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Seiling, Oklahoma
Downtown Seiling
Downtown Seiling
Nickname(s): 
Crossroads of Northwest Oklahoma
Location of Seiling, Oklahoma
Location of Seiling, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Dewey
Area
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Land 1.02 sq mi (2.64 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,749 ft (533 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 860
 • Estimate 
(2019)
855
 • Density 839.06/sq mi (324.11/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
73663
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-66250
GNIS feature ID 1097902

Seiling is a city in Dewey County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 860 at the 2010 census. The town was named in 1899 for Louis Seiling, a local store owner who had acquired a homestead in the Cheyenne-Arapaho land run of April 1892. The Hobson Town and Improvement Company established a town called Hobson, but the name was changed to Seiling in January 1899. It incorporated in 1909. Seiling is now the largest city in Dewey County. Their girls basketball team has also won the Oklahoma State Championship four times in a row (2016-2019).

History

Seiling developed as a local agricultural center and became the largest town in Dewey County despite the fact that the nearest railroad depot was in Canton, more than 25 miles (40 km) away . Moreover, there were no bridges across either of the Canadian rivers until 1906. A horse racing track was built in 1903.

Geography

Seiling is located at 36°8′55″N 98°55′30″W / 36.14861°N 98.92500°W / 36.14861; -98.92500 (36.148579, -98.925123). It is immediately south of the North Canadian River and 7 miles (11 km) north of the Canadian River, 10 miles (16 km) from Taloga, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 352
1920 323 −8.2%
1930 568 75.9%
1940 629 10.7%
1950 700 11.3%
1960 910 30.0%
1970 1,033 13.5%
1980 1,103 6.8%
1990 1,031 −6.5%
2000 875 −15.1%
2010 860 −1.7%
2019 (est.) 855 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2010 census, there were 860 people, 325 households, and 216 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,000 people per square mile (400/km2). There were 402 housing units at an average density of 488.6 per square mile (786.3/km2). Residents self-identified as 95.1% white, 12.7% Native American, 4.9% of mixed heritage, 1.6% Asian, and 0.1% African American. Hispanic or Latino Americans made up 3.7% of the population.

There were 325 households, out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 12% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. Individuals living alone accounted for 31.1% of households. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.24. The median age was 37.9 years.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,650, and the median income for a family was $58,466. Males who were employed full-time had a median income of $43,333. Females who were employed full-time had a median income of $32,500. The per capita income for the city was $24,410. Below the poverty line were 9.7% of people, 10.3% of families, 13% of those under 18 and 11.6% of those over 64.

Economy

The local economy has been based on agriculture since the land was opened to non-Indian settlement. The major crops initially were broomcorn and cotton. Seiling soon had a cotton gin and a feed mill. Wheat and rye became important crops before World War I. In 1918, the Seiling Milling Company opened a flour mill and marketed "White Rose Special" flour until it closed in 1952.

Transportation

Seiling is on US-60, US-270, US-281, SH-3, and SH-51, some of which run concurrently through the town. US-183 is immediately to the west. Thus the town bills itself as the “Crossroads of Northwest Oklahoma.”

Seiling Airport (FAA Identifier: 1S4) is immediately adjacent to Seiling on the northwest.

Notable people

  • Gary England, meteorologist for KWTV-News 9
  • Carrie Nation, Prohibition advocate
  • Tom L. Ward, oil and gas businessman
  • Jordy Mercer, Major League Baseball Player
  • Gary "Big Cheese" Gore, owner Gore Nitrogen.
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