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Noble County
Noble County Courthouse
Noble County Courthouse
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Noble County
Location within the U.S. state of Oklahoma
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Oklahoma's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Oklahoma
Founded 1893
Seat Perry
Largest city Perry
 • Total 743 sq mi (1,920 km2)
 • Land 732 sq mi (1,900 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.4%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km2)
Congressional district 3rd

Noble County is located in the north central part of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,561. Its county seat is Perry. It was part of the Cherokee Outlet in Indian Territory until Oklahoma Territory was created in 1890, and the present county land was designated as County P. After the U. S. government opened the area to non-Indian settlement in 1893, it was renamed Noble County for John Willock Noble, then the Secretary of the Interior.

Timothy McVeigh was arrested in Noble County in 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing. The act killed 168 people. Subsequently, McVeigh was tried, convicted and executed for the crime. The arresting officer was later elected sheriff of Noble County.


During the 18th and 19th centuries, the area now occupied by Noble County was used as a hunting ground by the Osage Indians. In 1835, a treaty with the Cherokees made it part of the so-called Cherokee Outlet. During the time of Cherokee ownership, white cattlemen who belonged to the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association leased grazing land from the tribe. Later, reservations were created in the northeastern part of the county for the Otoe and Ponca tribes. These reservations existed until 1904, when the lands were allotted and added to Noble County.

The Cherokee Outlet became part of Oklahoma Territory at the time of the Oklahoma Organic Act, and was divided into counties. After the 1893 opening of the Cherokee Outlet for settlement by non-Indians, the land was divided into counties. One county, originally designated as County P, was renamed in honor of John W. Noble, interior secretary in 1893. The town of Perry was laid out in August 1893 as the county seat and land-office town

Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was arrested in Noble County April 19, 1995 heading north bound on Interstate 35. McVeigh was stopped for not having a car tag on his car. He was minutes from being released when the Noble County Sheriff's Department was notified to hold McVeigh. McVeigh was tried and convicted for the bombing attack that killed 168 persons and injured many more. He was executed in 2001. McVeigh's arresting officer, Charlie Hanger, was elected Noble County Sheriff in 2004.

In 2010, the Keystone-Cushing Pipeline (Phase II) was constructed north to south through Noble County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 743 square miles (1,920 km2), of which 732 square miles (1,900 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water. The Arkansas River forms part of the county's northeastern boundary. Two of its tributaries, Red Rock Creek in the north and by Black Bear Creek in the south, drain the county before emptying into the Arkansas River.

Major highways

  • I-35.svg Interstate 35
  • US 64.svg U.S. Highway 64
  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • US 177.svg U.S. Highway 177
  • US 412.svg U.S. Highway 412
  • Oklahoma State Highway 15.svg State Highway 15
  • Oklahoma State Highway 86.svg State Highway 86
  • Oklahoma State Highway 108.svg State Highway 108
  • Oklahoma State Highway 156.svg State Highway 156
  • Oklahoma State Highway 164.svg State Highway 164

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 11,798
1910 14,945 26.7%
1920 13,560 −9.3%
1930 15,139 11.6%
1940 14,826 −2.1%
1950 12,156 −18.0%
1960 10,376 −14.6%
1970 10,043 −3.2%
1980 11,573 15.2%
1990 11,045 −4.6%
2000 11,411 3.3%
2010 11,561 1.3%
2015 (est.) 11,554 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,411 people, 4,504 households, and 3,211 families residing in the county. The population density was 6/km² (16/mi²). There were 5,082 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.44% White, 1.58% Black or African American, 7.57% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 3.40% from two or more races. 1.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,504 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,968, and the median income for a family was $40,180. Males had a median income of $32,224 versus $21,235 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,022. About 9.60% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.




Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

NRHP sites

The following sites in Noble County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

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