Altus, OK

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Population

25,574

1.12% decline

Median Age

34.2


Median Household Income

$45,189

1.94% growth

Poverty Rate

18%


Number of Employees

10,668

1.17% decline

Median Property Value

$97,800

9.76% growth

About

In 2017, Altus, OK had a population of 25.6k people with a median age of 34.2 and a median household income of $45,189. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Altus, OK declined from 25,864 to 25,574, a -1.12% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,331 to $45,189, a 1.94% increase.

The population of Altus, OK is 63.4% White Alone, 23.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.01% Black or African American Alone. 17.2% of the people in Altus, OK speak a non-English language, and 96.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Altus, OK are Western Oklahoma State College (277 degrees awarded in 2016) and Southwest Technology Center (135 degrees).

The median property value in Altus, OK is $97,800, and the homeownership rate is 57.3%. Most people in Altus, OK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 14.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Altus, OK is 2 cars per household.

Altus, OK borders Vernon, TX.

Economy

The economy of Altus, OK employs 10.7k people. The largest industries in Altus, OK are Public Administration (1,788 people), Retail Trade (1,464 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,286 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,386), Utilities ($46,023), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,500).

Median household income in Altus, OK is $45,189. Males in Altus, OK have an average income that is 1.44 times higher than the average income of females, which is $39,687. The income inequality in Altus, OK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,189

2017 value

± $2,555

1.94%

1 Year Growth

± 7.92%

Households in Altus, OK have a median annual income of $45,189, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,331 in 2016, which represents a 1.94% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,090

Average Male Salary

± $1,576

$39,687

Average Female Salary

± $1,128

In 2017, full-time male employees in Altus, OK made 1.44 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $46,109 ± $1,108

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $44,605 ± $18,568

  3. Asian

    $44,604 ± $6,576

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Altus, OK workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Altus, OK is from Oklahoma.

0.455

2017 Wage GINI

0.455

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0213% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Oklahoma was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oklahoma in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Oklahoma across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Altus, OK was Canadian County, OK with a value of $74,720, followed by Cleveland County, OK and Rogers County, OK, with respective values of $61,213 and $60,735.

The following map shows all of the counties in Altus, OK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Altus, OK (4.43k out of 24.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    1,952 ± 255

  2. Hispanic

    1,670 ± 228

  3. Other

    1,196 ± 200

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Altus, OK is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

10.7k

2017 Value

± 599

-1.17%

1 Year decline

± 8.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Altus, OK declined at a rate of -1.17%, from 10.8k employees to 10.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Altus, OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,281 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,128 people), and Management Occupations (934 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Altus, OK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Altus, OK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,281 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,128 people), and Management Occupations (934 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Altus, OK has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.47 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.35 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.13 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Altus, OK, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($80,046), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,500), and Legal Occupations ($63,824).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.7k

2017 Value

± 599

-1.17%

1 Year decline

± 8.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Altus, OK declined at a rate of -1.17%, from 10.8k employees to 10.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Altus, OK, are Public Administration (1,788 people), Retail Trade (1,464 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,286 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Altus, OK, though some of these residents may live in Altus, OK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Altus, OK, by number of employees, are Public Administration (1,788 people), Retail Trade (1,464 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,286 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Altus, OK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (4.42 times higher than expected), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.74 times), and Public Administration (3.59 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Altus, OK, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,386), Utilities ($46,023), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,500).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $52.4B

  2. $21.4B

  3. $19.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $52.4B, followed by Fuel oils with $21.4B and Gasoline and $19.2B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Oklahoma products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$220B

2015 Value

$309B

Projected 2045 Value

40.6% growth

In 2015, total outbound Oklahoma trade was $220B. This is expected to increase 40.6% to $309B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Oklahoma trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Oklahoma to other states, or from other states to Oklahoma.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $40.8B

  2. $19.3B

  3. $7.03B

In 2015, the top outbound Oklahoma domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $40.8B, followed by Kansas with $19.3B and Arkansas and $7.03B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Oklahoma shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.9% of the population of Altus, OK has health coverage, with 31.4% on employee plans, 16.8% on Medicaid, 8.35% on Medicare, 20.1% on non-group plans, and 10.3% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Altus, OK was $7,627 in 2014. This is a 4.58% increase from the previous year ($7,293).

Primary care physicians in Altus, OK see 1587 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.8% increase from the previous year (1559 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1704 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 264 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (16.2%). Additionally, Adair County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.9%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1587 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see an average of 1587 patients per year. This represents a 1.8% increase from the previous year (1559 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,627

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$3,878

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,529

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Oklahoma (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.58%, from $7,293 to $7,627.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.1%

Uninsured

31.4%

Employer Coverage

16.8%

Medicaid

8.35%

Medicare

20.1%

Non-Group

10.3%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Altus, OK declined by 10.2% from 14.5% to 13.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Altus, OK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 16.2% prevalence

  2. 16.2% prevalence

  3. 15.9% prevalence

Pushmataha County and Ottawa County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma, at 16.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Oklahoma by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Altus, OK is home to a population of 25.6k people, from which 96.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.97% of Altus, OK residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Altus, OK is composed of 16.2k White Alone residents (63.4%), 5.96k Hispanic or Latino residents (23.3%), 1.79k Black or African American Alone residents (7.01%), 873 Two or More Races residents (3.41%), 375 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.47%), 334 Asian Alone residents (1.31%), 28 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.109%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Altus, OK are Spanish or Spanish Creole (3,573 speakers), Tagalog (120 speakers), and Italian (82 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Altus, OK was 34.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Altus, OK are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Altus, OK residents was 34.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.97%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.87%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.97% of Altus, OK residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Altus, OK was 6.87%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    107,425 ± 7,935 people

  2. Vietnam

    15,408 ± 3,041 people

  3. India

    7,989 ± 2,192 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Altus, OK was Mexico, the natal country of 107,425 Altus, OK residents, followed by Vietnam with 15,408 and India with 7,989.

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Citizenship

96.6%

2017 Citizenship

95.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.6% of Altus, OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Altus, OK was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    16.2k ± 79

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.96k ± 543

  3. Black or African American Alone

    1.79k ± 129

In 2017, there were 2.72 times more White Alone residents (16.2k people) in Altus, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.96k Hispanic or Latino and 1.79k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Altus, OK as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    3,573 speakers (14.9%)

  2. Tagalog

    120 speakers (0.501%)

  3. Italian

    82 speakers (0.342%)

17.2% of Altus, OK citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Altus, OK was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 14.9% of the overall population of Altus, OK are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.501% speak Tagalog and 0.342% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,047 ± 229

  2. Vietnam

    762 ± 128

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    692 ± 154

Altus, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Gulf War (2001-), 1.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Altus, OK awarded 412 degrees. The student population of Altus, OK is skewed towards women, with 729 male students and 1,065 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Altus, OK are White (238 and 58.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (66 and 16.3%), Two or More Races (32 and 7.92%), and Unknown (29 and 7.18%).

The largest universities in Altus, OK by number of degrees awarded are Western Oklahoma State College (277 and 67.2%) and Southwest Technology Center (135 and 32.8%).

The most popular majors in Altus, OK are Liberal Arts & Sciences (94 and 22.8%), Registered Nursing (65 and 15.8%), and Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (32 and 7.77%).

The median tuition costs in Altus, OK are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 32 degrees awarded

  2. 94 degrees awarded

  3. 65 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Altus, OK was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 32 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Altus, OK according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 277 degrees awarded

  2. 135 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Altus, OK institution with the largest number of graduating students was Western Oklahoma State College with 277 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

172

Degrees Awarded to Men

240

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 172 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Altus, OK, which is 0.717 times less than the 240 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    238 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    66 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    32 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Altus, OK were to White students. These 238 degrees mean that there were 3.61 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 66 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Altus, OK was $97,800 in 2017, which is 0.449 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $89,100 to $97,800, a 9.76% increase. The homeownership rate in Altus, OK is 57.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Altus, OK have an average commute time of 14.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Altus, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$45,189

Median Household Income

± $2,555

9.96k

Number of Households

± 591

In 2017, the median household income of the 9.96k households in Altus, OK grew to $45,189 from the previous year's value of $44,331.

The following chart displays the households in Altus, OK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$97,800

2017 Median

± $9,327

$89,100

2016 Median

± $3,930

In 2017, the median property value in Altus, OK grew to to $97,800 from the previous year's value of $89,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Altus, OK compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Altus, OK the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Altus, OK distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Altus, OK the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

57.3%

2017 Homeownership

58.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 57.3% of the housing units in Altus, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 58.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Altus, OK compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Altus, OK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Altus, OK have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

14.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Altus, OK have a shorter commute time (14.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.2% of the workforce in Altus, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.3%

  2. Carpooled

    14.2%

  3. Walked

    2.2%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Altus, OK was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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