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Thomas, Oklahoma
Location of Thomas, Oklahoma
Location of Thomas, Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Custer
 • Total 1.183282 sq mi (3.064687 km2)
 • Land 1.183282 sq mi (3.064687 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,794 ft (547 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,181
 • Density 998.1/sq mi (385.36/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 73669
Area code(s) 580
FIPS code 40-73450
GNIS feature ID 1098845

Thomas is a city in Custer County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,181 at the 2010 census.


Thomas was named for William Thomas, who owned a general store and served as postmaster, when the first post office was established at the store on February 12, 1894, while this area was part of Oklahoma Territory. Joseph W. Morris claimed a homestead at the site during the Cheyenne-Arapaho opening in 1892. The Oklahoma Railway Townsite platted Morris' land in 1902, the same year that the Blackwell, Enid and Southwestern Railroad (later the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway) constructed a line through Thomas. In 1906, the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway (later the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway) also built a line through the town. Most of the early settlers were members of the Amish, the Dunkards, and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ religious groups.


Thomas is located at Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:mw' not found. (35.746419, -98.748264). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,371
1920 1,223 −10.8%
1930 1,256 2.7%
1940 1,220 −2.9%
1950 1,171 −4.0%
1960 1,211 3.4%
1970 1,336 10.3%
1980 1,515 13.4%
1990 1,246 −17.8%
2000 1,238 −0.6%
2010 1,181 −4.6%
Est. 2015 1,244 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,238 people, 486 households, and 337 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,041.8 people per square mile (401.7/km²). There were 596 housing units at an average density of 501.5 per square mile (193.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.85% White, 0.08% African American, 8.08% Native American, 0.57% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.70% of the population.

There were 486 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,083, and the median income for a family was $36,667. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $17,440 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,693. About 13.0% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.7% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.

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