Introduction to Cushing, Oklahoma

Cushing, Oklahoma, in Payne county, is 45 miles W of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city has a population of 8,371.

Cushing History

Cushing was originally inhabited by the Sac and Fox Native Americans. On September 21, 1891, it was opened to homesteaders. William R. Little was one of the first settlers in the area. The city was named after Marshall Cushing. It was established as a town in 1892. By 1915, Cushing was nationally recognized for its oil field. The city is in Payne County, which was founded in 1907 and named in honor of Captain David L. Payne.

Cushing and nearby Attractions

  • Cushing Aquatic Center
  • Richard O. Dodrill's Museum of Rocks, Minerals & Fossils
  • Jim Thorpe House
  • Washington Irving Trail Museum
  • Drumright Historical Museum
  • Bell's Amusement Park

Things To Do In Cushing

The city also offers easy access to several museums, including the Drumright Historical Museum, the Richard O. Dodrill's Museum of Rocks and the Washington Irving Trail Museum. The Cushing Aquatic Center also attracts a number of visitors. Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Lutheran Church Our Redeemer and the Oak Street Baptist Church are the local houses of worship.

Cushing Transportation

Tulsa International is the nearest major airport.

Cushing Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University and Langston University.


Total Population 7,879
Male Share of the Population 53.1%
Female Share of the Population 46.9%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,782
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 44.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $40,863
% Above Poverty Level 79.1%
% Below Poverty Level 20.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $693
Median House Value $74,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.1%
US/American 0%
English 5.4%
Irish 10.2%

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

Cushing Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 45 miles W of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Payne
Standard Zip Codes 74023
Phone Area Codes 918
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.985
Longitude -96.777

Cushing Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches
Station CHANDLER 1
Distance 20.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 47 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 37.2 inches
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 47 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cushing, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Avery (74023)

Norfolk (74023)

Schlegal (74023)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Agra 300 $36,250
Drumright 2,929 $42,917
Oilton 1,082 $34,167
Ripley 315 $50,625
Shamrock 61 $30,000

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

Cushing Public Libraries

Cushing Public Library
Cushing, Oklahoma
(918) 225-4188

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Cushing Hospitals

(918) 225-2915
Emergency Service: Yes

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Cushing High Schools

1700 E. WALNUT
Serves 545 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

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