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Noble, Oklahoma
Location of Noble within the state of Oklahoma and Cleveland County
Location of Noble within the state of Oklahoma and Cleveland County
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Cleveland
 • Total 13.3 sq mi (34.5 km2)
 • Land 13.1 sq mi (33.9 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
1,194 ft (364 m)
 • Total 6,481
 • Density 495/sq mi (191.0/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-52150
GNIS feature ID 1095892

Noble is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States, and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 6,481 at the 2010 census. Noble is Cleveland County's third-largest city behind Norman and Moore.


On April 22, 1889, the day the first Oklahoma "Land Run" opened the Unassigned Lands in the middle of Indian Territory to settlers, J.W. Klinglesmith, Albert Rennie and several other businessmen forded the South Canadian River and laid claim to the 160-acre (65 ha) town site that was to become Noble. The town was named in honor of Secretary of the Interior John Noble, who was instrumental in opening the Unassigned Lands to settlement. The group had great plans for Noble, hoping it would become the future county seat.

The Santa Fe Railroad completed a railroad depot in Noble in August 1889. For several years, Noble was a major shipping point for cattle and other goods from both sides of the Canadian River. Business prospered even more when Charles Edwin Garee built a new suspension toll bridge across the Canadian River in 1898.

The suspension bridge washed out in 1904 and other communities began developing nearby. The last passenger train stopped in Noble in 1944 and the depot was moved.

Rose Rock Capital of the World

Rose rocks
Rose rocks

Noble considers itself to be the "Rose Rock Capital of the World", as the concentration of barium sulfate in the soil is believed to be higher there than anywhere else, causing the formation of rose rocks. Similar formations are found throughout Cleveland County and the Wichita and Ouachita Mountains. Noble sets aside the first Saturday each May to celebrate its annual Rose Rock Festival. Local geologist Joe Stine and his wife opened the Timberlake Rose Rock Museum in 1986.


Noble is located along the southwest edge of Cleveland County at 35°8′28″N 97°23′20″W / 35.14111°N 97.38889°W / 35.14111; -97.38889 (35.141173, -97.388807). It is bordered to the north by Norman, to the east by Slaughterville, and to the west by the Canadian River, across which is McClain County. U.S. Route 77 passes through Noble, leading north 28 miles (45 km) to the center of Oklahoma City and south 11 miles (18 km) to Purcell.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Noble has a total area of 13.3 square miles (34.5 km2), of which 13.1 square miles (33.9 km2) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.72%, is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 349
1910 403 15.5%
1920 497 23.3%
1930 463 −6.8%
1940 536 15.8%
1950 724 35.1%
1960 995 37.4%
1970 2,241 125.2%
1980 3,497 56.0%
1990 4,710 34.7%
2000 5,260 11.7%
2010 6,481 23.2%
Est. 2015 6,666 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,480 people, 1,956 households, and 1,486 families residing in the city. The population density was 420.1 people per square mile (162.2/km²). There were 2,134 housing units at an average density of 170.4 per square mile (65.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.30% White, 0.19% African American, 4.87% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 3.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.74% of the population.

There were 1,956 households out of which 40.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,250, and the median income for a family was $40,533. Males had a median income of $30,417 versus $23,690 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,732. About 4.5% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

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