Poteau, Oklahoma

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Population in 2017: 8,866 (82% urban, 18% rural).
Population change since 2000: +11.7%
 
Males: 4,295  (48.5%)
Females: 4,571  (51.5%)
Median resident age:

36.0 years
Oklahoma median age:

36.4 years

Zip codes: 74953, 74956.

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Estimated median household income in 2016: $40,350 (it was $26,178 in 2000)
Poteau:

$40,350
OK:

$49,176

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $20,324 (it was $15,175 in 2000)

Poteau city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $100,921 (it was $54,700 in 2000)
Poteau:

$100,921
OK:

$132,200

Mean prices in 2016: all housing units: $130,726; detached houses: $131,450; mobile homes: $61,728

Median gross rent in 2016: $578.

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 24.0%
(19.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 53.5% for Black residents, 36.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 32.2% for American Indian residents, 38.7% for other race residents, 32.4% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Poteau, OK (2016)
    • 5,99168.1%White alone
    • 1,29014.7%Hispanic
    • 7688.7%American Indian alone
    • 4885.5%Two or more races
    • 2022.3%Black alone
    • 570.6%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 120.1%Asian alone

Races in Poteau detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Oklahoma and other state lists, there were 25 registered sex offenders living in Poteau, Oklahoma as of August 21, 2019.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Poteau is 352 to 1.


Crime rates in Poteau by year

Type

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.4)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.5)
7
(86.6)
5
(60.8)
2
(24.0)
10
(120.8)
5
(60.3)
3
(35.7)
2
(23.2)
7
(81.3)
2
(23.4)
1
(11.6)
3
(34.5)
6
(68.4)
8
(89.8)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
2
(25.1)
5
(62.4)
2
(24.8)
0
(0.0)
2
(24.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(24.1)
1
(11.9)
0
(0.0)
1
(11.6)
0
(0.0)
5
(58.1)
4
(46.0)
2
(22.8)
1
(11.2)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
36
(451.8)
47
(586.3)
90
(1,114)
42
(510.7)
34
(407.3)
27
(326.2)
35
(422.3)
31
(368.7)
36
(418.1)
31
(360.1)
37
(433.8)
31
(360.4)
20
(230.0)
43
(490.3)
43
(482.4)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
59
(740.5)
80
(997.9)
56
(693.2)
45
(547.2)
19
(227.6)
27
(326.2)
34
(410.3)
46
(547.1)
43
(499.4)
69
(801.5)
146
(1,712)
116
(1,349)
138
(1,587)
171
(1,950)
139
(1,560)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
279
(3,502)
294
(3,667)
354
(4,382)
249
(3,028)
106
(1,270)
110
(1,329)
215
(2,594)
192
(2,284)
90
(1,045)
215
(2,497)
379
(4,444)
325
(3,778)
405
(4,657)
365
(4,162)
384
(4,308)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
24
(301.2)
22
(274.4)
33
(408.5)
20
(243.2)
27
(323.5)
32
(386.6)
29
(349.9)
33
(392.5)
21
(243.9)
23
(267.2)
18
(211.0)
26
(302.3)
31
(356.5)
24
(273.7)
21
(235.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1
(12.6)
2
(24.9)
7
(86.6)
5
(60.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(12.1)
0
(0.0)
3
(35.7)
1
(11.6)
0
(0.0)
2
(23.4)
1
(11.6)
3
(34.5)
3
(34.2)
3
(33.7)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 280.6)316.4384.4556.0329.6200.4293.0300.5266.9198.5317.9420.0368.5413.3507.3472.0

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City-data.com crime index in Poteau, OK

Crime rate in Poteau detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 31 (25 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.80
Oklahoma average:

2.23
March 2016 cost of living index in Poteau: 78.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (10.7%), Irish (9.8%), German (5.0%), English (3.7%), Italian (1.6%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 28.6 square miles.

Population density: 310 people per square mile   (very low).

Poteau,OK real estate house value index trend

Poteau, Oklahoma map

674 residents are foreign born (6.4% Latin America).

This city:

7.7%
Oklahoma:

5.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $821 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $623 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Fort Smith, AR (25.1 miles , pop. 80,268).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Tulsa, OK (104.5 miles , pop. 393,049).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (199.3 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Shady Point, OK (2.3 miles ),
Howe, OK (2.7 miles ),
Cameron, OK (2.7 miles ),
Panama, OK (2.8 miles ),
Wister, OK (2.9 miles ),
Heavener, OK (3.4 miles ),
Rock Island, OK (3.5 miles ),
Spiro, OK (3.6 miles )
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Latitude: 35.06 N, Longitude: 94.63 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,805 (+20.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,978 (53.9%)

Area code: 918

Distribution of median household income in Poteau, OK in 2016
Distribution of house value in Poteau, OK in 2016
Poteau satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 15 buildings, average cost: $73,200
  • 1998: 10 buildings, average cost: $68,800
  • 1999: 14 buildings, average cost: $72,200
  • 2000: 10 buildings, average cost: $82,700
  • 2001: 19 buildings, average cost: $72,400
  • 2002: 19 buildings, average cost: $74,000
  • 2003: 19 buildings, average cost: $73,700
  • 2004: 22 buildings, average cost: $73,800
  • 2005: 34 buildings, average cost: $115,500
  • 2006: 24 buildings, average cost: $111,800
  • 2007: 18 buildings, average cost: $107,300
  • 2008: 33 buildings, average cost: $65,300
  • 2009: 57 buildings, average cost: $78,700
  • 2010: 33 buildings, average cost: $96,500
  • 2011: 37 buildings, average cost: $90,200
  • 2012: 46 buildings, average cost: $91,600
  • 2013: 57 buildings, average cost: $91,200
  • 2014: 61 buildings, average cost: $91,200
  • 2015: 55 buildings, average cost: $92,100
  • 2016: 58 buildings, average cost: $91,800
  • 2017: 7 buildings, average cost: $117,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Poteau, OK residents
Average permit cost in Poteau, OK
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.4%
Oklahoma:

3.2%
Historical population in Poteau, OK
Historical housing units in Poteau, OK

Population change in the 1990s: +510 (+6.9%).
Most common industries in Poteau, OK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (14.3%)
  • Food (10.1%)
  • Educational services (8.6%)
  • Public administration (5.7%)
  • Social assistance (5.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.8%)
  • Construction (4.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Food (13.7%)
  • Construction (7.5%)
  • Public administration (5.9%)
  • Educational services (5.1%)
  • Health care (4.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.2%)
  • Plastics & rubber products (3.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (25.5%)
  • Educational services (12.7%)
  • Social assistance (9.5%)
  • Food (6.0%)
  • Public administration (5.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.1%)
Most common occupations in Poteau, OK (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.1%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.8%)
  • Teachers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school (4.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.3%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6.7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.9%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.6%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Teachers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school (8.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.8%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (5.7%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.8%)
  • Cashiers (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.5%)

Average climate in Poteau, Oklahoma

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Poteau, Oklahoma average temperatures Poteau, Oklahoma average precipitation Poteau, Oklahoma humidity Poteau, Oklahoma wind speed Poteau, Oklahoma snowfall Poteau, Oklahoma sunshine Poteau, Oklahoma clear and cloudy days

Poteau, Oklahoma environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 Ozone PM10 PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 61.4. This is better than average.

City:

61.4
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 5.13. This is about average. Closest monitor was 24.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.13
U.S.:

5.56
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 24.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 24.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

24.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2015 was 19.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 24.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

19.2
U.S.:

19.6
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.35. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 24.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.35
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Poteau-area historical tornado activity is below Oklahoma state average. It is 76% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/26/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 10.6 miles away from the Poteau city center killed 2 people and injured 64 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/5/1961, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 7.6 miles away from the city center killed 16 people and injured 58 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Poteau-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Oklahoma state average. It is 76% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 137.3 miles away from Poteau center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 138.2 miles away from Poteau 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 106.1 miles away from Poteau center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 246.0 miles away from Poteau center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 289.0 miles away from Poteau 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 169.4 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 Le Flore County (23) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 13, Floods: 11, Tornadoes: 8, Winter Storms: 8, Winds: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Poteau topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Poteau:

  • EASTERN OKLAHOMA MEDICAL CENTER (Voluntary non-profit - Other, provides emergency services, 105 WALL STREET)
  • HOSPICE PEACHTREE, LLC (3100 NORTH BROADWAY #108)
  • MAYS HOSPICE, INC (1512 NORTH BROADWAY)
  • LEFLORE NH INC (410 CARTER STREET)
  • POTEAU NH (1212 REYNOLDS)
  • THE OAKS HEALTHCARE CENTER (1501 CLAYTON AVENUE)
  • POTEAU DIALYSIS CTR (1200 CENTRAL ST)
  • ADVANTAGE HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE L L C (20775 292ND STREET)
  • CREATIVE HOME HEALTH CARE, INC (2703 N BROADWAY)
  • EASTERN OKLAHOMA HOME HEALTH (104 WALL STREET)

Airports located in Poteau:

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Colleges/Universities in Poteau:

  • Carl Albert State College (Full-time enrollment: 2,041; Location: 1507 S McKenna; Public; Website: www.carlalbert.edu)
  • Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau (Full-time enrollment: 361; Location: 1509 S McKenna; Public; Website: www.ktc.edu)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Poteau:

  • University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (about 27 miles; Fort Smith, AR; Full-time enrollment: 6,103)
  • Northeastern State University (about 63 miles; Tahlequah, OK; FT enrollment: 6,895)
  • University of Arkansas (about 74 miles; Fayetteville, AR; FT enrollment: 22,163)
  • John Brown University (about 79 miles; Siloam Springs, AR; FT enrollment: 2,097)
  • Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (about 84 miles; Okmulgee, OK; FT enrollment: 3,243)
  • Arkansas Tech University (about 87 miles; Russellville, AR; FT enrollment: 9,038)
  • NorthWest Arkansas Community College (about 94 miles; Bentonville, AR; FT enrollment: 5,634)

Public high school in Poteau:

  • POTEAU HS (Students: 611, Location: 100 PIRATE LANE, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Poteau:

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Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Poteau: Country Square (A), Poteau Fire Department Station 1 Headquarters (B), Poteau Fire Department Station 2 (C), Emergency Medical Services of Le Flore County Station 6 Headquarters (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Wal Mart Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Poteau include: Pleasant Valley Church (A), Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church (B), Southside Baptist Church (C), Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (D), Presbyterian Church (E), Poteau Valley Baptist Church (F), Pentecostal Church of God (G), Kingdom Hall Jehovahs Witnesses (H), First United Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Cedar Grove Cemetery (1), Oakland Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Clear Lake (A), Beaver Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Thompson Creek (A), The Cutoff (B), Town Creek (C), Brazil Creek (D), Caston Creek (E), Polk Creek (F), Morris Creek (G), McMurtrey Creek (H), Lost Poteau River (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Poteau: Twyman Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: Court Clerk (Recreation Areas; Court House) (1), Oklahoma State - Oklahoma Visitor Information Center- Oklahoma Tourism & Information Ce (1507 South McKenna Street) (2), Sandpiper Travel Services (Tours & Charters; 1934 N Broadway) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Poteau Inn (3105 North Broadway Street) (1), Black Angus Motel (1700 North Broadway Street) (2), Days Inn Suites Poteau OK (1702 North Broadway) (3), Best Western Traders Inn (3111 North Broadway) (4), American Inn (3000 North Broadway Street) (5), Green Country Motor Inn (2902 North Broadway Street) (6). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: Court Clerk (Court House) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Birthplace of: Kenneth Corn - Politician, Jackson Burns - Stunt performer, Mick Thompson - Politician.

Le Flore 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 Poteau and their reported violations in the past:

CONSOLIDATED RWD #1 LEFLORE CO (Population served: 1,800, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - Between AUG-2008 and OCT-2008, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2014)
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - Between AUG-2008 and OCT-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2014)
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - Between MAY-2008 and JUL-2008, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2014)
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - Between MAY-2008 and JUL-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2014)
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - Between FEB-2008 and APR-2008, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: Fed Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-09-2008), St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2014)
  • 5 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
  • One other older monitoring violation
LEFLORE CO RWD # 1 (Population served: 1,758, Purch surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 6 routine major monitoring violations
Average household size:
This city:

2.5 people
Oklahoma:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

67.1%
Whole state:

66.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

5.8%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Poteau in 2010:

  • 255 people in college/university student housing
  • 130 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 98 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 4 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Poteau in 2000:

  • 205 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 145 people in nursing homes
  • 71 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 50 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Poteau (2011 data):

  • The Central National Bank of Poteau: North Branch at 1907 N Broadway, branch established on 1980/04/14; The Central National Bank Of Poteau at 209 Clayton Street, branch established on 1902/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $226.7 mil, Deposits: $205.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: Central Bancshares Of Poteau, Inc.
  • The Community State Bank: at 1409 North Broadway, branch established on 1970/10/19; North Broadway Branch at 3108 North Broadway, branch established on 1995/10/30. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $188.3 mil, Deposits: $157.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Poteau Bancshares, Inc.
  • Arvest Bank: Poteau Branch at 3002 N Broadway, branch established on 1986/06/30. Info updated 2010/11/29: Bank assets: $12,520.8 mil, Deposits: $10,446.2 mil, headquarters in Fayetteville, AR, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 241 total offices, Holding Company: Arvest Bank Group, Inc.
  • First National Bank: Poteau Branch at 3104 North Broadway, branch established on 2005/08/24. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $75.2 mil, Deposits: $62.1 mil, headquarters in Heavener, OK, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Sooner Southwest Bankshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Poteau:

Marital status in Poteau, OK
  • Never married: 29.5%
  • Now married: 46.6%
  • Separated: 1.8%
  • Widowed: 7.2%
  • Divorced: 14.9%

For population 25 years and over in Poteau:

  • High school or higher: 81.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.1%
  • Unemployed: 6.7%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2016
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2016
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.9
Oklahoma average:

11.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2016
Means of transportation to work in 2016 - Poteau
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Poteau, OK (based on Le Flore County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant25,481138
Mainline Protestant1,89115
Other8424
Catholic3033
Black Protestant1861
None21,681-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 8
Here:

1.62 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

1.97 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Le Flore County:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
This county:

1.21 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

0.76 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 35
This county:

7.07 / 10,000 pop.
Oklahoma:

4.35 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Le Flore County:

3.84 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.89 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Le Flore County:

12.8%
Oklahoma:

10.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.8%
Oklahoma:

29.2%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Poteau:

47.9%
Oklahoma:

48.0%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

43.6%
Oklahoma:

44.2%

Average BMI:
Poteau:

28.5
Oklahoma:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Poteau:

20.7%
Oklahoma:

21.8%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

11.4%
Oklahoma:

11.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Poteau:

6.8
Oklahoma:

6.8

Overweight people:
Poteau:

33.7%
State:

33.8%

General health condition:
Here:

54.0%
Oklahoma:

54.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Poteau:

77.4%
Oklahoma:

78.1%

More about Health and Nutrition of Poteau, OK Residents
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
Police Protection - Officers 23$71,949$37,5390$0
Water Supply 20$69,705$41,8230$0
Financial Administration 11$25,307$27,6080$0
Other and Unallocable 10$37,602$45,1224$3,111
Sewerage 8$26,957$40,4360$0
Parks and Recreation 8$14,134$21,2010$0
Streets and Highways 8$15,938$23,9070$0
Police - Other 5$8,649$20,7583$2,759
Solid Waste Management 3$8,151$32,6040$0
Judicial and Legal 3$7,663$30,6520$0
Airports 2$3,523$21,1380$0
Health 1$1,725$20,7008$7,515
Other Government Administration 1$6,424$77,0888$310
Welfare 0$0 0$0
Local Libraries 0$0 2$963
Firefighters 0$0 19$13,905
Totals for Government 103$297,727$34,68744$28,563

Poteau government finances - Expenditure in 2013 (per resident):

  • Construction - Libraries: $4,173,000 ($470.67)
    Parks and Recreation: $174,000 ($19.63)
    Air Transportation: $15,000 ($1.69)
  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $1,880,000 ($212.05)
    Water Utilities: $1,078,000 ($121.59)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,031,000 ($116.29)
    Regular Highways: $975,000 ($109.97)
    Sewerage: $713,000 ($80.42)
    Central Staff Services: $608,000 ($68.58)
    Solid Waste Management: $607,000 ($68.46)
    Local Fire Protection: $507,000 ($57.18)
    Financial Administration: $365,000 ($41.17)
    Air Transportation: $289,000 ($32.60)
    Public Welfare - Other: $185,000 ($20.87)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $167,000 ($18.84)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $153,000 ($17.26)
    General - Other: $117,000 ($13.20)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $87,000 ($9.81)
    Libraries: $76,000 ($8.57)
    Health - Other: $25,000 ($2.82)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $270,000 ($30.45)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $249,000 ($28.08)
    Regular Highways: $152,000 ($17.14)
    Local Fire Protection: $137,000 ($15.45)
    Sewerage: $107,000 ($12.07)
    Parks and Recreation: $71,000 ($8.01)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $28,000 ($3.16)
    Water Utilities: $27,000 ($3.05)
    Solid Waste Management: $25,000 ($2.82)
    General - Other: $10,000 ($1.13)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $3,084,000 ($347.85)

Poteau government finances - Revenue in 2013 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $823,000 ($92.83)
    Solid Waste Management: $445,000 ($50.19)
    Air Transportation: $229,000 ($25.83)
    Parks and Recreation: $175,000 ($19.74)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $23,000 ($2.59)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $61,000 ($6.88)
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $327,000 ($36.88)
    Donations From Private Sources: $301,000 ($33.95)
    Fines and Forfeits: $271,000 ($30.57)
    General Revenue - Other: $165,000 ($18.61)
    Special Assessments: $89,000 ($10.04)
    Interest Earnings: $51,000 ($5.75)
    Rents: $25,000 ($2.82)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,104,000 ($124.52)
  • State Intergovernmental - Other: $336,000 ($37.90)
    General Local Government Support: $129,000 ($14.55)
    Highways: $16,000 ($1.80)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $5,117,000 ($577.15)
    Public Utilities Sales: $468,000 ($52.79)
    Other Selective Sales: $143,000 ($16.13)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $16,000 ($1.80)
    Other License: $1,000 ($0.11)

Poteau government finances - Debt in 2013 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,661,000 ($864.09)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $7,614,000 ($858.79)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $288,000 ($32.48)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $241,000 ($27.18)

Poteau government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,324,000 ($826.08)

6.16% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($32,874 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.16%
Oklahoma average:

7.30%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Sebastian County, AR  1.70% ($28,440 average AGI)
from Latimer County, OK  0.36% ($29,925)
from Sequoyah County, OK  0.31% ($35,065)


5.88% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($37,843 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.88%
Oklahoma average:

7.47%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Sebastian County, AR  1.65% ($28,515 average AGI)
to Sequoyah County, OK  0.31% ($37,457)
to Crawford County, AR  0.27% ($27,154)
Businesses in Poteau, OK
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1New Balance1
Arby's1Nike1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut1
Best Western1SAS Shoes1
Blockbuster1SONIC Drive-In1
Burger King1Subway1
Days Inn1Taco Bell1
FedEx1True Value1
Ford1U-Haul1
H&R Block1UPS3
Holiday Inn1Vans1
KFC1Verizon Wireless1
McDonald's2Walmart1

Strongest AM radio stations in Poteau:

  • KPRV (1280 AM; 1 kW; POTEAU, OK; Owner: LEROY BILLY)
  • KYHN (1320 AM; 10 kW; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KWHN (1650 AM; 10 kW; FT. SMITH, AR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KRMG (740 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • KFAQ (1170 AM; 50 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • KGHT (880 AM; 50 kW; SHERIDAN, AR; Owner: METROPOLITAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KAAY (1090 AM; 50 kW; LITTLE ROCK, AR; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KEEL (710 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTCS (1410 AM; 1 kW; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: BIG CHIEF BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KFAY (1030 AM; 10 kW; FARMINGTON, AR; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP)
  • KWKH (1130 AM; 50 kW; SHREVEPORT, LA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KTBZ (1430 AM; 25 kW; TULSA, OK; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KFSA (950 AM; 1 kW; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: FRED H. BAKER, SR.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Poteau:

  • KZBB (97.9 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KMAG (99.1 FM; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • K219CN (91.7 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KARG (91.7 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KTCS-FM (99.9 FM; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: BIG CHIEF BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K204EW (88.7 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KOMS (107.3 FM; POTEAU, OK; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KPRV-FM (92.5 FM; HEAVENER, OK; Owner: LEROY BILLY)
  • KRWA-FM (103.1 FM; WALDRON, AR; Owner: PHARIS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KISR (93.7 FM; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: STEREO 93, INC.)
  • K207CW (89.3 FM; PARIS, AR; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KTKL (88.5 FM; STIGLER, OK; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)
  • KKBD (95.9 FM; SALLISAW, OK; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KBBQ-FM (100.7 FM; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KLSZ-FM (102.7 FM; VAN BUREN, AR; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KREU (92.3 FM; ROLAND, OK; Owner: STAR 92 CO.)
  • KTTG (96.3 FM; MENA, AR; Owner: PEARSON BROADCASTING OF MENA, INC.)
  • K207DS (89.3 FM; WISTER, OK; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • KMMY (97.1 FM; MUSKOGEE, OK; Owner: KMMY, Inc.)
  • KKRI (88.1 FM; POCOLA, OK; Owner: EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION)

TV broadcast stations around Poteau:

  • K18EU (Channel 18; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: TV 34, INC.)
  • KHBS (Channel 40; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: KHBS HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC. (CA CORP.))
  • KFSM-TV (Channel 5; FORT SMITH, AR; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • K59GJ (Channel 59; POTEAU, OK; Owner: FORT SMITH 46, INC.)
Poteau fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Poteau fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 62Number of bridges
  • 666ft / 203mTotal length
  • $63,935,000Total costs
  • 269,040Total average daily traffic
  • 37,582Total average daily truck traffic
  • 390,784Total future (year 2036) average daily traffic
New bridges in Poteau, OK - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11920-1929
  • 71930-1939
  • 81940-1949
  • 31950-1959
  • 51960-1969
  • 101970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 51990-1999
  • 212000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Poteau, OK
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Poteau)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 152 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Poteau, OK)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 23 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 57 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 64 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Poteau)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 3 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Poteau)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 21 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED31$105,01139$94,82475$95,98613$28,7761$404,89013$47,3159$35,890
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1$145,7405$78,4608$109,6331$63,0500$01$21,0201$77,770
APPLICATIONS DENIED5$79,57810$78,39337$101,0309$25,2210$01$127,4903$35,510
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN3$107,4202$79,51527$103,1116$44,0150$01$22,4200$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$65,1501$42,0508$111,1241$17,5200$00$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0403.01 , 0404.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED4$113,8303$111,153
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$01$95,270
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$00$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$0
Choose year:  2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0403.01 , 0404.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Poteau, OK
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Poteau, OK - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 2

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Poteau, Oklahoma:

  • Days Inn & Suites Poteau, 1702 N Broadway, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953 , Phone: (918) 647-3510, Fax: (918) 647-3511
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hotel, 201 Hillview Pkwy, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953 , Phone: (918) 649-0123, Fax: (918) 649-0124
  • SureStay PLUS Poteau, 3111 N Broadway St, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953 , Phone: (918) 647-4001, Fax: (918) 647-9555
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Poteau, Oklahoma
Most common first names in Poteau, OK among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William11177.4 years
John9876.0 years
James8872.6 years
Mary7682.0 years
Robert4770.2 years
Charles4677.3 years
George3973.9 years
Ruth2879.4 years
Ruby2779.7 years
Joe2767.3 years
Most common last names in Poteau, OK among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6572.1 years
Brown4375.8 years
Thompson3978.9 years
Williams2977.8 years
Davis2778.0 years
Adams2576.3 years
Johnson2576.8 years
Baker2377.4 years
James2267.7 years
Hill2274.5 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Poteau, OK
  • 53.5%Utility gas
  • 44.4%Electricity
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%Wood
  • 0.6%Solar energy
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Poteau, OK
  • 62.4%Electricity
  • 37.2%Utility gas
  • 0.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%Wood


Poteau compared to Oklahoma state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.

Poteau on our top lists:

  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Other Western Africa (population 500+)"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 100 high-educated but low-earning cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest city-data.com crime index increase from 2011 to 2012 (population 5,000+)"
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