McAlester, OK Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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McAlester, Oklahoma - Basic Facts

The City of McAlester had a population of 18,070 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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


Total Population 18,070
Daytime Population: Workers 12,191
Daytime Population: Residents 9,352
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 21,543
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.19
Population in Households 15,814
Population in Familes 12,376
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,256
Population Density2 1,116
Diversity Index3 60


Median Household Income $42,565
Average Household Income $59,841
Per Capita Income $22,640


Total Housing Units 7,614 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,058 (53.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,511 (33.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,046 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $101,209
Average Home Value $137,380


Total Households 6,568
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 4,120
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 -0.24% -0.09%
Households -0.46% -0.19%
Families -0.6% -0.26%
Median Household Income   1.7%
Per Capita Income   2.4%

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, 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 # 28 96th
Population Density # 134 82nd
Diversity Index # 166 77th
Median Household Income # 369 50th
Per Capita Income # 350 52nd

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