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Overview

Introduction to Alva, Oklahoma

Alva, Oklahoma, in Woods county, is 95 miles SW of Wichita, Kansas. There are an estimated 5,288 people in the city.

Alva History

The city of Alva is located in Woods County. It was established in 1893 as Cherokee Outlet’s land office. It is said the area was named after Alva Adams, who was a railroad attorney. He later became the governor of Colorado.

Alva and nearby Attractions

  • Carry Nation Home
  • Hatfield Park
  • Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum
  • Railroad Museum of Oklahoma

Things To Do In Alva

Churches in the area include the Assembly of God Church, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Zion Lutheran Church and the Bible Baptist Church. One can also visit museums like the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma and the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.

Alva Transportation

Wichita Mid-Continent is the nearest major airport.

Alva Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Hutchinson Community College, Friends University, Langston University and Wichita State University.

People

Total Population 5,023
Male Share of the Population 52.8%
Female Share of the Population 47.2%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,697
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 42.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.6%
Median Earnings25+ $31,322
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,346
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,266

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,784
% Above Poverty Level 80.4%
% Below Poverty Level 19.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 36.6%
Median Gross Rent $639
Median House Value $83,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.8%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 9.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alva Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 95 miles SW of Wichita, Kansas
County Woods
Standard Zip Codes 73717
Phone Area Codes 580
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.805
Longitude -98.666

Alva Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALVA
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 44 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 96 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 27.2 inches
Station CHEROKEE
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 45 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 96 F
Oct Temp 46 to 74 F
Annual Precip 31.2 inches
Station AETNA 2 S
Distance 24.6 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 95 F
Oct Temp 45 to 74 F
Annual Precip 24 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aline 245 $60,909
Burlington 149 $47,813
Carmen 509 $49,167
Cherokee 1,564 $58,750
Dacoma 93 $37,321

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Alva Public Libraries

Library
Alva Public Library
504 SEVENTH STREET
Alva, Oklahoma
(580) 327-1833

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Alva Hospitals

SHARE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
800 SHARE DRIVE
(580) 327-2800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Alva High Schools

ALVA HS
501 14TH STREET
580-327-3682
Serves 330 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

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