
(61)
2.7
(69)
3.9
(99)
3.5
(89)
2.7
(69)
3.3
(84)
3.3
(84)
2.1
(53)
1.8
(46)
0.8
(20)
28.1
(714)
Source #1: weather.com
Source #2: Weatherbase.com

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 365
1920 370 1.4%
1930 389 5.1%
1940 442 13.6%
1950 371 −16.1%
1960 339 −8.6%
1970 317 −6.5%
1980 352 11.0%
1990 272 −22.7%
2000 230 −15.4%
2010 213 −7.4%
Est. 2015 225 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 230 people, 115 households, and 71 families residing in the town. The population density was 746.3 people per square mile (286.5/km²). There were 149 housing units at an average density of 483.5 per square mile (185.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.09% White, 1.30% Native American, 0.43% Asian, and 2.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.

There were 115 households out of which 18.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 4.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.57.

In the town, the population was spread out with 16.5% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 30.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,393, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $18,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,024. About 2.7% of families and 5.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 9.0% of those sixty five or over.

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