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Wagoner County
Wagoner County Courthouse in Wagoner
Wagoner County Courthouse in Wagoner
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Wagoner 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 Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner
Seat Wagoner
Largest city Coweta
Area
 • Total 591 sq mi (1,530 km2)
 • Land 562 sq mi (1,460 km2)
 • Water 29 sq mi (80 km2)  4.9%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 73,085
 • Estimate 
(2019)
81,289
 • Density 144/sq mi (56/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Wagoner County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 73,085. Its county seat is Wagoner.

Wagoner County is included in the Tulsa metropolitan statistical area.

History

According to archaeological studies, this area was inhabited by Caddoan Mound Builders during the period A.D. 300 to 1200.

The western area of Wagoner County was settled by the Creek after their forced removal in Alabama in the 1820s. The eastern portion of the county was settled by the Cherokee.

During the Civil War in 1865, the present county was the scene of the Battle of Flat Rock (also known as the Hay Camp Action). Confederate troops led by Brig. General Stand Watie and Brig. General Richard Gano captured 85 Union troops and killed even more that were harvesting hay.

In 1905, the Sequoyah Convention proposed creating two counties from this area. The western half would be named Coweta and the eastern half would have been named Tumechichee. However, failure of the attempt to create the state of Sequoyah negated the proposal. In 1907 at Oklahoma Statehood, Wagoner County was organized. The towns of Porter and Coweta vied with Wagoner as the county seat. The county was named after the town of Wagoner, which won the election. The town was named after Henry "Bigfoot" Wagoner, a Katy Railroad dispatcher from Parsons, Kansas.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 591 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 562 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 29 square miles (75 km2) (4.9%) is water. It is part of the Ozark Highlands. The Verdigris River divides the east and west parts of the county. The Arkansas River forms part of the western and southern boundaries. Grand River also flows south through the county. It was dammed in 1942 to create Fort Gibson Lake.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 22,086
1920 21,371 −3.2%
1930 22,428 4.9%
1940 21,642 −3.5%
1950 16,741 −22.6%
1960 15,673 −6.4%
1970 22,163 41.4%
1980 41,801 88.6%
1990 47,883 14.5%
2000 57,491 20.1%
2010 73,085 27.1%
2019 (est.) 81,289 11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

As of the census of 2010, 73,085 people were in the county. The population density was 47.7/km2. The 29,694 housing units averaged 55.9/sq mi (19.4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.07% White, 3.75% African American, 9.38% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.88% from other races, and 5.41% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 2.50% of the population.

Of the 21,010 households, 37.40% had children under 18 living with them, 65.90% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.50% were not families. About 17.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.70% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.73, and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the age distribution was 28.10% under 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 10.20% who were 65 age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $56,819, and for a family was $62,997. The per capita income for the county was $24,976. About 8.3% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Former community

National Register of Historic Places

Mission Bell Museum
First Presbyterian Church of Coweta
The Cobb Building
The Cobb Building

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

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