Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Okmulgee is a city in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 13,022 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Okmulgee County. The town has been the capital of the Creek Nation since the United States Civil War. Okmulgee means boiling or bubbling water in the Creek language. The site was chosen because the Creeks believed that tornadoes would not strike there; they were right.


Okmulgee is located at (35.624558, -95.963254).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.8 square miles (33.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 13,022 people, 5,135 households, and 3,291 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,015.7 people per square mile (392.2/km²). There were 5,948 housing units at an average density of 463.9/sq mi (179.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.85% White, 21.29% African American, 13.61% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 5.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.83% of the population.

There were 5,135 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,344, and the median income for a family was $31,015. Males had a median income of $26,105 versus $19,722 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,633. About 19.6% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.0% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

Crime statistics for the community are available in the Oklahoma Almanac.

Points of interest



Post Secondary


  • Oscar Pettiford, jazz bass player
  • David Obey, US Congressmember, birthplace
  • Will Sampson, actor
  • Bill Self, college basketball coach, birth place
  • Samuel Checote burial site of first elected Chief of Creek Nation after the U.S. Civil War. The community of Checotah, Oklahoma is named for him.
  • Rodrigo Mataloun, O cara, THE guy, from Brazil.
  • Guliver, the Giant, from Brazil.
  • Chummy Henson, Actor, Lounge singer, comedian, got his start in Okmulgee with KOKL radio.
  • Roy LeBlanc, By 1956, Roy Le Blanc, a native Oklahoman, decided to organized the all black rodeo show. The place was Okmulgee, Oklahoma and the rodeo was called the Okmulgee Rodeo.
  • Mel McDaniel, Country Music Singer
  • Kermit Holmes,1987 Basketball Champs,Oklahoma Sooners 1987-1991 played for Billy Tubbs.
  • Dr.James P. and Kathryn Sudderth Vanderpool- He was a doctor and Mayor in mid 70's bringing running water and sewer to the towns forgotten areas and ran for a senate seat also philanthropists.
  • David Thompson, 1993 Football All American, All-State Runningback (5000 yards)and Linebacker, Oklahoma State Cowboys All Big 8 and All Big 12 (3rd all time rusher) Played NFL for St.Louis Rams 1997-1999


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