Bessie, Oklahoma

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Population in 2013: 183 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -3.7%
 
Males: 101  (55.2%)
Females: 82  (44.8%)
Median resident age:  44.3 years
Oklahoma median age:  37.0 years

Zip code: 73622

Estimated median household income in 2012: $64,264 (it was $26,111 in 2000)
Bessie:

$64,264
OK:

$44,312
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $27,998 (it was $15,110 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $52,611 (it was $32,500 in 2000)
Bessie:

$52,611
OK:

$114,300
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $38,852; Detached houses: $42,505; Townhouses or other attached units: $11,716; Mobile homes: $29,875

Median gross rent in 2012: $700.

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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: 77.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: English (22.5%), Irish (16.8%), German (16.2%), United States (8.1%), Scotch-Irish (1.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Elevation: 1550 feet

Land area: 0.51 square miles.

Population density: 357 people per square mile   (very low).

Bessie, Oklahoma map

For population 25 years and over in Bessie:

  • High school or higher: 84.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 21.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.5%
  • Unemployed: 7.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bessie town:

  • Never married: 19.7%
  • Now married: 53.7%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 6.0%
  • Divorced: 20.7%

2 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.1%
Oklahoma:  5.6%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $300 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $310 (0.4%)

Bessie satellite photo by USGS

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

Bessie household income distribution Bessie home values distribution
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

3.4%
Oklahoma:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -52 (-21.5%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Transportation and warehousing (27%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (25%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (28%)
  • Public administration (19%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Construction (6%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
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

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Bessie-area historical tornado activity is near Oklahoma state average. It is 149% 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 above Oklahoma state average. It is 64% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 192.1 miles away from the city center
On 2/15/1974 at 13:33:49, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 122.7 miles away from Bessie center
On 4/28/1998 at 14:13:01, a magnitude 4.2 (3.9 MB, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) 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 the city center
On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 153.1 miles away from Bessie center
On 9/15/1995 at 00:31:33, a magnitude 4.1 (3.8 LG, 4.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 104.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

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: 6, Ice Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bessie topographic map

Birthplace of: Will Rogers (Oklahoma politician) - Politician.

Hospitals and medical centers near Bessie:

  • CORDELL CHRISTIAN HOME (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; CORDELL, OK)
  • CORDELL CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; CORDELL, OK)
  • CORDELL MANOR (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; CORDELL, OK)
  • GRACE LIVING CENTER-CLINTON (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, OK)
  • HERITAGE CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, OK)
  • UNITED METHODIST HEALTH CARE CENTER, INC (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, OK)
  • SAMARITAN HOME CARE, LLC (SUBUNIT) (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; CLINTON, OK)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bessie:

  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University (about 19 miles; Weatherford, OK; Full-time enrollment: 4,126)
  • Western Oklahoma State College (about 54 miles; Altus, OK; FT enrollment: 2,054)
  • Cameron University (about 63 miles; Lawton, OK; FT enrollment: 4,695)
  • Southern Nazarene University (about 78 miles; Bethany, OK; FT enrollment: 2,064)
  • Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (about 80 miles; Oklahoma City, OK; FT enrollment: 4,784)
  • Mid-America Christian University (about 80 miles; Oklahoma City, OK; FT enrollment: 2,869)
  • Oklahoma City Community College (about 80 miles; Oklahoma City, OK; FT enrollment: 8,904)

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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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2004 was 22.0. This is significantly better than average.

City:

22.0
U.S.:

74.2

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 18.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 9.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

18.4
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 8.80. This is about average. Closest monitor was 9.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.80
U.S.:

9.14

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 Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-1999, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/penalty) issued (JUL-30-2001), St Compliance achieved (JUN-21-2010)
  • 9 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 minor monitoring violations
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 7.1%
(7.6% 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

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.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Bessie travel time to work - commute Bessie mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (77%)
  • Electricity (22%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bessie town (based on Washita County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 84.56%
Here: 84.6%
USA: 50.2%

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 2012)
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$1,498
Other Government Administration 0$0 4$200
Water Supply 0$0 1$388
Totals for Government 0$0 6$2,086

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

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $43,000 ($234.97)
    Central Staff Services: $36,000 ($196.72)
    Housing & Community Development: $7,000 ($38.25)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,000 ($27.32)
    Sewerage: $5,000 ($27.32)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Fire Protection: $50,000 ($273.22)
    Water Utilities: $16,000 ($87.43)
    Sewerage: $2,000 ($10.93)
    Housing & Community Development: $1,000 ($5.46)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $17,000 ($92.90)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $17,000 ($92.90)
    All Other: $5,000 ($27.32)
    Sewerage: $0 ($0.00)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing & Community Development: $8,000 ($43.72)
    Water Utilities: $2,000 ($10.93)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $25,000 ($136.61)
    Rents: $2,000 ($10.93)
    Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($10.93)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $31,000 ($169.40)
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $53,000 ($289.62)
    General Support: $2,000 ($10.93)
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $11,000 ($60.11)
    Public Utilities: $5,000 ($27.32)
    NEC: $2,000 ($10.93)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $195,000 ($1065.57)

8.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,276 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.49%
Oklahoma average:

7.34%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Beckham County, OK  1.63% ($35,435 average AGI)
from Custer County, OK  1.53% ($43,603)
from Kiowa County, OK  0.40% ($24,467)


9.21% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,528 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.21%
Oklahoma average:

7.24%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Custer County, OK  1.99% ($38,237 average AGI)
to Beckham County, OK  1.88% ($37,694)
to Oklahoma County, OK  0.73% ($41,000)

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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