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Washita County

Population in 2012: 182 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -4.2%
 

Males: 93  (51.4%)
Females: 89  (48.6%)

Median resident age:  44.3 years
Oklahoma median age:  40.6 years

Zip code: 73622

Estimated median household income in 2011: $55,104 (it was $26,111 in 2000)
Bessie:

$55,104
Oklahoma:

$43,225
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $25,941

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $53,703 (it was $32,500 in 2000)
Bessie:

$53,703
Oklahoma:

$112,600
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $38,852; Detached houses: $42,505; Townhouses or other attached units: $11,716; Mobile homes: $29,875

Median gross rent in 2011: $721.

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  • White alone - 168 (92.8%)
  • American Indian alone - 6 (3.3%)
  • Two or more races - 5 (2.8%)
  • Hispanic - 2 (1.1%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Bessie: 77.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)


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Ancestries: German (18.9%), Irish (17.7%), English (15.9%), Dutch (6.1%), French (6.1%), United States (4.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1550 feet

Land area: 0.51 square miles.

Population density: 355 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Bessie:

  • High school or higher: 86.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 24.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.9%
  • Unemployed: 7.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bessie town:

  • Never married: 19.0%
  • Now married: 51.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 5.4%
  • Divorced: 23.8%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.1%
Oklahoma:  4.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $300 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $360 (0.6%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lawton, OK (62.7 miles , pop. 92,757).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Oklahoma City, OK (82.2 miles , pop. 506,132).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (218.9 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities: New Cordell, OK (2.5 miles ), Central Washita, OK (2.6 miles ), Northeast Washita, OK (2.9 miles ), Clinton, OK (2.9 miles ), Burns Flat, OK (3.3 miles ), Dill City, OK (3.3 miles ), Northwest Washita, OK (3.3 miles ), Foss, OK (3.4 miles) .

Latitude: 35.39 N, Longitude: 98.99 W

Area code: 580

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

3.7%
Oklahoma:

5.1%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -52 (-21.5%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation and warehousing (29%)
  • Construction (27%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (16%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
  • Public administration (2%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (20%)
  • Manufacturing (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (17%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Construction (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (21%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (14%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (7%)
  • Engineers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Carpenters (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (17%)
  • Other healthcare support occupations (14%)
  • Cashiers (9%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (9%)
  • Financial managers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)


Average climate in Bessie, Oklahoma

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Tornado activity:

Bessie-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Oklahoma state average. It is 270% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/25/1962, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 7.9 miles away from the Bessie town center injured 9 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/10/1967, a category F4 tornado 25.8 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bessie-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Oklahoma state average. It is 88% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/28/1998 at 14:13:01, a magnitude 4.2 (3.9 MB, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 52.9 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1995 at 15:51:39, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 89.5 miles away from Bessie center
On 2/8/2002 at 16:07:13, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 57.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/15/1990 at 11:44:41, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 LG, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 90.2 miles away from the city center
On 12/17/1992 at 07:18:04, a magnitude 3.6 (3.5 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 91.2 miles away from Bessie center
On 4/5/1995 at 05:31:16, a magnitude 3.0 (2.8 LG, 3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 13.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Washita County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Winter Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Ice Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Will Rogers (Oklahoma politician) - Politician.


Hospitals/medical centers near Bessie:

  • INTEGRIS CLINTON REGIONAL HOSPITAL (Acute Care Hospitals, Government - Local, provides emergency services, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, OK)
  • CORDELL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Critical Access Hospitals, Government - Hospital District or Authority, provides emergency services, about 12 miles away; CORDELL, OK)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bessie:

  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University (about 19 miles; Weatherford, OK; Full-time enrollment: 4,054)
  • Cameron University (about 63 miles; Lawton, OK; FT enrollment: 3,904)
  • Southern Nazarene University (about 78 miles; Bethany, OK; FT enrollment: 2,044)
  • Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (about 80 miles; Oklahoma City, OK; FT enrollment: 2,498)
  • Oklahoma City Community College (about 81 miles; Oklahoma City, OK; FT enrollment: 5,513)
  • Oklahoma City University (about 83 miles; Oklahoma City, OK; FT enrollment: 3,069)
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (about 85 miles; Oklahoma City, OK; FT enrollment: 3,132)

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Notable location: Bessie Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 
Washita County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bessie and their reported violations in the past:

BESSIE (Population served: 190, Purch_surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between OCT-01-2000 and APR-04-2003, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUL-30-2001), St Compliance achieved (APR-04-2003)
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between OCT-1999 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUL-30-2001)
  • 9 routine major monitoring violations

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 8.0%
(8.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.4 people
Oklahoma:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  66.2%
Whole state:  66.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  3.9%
Whole state:  5.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Bessie, OK

Bessie compared to Oklahoma state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Bessie travel time to work - commute


Bessie mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (68%)
  • Electricity (26%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Bessie (based on Washita County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 84.56%
Here84.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurches of Christ U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren ChurchesAmerican Baptist Association
Adherents48.1%18.4%8.4%6.6%3.6%
Congregations17.9%15.4%20.5%5.1%5.1%
NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Christian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents2.4%2.4%2.0%1.9%6.2%
Congregations2.6%7.7%5.1%2.6%17.9%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Washita County:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Washita County:

1.72 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
Washita County:

6.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.35 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Here:

8.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.89 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.5%
Oklahoma:

10.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Washita County:

26.1%
Oklahoma:

29.2%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$772
Other Government Administration 0$0 3$103
Water Supply 0$0 1$200
Totals for Government 0$0 5$1,075

Bessie government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $43,000 ($236.26)
    Central Staff Services: $36,000 ($197.80)
    Housing & Community Development: $7,000 ($38.46)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($27.47)
    Sewerage: $5,000 ($27.47)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $50,000 ($274.73)
    Water Utilities: $16,000 ($87.91)
    Sewerage: $2,000 ($10.99)
    Housing & Community Development: $1,000 ($5.49)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $17,000 ($93.41)

Bessie government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $17,000 ($93.41)
    All Other: $5,000 ($27.47)
    Sewerage: $0 ($0.00)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $8,000 ($43.96)
    Water Utilities: $2,000 ($10.99)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $25,000 ($137.36)
    Rents: $2,000 ($10.99)
    Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($10.99)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $31,000 ($170.33)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $53,000 ($291.21)
    General Support: $2,000 ($10.99)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $11,000 ($60.44)
    Public Utilities: $5,000 ($27.47)
    NEC: $2,000 ($10.99)

Bessie government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $195,000 ($1071.43)

9.79% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($29,332 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.79%
Oklahoma average:

8.21%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Beckham County, OK  1.65% ($28,082 average AGI)
from Custer County, OK  1.38% ($25,686)
from Oklahoma County, OK  0.54% ($24,250)


8.95% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($34,985 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.95%
Oklahoma average:

7.91%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Custer County, OK  1.92% ($26,000 average AGI)
to Beckham County, OK  1.72% ($51,714)
to Canadian County, OK  0.41% ($50,467)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bessie:

  • KCLI (1320 AM; 1 kW; CLINTON, OK; Owner: WRIGHT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KOMA (1520 AM; 50 kW; OKLAHOMA CITY, OK; Owner: RENDA BROADCASTING CORP. OF NEVADA)
  • KJON (850 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ANADARKO, OK; Owner: CARROLLTON BROADCASTING OF TEXAS, LP)
  • KRMG (740 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KWEY (1590 AM; 1 kW; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: WRIGHT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KADS (1240 AM; 1 kW; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: PARAGON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WBAP (820 AM; 50 kW; FORT WORTH, TX; Owner: WBAP-KSCS OPERATING, LTD.)
  • KFAQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KTJS (1420 AM; 1 kW; HOBART, OK; Owner: FUCHS RADIO, LLC)
  • WWLS (640 AM; 5 kW; MOORE, OK; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KRLD (1080 AM; 50 kW; DALLAS, TX; Owner: TEXAS INFINITY BROADCASTING L.P.)
  • KCAF (990 AM; 10 kW; FARMERSVILLE, TX; Owner: RENAISSANCE RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bessie:

  • KQMX (95.5 FM; CLINTON, OK; Owner: WRIGHT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC)
  • KYCU (89.1 FM; CLINTON, OK; Owner: CAMERON UNIVERSITY)
  • KRMP (103.5 FM; ANADARKO, OK; Owner: PERRY BROADCASTING OF SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA, INC.)
  • KCDL (99.3 FM; CORDELL, OK; Owner: WRIGHT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • KWEY-FM (97.3 FM; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: WRIGHT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS, INC.)
  • K216FR (91.1 FM; CLINTON, OK; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KTIJ (98.5 FM; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: FUCHS RADIO, LLC)
  • KECO (96.5 FM; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: PARAGON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K209DI (89.7 FM; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KQTZ (105.9 FM; HOBART, OK; Owner: ALTUS RADIO, INC.)
  • KAYM (90.5 FM; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KXOO (94.3 FM; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: PARAGON COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • K220FP (91.9 FM; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)

TV broadcast stations around Bessie:

  • K29EI (Channel 29; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K44AP (Channel 44; ELK CITY, ETC., OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K46AN (Channel 46; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K48AP (Channel 48; ELK CITY, ETC., OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K50AL (Channel 50; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K54CM (Channel 54; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K56EY (Channel 56; ELK CITY, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • KWET (Channel 12; CHEYENNE, OK; Owner: OKLAHOMA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION AUTHORITY)
  • K17DH (Channel 17; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K20DX (Channel 20; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K22ED (Channel 22; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K41DS (Channel 41; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)
  • K59GE (Channel 39; WEATHERFORD, OK; Owner: NORTHFORK TV TRANSLATOR SYSTEM)


FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

5
  • Randal Gardner, 22462 E 1120 Rd (Lat: 35.392083 Lon: -98.983000), Type: 85.3, Overall height: 79.2 m
    Registrant: 4053754111, Dnbrown@ptci.Com, 108 EAST ROBBERTS
  • Neal Brown, 22462 E 1120 Rd (Lat: 35.392083 Lon: -98.983000), Type: 85.3, Overall height: 79.2 m
    Registrant: 4053754111, Dnbrown@ptci.Com, 108 EAST ROBBERTS
  • NEAL BROWN, 22462 E 1120 Rd (Lat: 35.392083 Lon: -98.983000), Type: 83.5, Overall height: 79.2 m
    Registrant: 4053754111, Dnbrown@ptci.Com, 108 EAST ROBBERTS
  • NEAL BROWN, 22462 E 1120 Rd (Lat: 35.392083 Lon: -98.983000), Type: 83.5, Overall height: 79.2 m
    Registrant: 4053754111, Dnbrown@ptci.Com, 108 EAST ROBBERTS
  • S Edge Of Town (Lat: 35.385000 Lon: -98.986389), Type: 41.1, Overall height: 39.6 m
    Registrant: 9158961037, Kenb@wcc.Net


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 3

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