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Poteau, Oklahoma - Basic Facts

The City of Poteau had a population of 8,601 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Poteau is located at latitude 35.043 and longitude -94.6349 in Le Flore County. The formal boundaries for the City of Poteau (see map below) encompass a land area of 30.15 sq. miles and a water area of 2.47 sq. miles. Le Flore County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 489 feet.

The City of Poteau (GNIS ID: 2411476) 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 Poteau is located within Poteau Division of Le Flore County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Poteau population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Poteau, OK Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 8,601
Daytime Population: Workers 6,514
Daytime Population: Residents 5,049
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 11,563
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.34
Population in Households 8,153
Population in Familes 6,624
Population in Group Qrtrs 448
Population Density2 285
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $40,427
Average Household Income $53,329
Per Capita Income $21,554


Total Housing Units 3,624 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,949 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,247 (34.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 428 (11.8%)
Median Home Value $90,665
Average Home Value $127,052


Total Households 3,196
Average Household Size 2.55
Family Households 2,118
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.13% 0.14%
Households 0.08% 0.1%
Families -0.1% 0.03%
Median Household Income   1.46%
Per Capita Income   2.69%

Poteau, OK - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Poteau to the other 731 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Oklahoma by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 50 93rd
Population Density # 462 37th
Diversity Index # 231 69th
Median Household Income # 438 40th
Per Capita Income # 424 42nd

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