Poteau, OK

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Population

8,729

0.483% growth

Median Age

35.1


Median Household Income

$39,638

0.563% growth

Poverty Rate

23.8%


Number of Employees

3,763

2.65% growth

Median Property Value

$99,500

7.45% growth

About

In 2017, Poteau, OK had a population of 8.73k people with a median age of 35.1 and a median household income of $39,638. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Poteau, OK grew from 8,687 to 8,729, a 0.483% increase and its median household income grew from $39,416 to $39,638, a 0.563% increase.

The population of Poteau, OK is 69.5% White Alone, 14.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 8.21% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. 12.2% of the people in Poteau, OK speak a non-English language, and 92.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Poteau, OK are Carl Albert State College (638 degrees awarded in 2016), Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau (184 degrees), and River Valley Cosmetology Institute (16 degrees).

The median property value in Poteau, OK is $99,500, and the homeownership rate is 61.6%. Most people in Poteau, OK commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Poteau, OK is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Poteau, OK employs 3.76k people. The largest industries in Poteau, OK are Health Care & Social Assistance (580 people), Retail Trade (556 people), and Educational Services (392 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,208), Transportation & Warehousing ($56,250), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,071).

Median household income in Poteau, OK is $39,638. Males in Poteau, 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 Poteau, OK (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$39,638

2017 value

± $2,204

0.563%

1 Year Growth

± 8.87%

Households in Poteau, OK have a median annual income of $39,638, 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 $39,416 in 2016, which represents a 0.563% 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 Poteau, 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 Poteau, 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 Poteau, 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)

  1. Census Tract 403.03

  2. Census Tract 404.01

  3. Census Tract 404.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Poteau, OK was Census Tract 403.03 with a value of $42,042, followed by Census Tract 404.01 and Census Tract 404.02, with respective values of $39,694 and $35,857.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

23.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Poteau, OK (1.99k out of 8.35k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

    1,474 ± 211

  2. Hispanic

    368 ± 86

  3. Native American

    222 ± 86

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

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

3.76k

2017 Value

± 350

2.65%

1 Year growth

± 12.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Poteau, OK grew at a rate of 2.65%, from 3.67k employees to 3.76k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Poteau, OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (446 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (427 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (335 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Poteau, OK.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Poteau, OK, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (446 people), Construction & Extraction Occupations (427 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (335 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Poteau, OK has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (2.7 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (2.28 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.92 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Poteau, OK, by median earnings, are Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($58,646), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($57,708), and Management Occupations ($57,125).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.76k

2017 Value

± 350

2.65%

1 Year growth

± 12.9%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Poteau, OK grew at a rate of 2.65%, from 3.67k employees to 3.76k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Poteau, OK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (580 people), Retail Trade (556 people), and Educational Services (392 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Poteau, OK, though some of these residents may live in Poteau, 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 Poteau, OK, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (580 people), Retail Trade (556 people), and Educational Services (392 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Poteau, OK has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (8.07 times higher than expected), Construction (1.65 times), and Retail Trade (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Poteau, OK, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,208), Transportation & Warehousing ($56,250), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($41,071).

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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

76.2% of the population of Poteau, OK has health coverage, with 29.6% on employee plans, 21.6% on Medicaid, 11% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 2.04% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Poteau, 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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1,587 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Oklahoma see an average of 1,587 patients per year. This represents a 1.8% increase from the previous year (1,559 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

23.8%

Uninsured

29.6%

Employer Coverage

21.6%

Medicaid

11%

Medicare

12.1%

Non-Group

2.04%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Poteau, OK declined by 8.42% from 25.9% to 23.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Poteau, 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

Poteau, OK is home to a population of 8.73k people, from which 92.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 7.56% of Poteau, OK residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Poteau, OK is composed of 6.07k White Alone residents (69.5%), 1.24k Hispanic or Latino residents (14.1%), 717 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (8.21%), 516 Two or More Races residents (5.91%), 153 Black or African American Alone residents (1.75%), 43 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.493%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Poteau, OK are Spanish or Spanish Creole (824 speakers), African Languages (92 speakers), and Other Native North American Languages (38 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 3.9

29

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Poteau, OK was 35.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 29. But people in Poteau, OK are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Poteau, OK residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

7.56%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.67%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 7.56% of Poteau, 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 Poteau, OK was 7.67%, 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 Poteau, OK was Mexico, the natal country of 107,425 Poteau, OK residents, followed by Vietnam with 15,408 and India with 7,989.

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Citizenship

92.9%

2017 Citizenship

92.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 92.9% of Poteau, OK residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Poteau, OK was 92.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    6.07k ± 270

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.24k ± 288

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    717 ± 187

In 2017, there were 4.91 times more White Alone residents (6.07k people) in Poteau, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.24k Hispanic or Latino and 717 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    824 speakers (10.1%)

  2. African Languages

    92 speakers (1.13%)

  3. Other Native North American Languages

    38 speakers (0.467%)

12.2% of Poteau, 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 Poteau, OK was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 10.1% of the overall population of Poteau, OK are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.13% speak African Languages and 0.467% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    127 ± 50

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    88 ± 77

  3. Korea

    65 ± 42

Poteau, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.44 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Poteau, OK awarded 838 degrees. The student population of Poteau, OK is skewed towards women, with 967 male students and 1,544 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Poteau, OK are White (534 and 64.9%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (154 and 18.7%), Hispanic or Latino (58 and 7.05%), and Two or More Races (39 and 4.74%).

The largest universities in Poteau, OK by number of degrees awarded are Carl Albert State College (638 and 76.1%), Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau (184 and 22%), and River Valley Cosmetology Institute (16 and 1.91%).

The most popular majors in Poteau, OK are Child Care Provider (122 and 14.6%), General Health Services (112 and 13.4%), and General Studies (83 and 9.9%).

The median tuition costs in Poteau, 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. 112 degrees awarded

  2. 83 degrees awarded

  3. 60 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Poteau, OK was General Health Services with 112 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 638 degrees awarded

  2. 184 degrees awarded

  3. 16 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Poteau, OK institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carl Albert State College with 638 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

305

Degrees Awarded to Men

533

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 305 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Poteau, OK, which is 0.572 times less than the 533 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

    534 degrees awarded

  2. American Indian or Alaska Native

    154 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    58 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Poteau, OK were to White students. These 534 degrees mean that there were 3.47 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 154 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Poteau, OK was $99,500 in 2017, which is 0.457 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $92,600 to $99,500, a 7.45% increase. The homeownership rate in Poteau, OK is 61.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Poteau, OK have an average commute time of 21.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Poteau, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$39,638

Median Household Income

± $2,204

3.21k

Number of Households

± 292

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.21k households in Poteau, OK grew to $39,638 from the previous year's value of $39,416.

The following chart displays the households in Poteau, 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$99,500

2017 Median

± $9,160

$92,600

2016 Median

± $6,945

In 2017, the median property value in Poteau, OK grew to to $99,500 from the previous year's value of $92,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Poteau, 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 Poteau, OK the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

61.6%

2017 Homeownership

62.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 61.6% of the housing units in Poteau, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 62.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Poteau, 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 Poteau, OK distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Poteau, OK have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

21.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Poteau, OK have a shorter commute time (21.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.38% of the workforce in Poteau, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.8%

  2. Carpooled

    11.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    1.98%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Poteau, OK was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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