Tahlequah, OK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Tahlequah, Oklahoma - Basic Facts

The City of Tahlequah had a population of 16,636 as of July 1, 2016. Tahlequah ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Oklahoma. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Tahlequah is located at latitude 35.9118 and longitude -94.9771 in Cherokee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Tahlequah (see map below) encompass a land area of 12.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Cherokee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 797 feet.

The City of Tahlequah (GNIS ID: 2412028) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Oklahoma is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Tahlequah is located within Tahlequah Division of Cherokee County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Tahlequah population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Tahlequah, OK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 16,636
Population in Households 15,090
Population in Familes 10,887
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,546
Population Density1 1,333
Diversity Index2 71


Total Households 6,447
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 3,626
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,280 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,822 (38.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,625 (49.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 833 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $139,264
Average Home Value $190,825


Median Household Income $33,654
Average Household Income $48,901
Per Capita Income $19,700
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.88% 0.69%
Households 0.86% 0.72%
Families 1.27% 0.64%
Median Household Income   1.83%
Per Capita Income   1.24%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Tahlequah, OK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Tahlequah to the other 731 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oklahoma by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 32 96th
Population Density1 # 75 90th
Diversity Index2 # 31 96th
Median Household Income # 626 15th
Per Capita Income # 518 29th

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