McAlester, OK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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McAlester, Oklahoma - Basic Facts

The City of McAlester had a population of 18,195 as of July 1, 2016. McAlester 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 McAlester is located at latitude 34.9268 and longitude -95.7699 in Pittsburg County. The formal boundaries for the City of McAlester (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.12 sq. miles. Pittsburg County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 735 feet.

The City of McAlester (GNIS ID: 2411056) 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 McAlester is located within McAlester Division of Pittsburg County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for McAlester: MacAlister, MacAllister, South McAlester.

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


Total Population 18,195
Population in Households 15,939
Population in Familes 12,474
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,256
Population Density1 1,123
Diversity Index2 59


Total Households 6,629
Average Household Size 2.4
Family Households 4,153
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,690 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,167 (54.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,461 (32.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,061 (13.8%)
Median Home Value $111,260
Average Home Value $142,632


Median Household Income $40,051
Average Household Income $56,775
Per Capita Income $21,543
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.16% -0.05%
Households -0.39% -0.16%
Families -0.57% -0.24%
Median Household Income   1.13%
Per Capita Income   1.06%
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.

McAlester, OK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares McAlester 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 # 28 96th
Population Density1 # 130 82nd
Diversity Index2 # 166 77th
Median Household Income # 408 44th
Per Capita Income # 371 49th

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