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Vinita, Oklahoma
Downtown Vinita (2008)
Downtown Vinita (2008)
Nickname(s): "Gateway to Green Country"
Location of Vinita within Oklahoma
Location of Vinita within Oklahoma
Country United States
State Oklahoma
County Craig
 • Total 6.0 sq mi (15.5 km2)
 • Land 6.0 sq mi (15.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 699 ft (213 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,743
 • Density 960/sq mi (370.5/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 74301
Area code(s) 539/918
FIPS code 40-77550
GNIS feature ID 1099271

Vinita is a city in south-central Craig County, in northeastern Oklahoma, United States. It is the county seat of Craig County. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,743, a decrease of 11.3 percent from 6,742 at the 2000 census.


McDonalds on Interstate 44
McDonald's over I-44, 2008

Vinita was established in 1871 by Elias Cornelius Boudinot. In 1889, gunman and lawman Tom Threepersons was born there. It was the first city in the state with electricity. The city was first named "Downingville", and was a primarily Native American community. It was later renamed "Vinita" after Boudinot's friend, sculptor Vinnie Ream. The city was incorporated in Indian Territory in 1898.

The First National Bank opened in 1892, and the local Masonic Lodge was founded in 1894. Newspapers founded before the turn of the 20th Century included Vinita Indian Chieftain (1882), Vinita Leader (1885) and the Daily Indian Chieftain (1899). The Vinita Daily Journal began publication in 1907 and has continued into the 21st Century.

Eastern State Hospital, a state mental health facility, was constructed in 1912 and admitted the first patients in January 1913. It was one of the county's largest employers until its operations were reduced during the 1990s.

A McDonald's bridge-restaurant built over the top of Interstate 44, called the Glasshouse McDonald's, is the world's largest McDonald's restaurant in terms of area, occupying 29,135 square feet (2,706.7 m2). It was formerly known as the Glass House Restaurant. In 2013 and 2014 the "Glasshouse" received a $14.6 million renovation. At its grand reopening on December 22, 2014, it was renamed the "Will Rogers Archway".


Vinita is located in northeastern Oklahoma, a region of the state known as Green Country. According to the Vinita Chamber of Commerce, the town is often called the "Gateway to Green Country." It sits at the base of the Ozark Highlands topographical region in a mix of prairie and forest. It is located in southern Craig County at 36°38′28″N 95°9′24″W / 36.64111°N 95.15667°W / 36.64111; -95.15667 (36.641193, −95.156676). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km2), all land.

Vinita is 64 miles (103 km) northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 51 miles (82 km) southwest of Joplin, Missouri, both via Interstate 44.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 2,339
1910 4,082 74.5%
1920 5,010 22.7%
1930 4,263 −14.9%
1940 5,685 33.4%
1950 5,518 −2.9%
1960 6,027 9.2%
1970 5,847 −3.0%
1980 6,740 15.3%
1990 5,804 −13.9%
2000 6,472 11.5%
2010 5,743 −11.3%
Est. 2015 5,643 −1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Attucks School
Attucks School

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,472 people, 2,381 households, and 1,454 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,486.9 people per square mile (574.4/km²). There were 2,694 housing units at an average density of 618.9 per square mile (239.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.32% White, 6.12% African American, 14.86% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 10.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.48% of the population.

There were 2,381 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,511, and the median income for a family was $33,461. Males had a median income of $26,263 versus $18,182 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,980. About 14.3% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.



Vinita Municipal Airport (FAA Identifier H04) has served the city since 1965. It is about 2 miles (3.2 km) SE of downtown Vinita. The street address is 104 East Illinois Street. The airport manager is Jim Whisenant. This is a municipally-owned facility that primarily handles personal or chartered aircraft, with no scheduled airline service.

National Register of Historic Places

  • Attucks School
  • Craig County Courthouse
  • Carselowey House
  • Eastern State Mental Hospital
  • First Methodist Episcopal Church, South
  • Hotel Vinita
  • McDougal Filling Station
  • Randall Tire Company
  • Spraker Service Station


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