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Glenpool, Oklahoma

Glenpool is a city in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 8,123 at the 2000 census.


On November 22, 1905, wildcatters, Robert Galbreath and Frank Chesley (along with, by some accounts, Charles Colcord), drilling for oil on farmland owned by Creek Indian Ida E. Glenn, created the first oil gusher in what would soon be known as the "Glenn Pool". The discovery set off a boom of growth for the area, bringing in hordes of people: lease buyers, producers, millionaires, laborers, tool suppliers, drunks, swindlers and newspeople. Daily production soon exceeded 120,000 barrels.

The oil field was the richest the world had yet known, making more money than the California Gold Rush and Colorado Silver Rush combined and making Oklahoma known around the world for oil production. With the fall of oil prices in the 1980s many of the communities surrounding Tulsa, the "Oil Capital of the World" fell into deep recession, and Glenpool was not spared this fate. An annual celebration called "Black Gold Days" commemorates the glory years of Glenpool's history.


Glenpool is located at (35.949496, -96.002343).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.3 square miles (24.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,123 people, 2,761 households, and 2,250 families residing in the city. The population density was 873.5 people per square mile (337.2/km²). There were 2,849 housing units at an average density of 306.4/sq mi (118.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.89% White, 2.27% African American, 12.98% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 5.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.34% of the population.

There were 2,761 households out of which 49.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.5% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.91 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 35.5% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 90.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,209, and the median income for a family was $47,093. Males had a median income of $32,377 versus $23,927 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,868. About 6.2% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

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