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Murray County, Oklahoma
Map
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Murray County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the USA highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1907
Seat Sulphur
Largest City Sulphur
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

425 sq mi (1,101 km²)
416 sq mi (1,077 km²)
8.6 sq mi (22 km²), 2.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2013)
 - Density

13,712
32/sq mi (12/km²)
Website: www.visitmurraycountyok.com

Murray County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,488. This is a 6.9 percent increase from 12,623 at the 2000 census. The county seat is Sulphur. The county was named for William H. Murray, a member and president of the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention and later a Governor of Oklahoma.

History

The area now occupied by Murray County was part of the land granted to the Choctaw Nation by the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek in 1820. The Chickasaw received part of the land under the Treaty of Doaksville in 1838. The area became part of the Chickasaw Nation in 1855. There was an extended conflict before the U.S. Civil War between the Plains Indians and the newly arrived Choctaws and Chickasaws. The U.S. Army built Fort Towson (1824); Fort Washita (1842) and Fort Arbuckle (1851) to protect the Chickasaws. After the conflict between the tribes was settled, various bands of outlaws moved in and continued to create law enforcement problems.

Sulphur began developing in the 1880s around the springs for which it was named. The springs encouraged the building of bathhouses and spas. Several were established by the time that a post office was established in 1898. The Sulphur Springs Railway (acquired by the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway in 1907) arrived there in 1902, and the 1904 establishment of Platt National Park, with headquarters at Sulphur, spurred the expansion of services for health-seekers. Other visitors were drawn to the park and to nearby Turner Falls, making Sulphur one of the state's earliest recreational centers.

Murray County was created when the Choctaw Nation was disestablished immediately before Oklahoma statehood. Sulphur was declared as the county seat.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 425 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 416 square miles (1,080 km2) is land and 8.6 square miles (22 km2) (2.0%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Oklahoma by land area and second-smallest by total area. The county's northern section lies in the Sandstone Hills physiographic region and is suitable for farming, while the southern portion is in the Arbuckle Mountains region, which is dominated by rolling hills and rock outcrops. The Washita River drains the county. Chickasaw National Recreation Area (CNRA) lies in the county. Lake of the Arbuckles, part of CNRA, was completed on Rock Creek in 1966.

Major highways

  • I-35.svg Interstate 35
  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • US 177.svg U.S. Highway 177
  • Chickasaw Turnpike.svg Chickasaw Turnpike
  • Oklahoma State Highway 1.svg State Highway 1
  • Oklahoma State Highway 7.svg State Highway 7
  • Oklahoma State Highway 110.svg State Highway 110

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 12,744
1920 13,115 2.9%
1930 12,410 −5.4%
1940 13,841 11.5%
1950 10,775 −22.2%
1960 10,622 −1.4%
1970 10,669 0.4%
1980 12,147 13.9%
1990 12,042 −0.9%
2000 12,623 4.8%
2010 13,488 6.9%
Est. 2015 13,936 3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
USA Murray County, Oklahoma age pyramid
Age pyramid for Murray County, Oklahoma, based on census 2000 data.

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,623 people, 5,003 households, and 3,587 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (30/mi²). There were 6,479 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 80.76% White, 1.90% Black or African American, 11.57% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.16% from other races, and 4.26% from two or more races. 3.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,003 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 18.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,294, and the median income for a family was $37,303. Males had a median income of $28,381 versus $19,727 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,084. About 11.10% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.90% of those under age 18 and 15.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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