Sentinel, Oklahoma

Sentinel is a town in Washita County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 859 at the 2000 census.


Sentinel is located at (35.156659, -99.173829).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 859 people, 346 households, and 256 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,399.0 people per square mile (543.7/km²). There were 411 housing units at an average density of 669.4/sq mi (260.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 88.01% White, 0.12% African American, 3.03% Native American, 5.47% from other races, and 3.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.29% of the population.

There were 346 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,265, and the median income for a family was $34,531. Males had a median income of $23,846 versus $19,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,122. About 15.4% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.


Sentinel was started in 1897 under the name of Burton. It was later named Sentinel.


Sentinel has a large school district consisting of over 200 square miles. The present school plant was constructed in the 1960's.Sentinel is a class 'A' school. Sentinel is located at the intersection of Highway 44 and Highway 55 in western Oklahoma. Students from the communities of Sentinel, Port, Rocky, and Carter attend Sentinel Public Schools.


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