Poteau, OK

Census Place

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2022 Population
8,852
1.27% 1-year growth
US Senator
James Lankford
Republican Party
US Senator
Markwayne Mullin
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
34.9
0.286% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
20.7%
7.86% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$47,782
17.4% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$138,400
15.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
3,532
1.81% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Poteau, OK had a population of 8.85k people with a median age of 34.9 and a median household income of $47,782. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Poteau, OK grew from 8,741 to 8,852, a 1.27% increase and its median household income grew from $40,711 to $47,782, a 17.4% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Poteau, OK are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.4%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (8.81%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (7.57%), White (Hispanic) (5.43%), and Other (Hispanic) (5.15%).

None of the households in Poteau, OK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.1% of the residents in Poteau, OK are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Poteau, OK are Carl Albert State College (447 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Poteau, OK was $138,400, and the homeownership rate was 59.1%.

Most people in Poteau, OK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Poteau, OK was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Poteau, OK is home to a population of 8.85k people, from which 93.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 9.27% of Poteau, OK residents were born outside of the country (821 people).

In 2022, there were 7.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.88k people) in Poteau, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 780 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 670 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.1%
2022 Citizenship
93.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.1% of Poteau, OK residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Poteau, OK was 93.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Poteau, OK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.88k ± 343
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    780 ± 158
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    670 ± 162
15.9%
Hispanic Population
1.41k people

In 2022, there were 7.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.88k people) in Poteau, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 780 American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 670 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

15.9% of the people in Poteau, OK are hispanic (1.41k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Poteau, OK as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    102,193 ± 7,747 people
  2. Vietnam
    12,454 ± 2,736 people
  3. India
    10,765 ± 2,544 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma was Mexico, the natal country of 102,193 Oklahoma residents, followed by Vietnam with 12,454 and India with 10,765.

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Foreign-Born Population

9.27%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
821 people
8.26%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
722 people

As of 2022, 9.27% of Poteau, OK residents (821 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Poteau, OK was 8.26%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    196 ± 88
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    168 ± 95
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    130 ± 75

Poteau, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Poteau, OK employs 3.53k people. The largest industries in Poteau, OK are Retail Trade (510 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (422 people), and Manufacturing (420 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($77,969), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($64,702), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($63,512).

Males in Oklahoma have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,245. The income inequality in Oklahoma (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

3.53k
2022 Value
± 368
−1.81%
1 Year decline
± 15.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Poteau, OK declined at a rate of −1.81%, from 3.6k employees to 3.53k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Poteau, OK, are Production Occupations (364 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (359 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (355 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Poteau, OK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.53k
2022 Value
± 368
−1.81%
1 Year decline
± 15.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Poteau, OK declined at a rate of −1.81%, from 3.6k employees to 3.53k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Poteau, OK, are Retail Trade (510 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (422 people), and Manufacturing (420 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Poteau, OK, though some of these residents may live in Poteau, OK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$37,466
Median earning men ± $5,298
$23,804
Median earning women ± $3,716

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($69,886), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($62,404), and Public Administration ($47,045).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($42,019), Public Administration ($38,438), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($31,176).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.72M people employed in Oklahoma. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Oklahoma.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Oklahoma went to Donald J. Trump with 65.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (32.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%).

James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin are the senators currently representing the state of Oklahoma. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Oklahoma is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Oklahoma

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James Lankford
Senator from Oklahoma3
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Took office following the resignation of Tom Coburn.
Markwayne Mullin
Senator from Oklahoma2
Assumed office on January 3, 2023
Took office following the resignation of Jim Inhofe.

James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin are the senators currently representing Oklahoma.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Oklahoma over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Oklahoma

Oklahoma is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Oklahoma have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Poteau, OK awarded 447 degrees. The student population of Poteau, OK in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 590 male students and 1,233 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Poteau, OK are White (229 and 51.2%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (140 and 31.3%), Two or More Races (33 and 7.38%), and Hispanic or Latino (29 and 6.49%).

The largest universities in Poteau, OK by number of degrees awarded are Carl Albert State College (447 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Poteau, OK are Child Care Provider (113 and 25.3%), General Health Services (79 and 17.7%), and General Business Administration & Management (45 and 10.1%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 1,823 students enrolled in Poteau, OK, 32.4% men and 67.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 871 records, of which 66.4% were women and 33.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 79 degrees awarded
  2. 45 degrees awarded
  3. 42 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Poteau, OK was General Health Services with 79 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Poteau, OK according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
447 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carl Albert State College with 447 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 104 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Poteau, OK, which is 0.303 times less than the 343 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 229 degrees mean that there were 1.64 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 140 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($3,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,230) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,700) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.873% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.779% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (965k), Some college (734k), and Bachelors Degree (494k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Poteau, OK was $138,400 in 2022, which is 0.491 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $120,100 to $138,400, a 15.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Poteau, OK is 59.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Poteau, OK have an average commute time of 25.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Poteau, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Poteau, OK is $47,782. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Poteau, OK was Census Tract 404.01 with a value of $53,401, followed by Census Tract 403.03 and Census Tract 404.02, with respective values of $53,009 and $42,727.

Property

$138,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$12,418
$1,857
Median Property Taxes
±$244

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Poteau, OK the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Poteau, OK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

59.1%
Homeownership
2022
59.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 59.1% of the housing units in Poteau, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 58.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 404.01
  2. Census Tract 403.03
  3. Census Tract 404.02

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Poteau, OK was Census Tract 404.01 with a value of $53,401, followed by Census Tract 403.03 and Census Tract 404.02, with respective values of $53,009 and $42,727.

The following map shows all of the places in Poteau, OK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$47,782
Median Household Income
± $6,591
3.14k
Number of Households
± 326

In 2022, the median household income of the 3.14k households in Poteau, OK grew to $47,782 from the previous year's value of $40,711.

The following chart displays the households in Poteau, OK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Poteau, OK is from Oklahoma.
0.456
2022 Wage GINI in Oklahoma
0.453
2021 Wage GINI in Oklahoma

In 2022, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.507% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Oklahoma was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oklahoma in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (79.2%)
  2. Carpooled (15.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.94%)

In 2022, 79.2% of workers in Poteau, OK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (15.4%) and those who worked at home (3.94%).

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Commute Time

25.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Poteau, OK have a shorter commute time (25.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.36% of the workforce in Poteau, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Poteau, OK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Poteau, OK have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Poteau, OK (1.75k out of 8.47k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Poteau, OK is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

79.8% of the population of Poteau, OK has health coverage, with 30.6% on employee plans, 24.2% on Medicaid, 9.41% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 2.93% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Le Flore County, OK see 3561 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.252% decrease from the previous year (3570 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3329 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 292 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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3,561 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Le Flore County, OK

Primary care physicians in Le Flore County, OK see an average of 3,561 patients per year. This represents a 0.252% decrease from the previous year (3,570 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Le Flore County, OK in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.8% under 18 years, 22.1% between 18 and 34 years, 34% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.5% were men and 52.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

20.2%
Uninsured
30.6%
Employer Coverage
24.2%
Medicaid
9.41%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
2.93%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Poteau, OK grew by 2.45% from 19.7% to 20.2%.

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