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Rogers County
Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Rogers County
Location within the U.S. state of Oklahoma
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Oklahoma's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Oklahoma
Founded 1907
Named for Clement Vann Rogers
Seat Claremore
Largest city Claremore
 • Total 711 sq mi (1,840 km2)
 • Land 676 sq mi (1,750 km2)
 • Water 36 sq mi (90 km2)  5.0%%
 • Total 86,905
 • Estimate 
 • Density 129/sq mi (50/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd

Rogers County is located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 86,905, making it the sixth-most populous county in Oklahoma. The county seat is Claremore. Rogers County is included in the Tulsa, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Originally created in 1907 from the western Saline District of the Cherokee Nation, this area was named the Cooweescoowee District, and Cooweescoowee County at the time of statehood. However, the residents protested, and the name was changed to Rogers County, after Clem Vann Rogers, a prominent Cherokee rancher, and father of Will Rogers.


View of Claremore with Rogers Tomb
View of Claremore's skyline

According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the Arkansas Band of the Osage Nation settled in the Three Forks area (the junction of the Arkansas River, Grand River and Verdigris River during the 1760s and established two villages called Pasuga and Pasona in what is now Rogers County. Pasona was near a mound on the Verdigris River called Claremore Mound. The name honored Chief Claremore (Gra-mon or Arrow Going Home).

In 1828, Cherokee tribes exchanged their Arkansas land for an area that included present-day Rogers County that had been ceded by the Osage in 1825. The area became the Saline District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory and later the Cooweescoowee District.

Upon statehood, the county was created and designated Cooweescoowee County before being renamed Rogers County in honor of Clement Rogers.

Shortly after statehood, Eastern University Preparatory School was established on College Hill, just west of Claremore, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Military Academy was established in 1919. The academy was closed and Claremore Junior College was opened in 1971. The state legislature renamed the institution Rogers State College and Rogers University before settling on Rogers State University in 1998.


Claremore Lake
Claremore Lake

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 711 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 676 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93 km2) (5.0%) is water. The largest body of water is Lake Oologah. The main streams are the Caney River and the Verdigris River. However, there are a number of smaller creeks and lakes in the county.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 17,736
1920 17,605 −0.7%
1930 18,956 7.7%
1940 21,078 11.2%
1950 19,532 −7.3%
1960 20,614 5.5%
1970 28,425 37.9%
1980 46,436 63.4%
1990 55,170 18.8%
2000 70,641 28.0%
2010 86,905 23.0%
2020 95,240 9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2019

As of the census of 2010, there were 86,905 people, 31,884 households, and 24,088 families residing in the county. The population density was 105 people per square mile (40/km2). There were 27,476 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 75.3% White, 1.0% Black or African American, 13.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian (0.5% Hmong, 0.1% Filipino, 0.1% Indian), 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 8.1% from two or more races. Of the population 3.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race (2.7% Mexican, 0.3% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Spanish, 0.1% Peruvian). 18.1% were of German, 13.8% Irish, 8.7% English, 3.0% French, 2.5% Scottish, and 2.2% Italian ancestries.

96.7% spoke English, 1.7% Spanish, and 0.4% German as their first language.

There were 31,884 households, out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. Of all households, 19.00% were made up of individuals, and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $58,434 and the median income for a family was $67,691. The per capita income for the county was $26,400. About 7.2% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those aged 65 or over.




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

NRHP sites

The followings sites in Rogers County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • I.W.W. Beck Building, Oologah
  • The Belvidere, Claremore
  • Chelsea Motel, Chelsea
  • Claremore Auto Dealership, Claremore
  • Eastern University Preparatory School, Claremore
  • Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park, Foyil
  • Hanes Home, Sageeyah
  • Hogue House, Chelsea
  • Mendenhall's Bath House, Claremore
  • Maurice Meyer Barracks, Claremore
  • Oologah Bank, Oologah
  • Oologah Pump, Oologah
  • Pryor Creek Bridge, Chelsea
  • Will Rogers Birthplace, Oologah
  • Will Rogers Hotel, Claremore
  • Verdigris Club Lodge, Catoosa

See also

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