Introduction to El Reno, Oklahoma

El Reno, Oklahoma is 25 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is in Canadian county. The city is part of the Oklahoma City metro area.

El Reno History

El Reno was originally known as Reno City. A land developer named Hobart Johnstone Whitley founded El Reno. Fort Reno was established in 1874. Both the fort and the city were named in honor of Union General Jesse Lee Reno. The city became the county seat of Canadian County in 1890.

El Reno and nearby Attractions

  • Crimson Creek Golf Course
  • Fort Reno
  • Canadian County Museum
  • Lake El Reno
  • Whitewater Bay
  • Red Rock Canyon State Park

Things To Do In El Reno

El Reno is home to the Canadian County Historical Museum. The Crimson Creek Golf Course offers facilities for golfers. Lake El Reno provides facilities for water skiing, boating, jet skiing, fishing and swimming. Fort Reno and historic downtown El Reno provide insight into the history of the area. Local celebrations include the Canadian County Free Fair, the Heritage & Arts Festival, the Appetite for the Arts Festival and the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival.

El Reno Transportation

Will Rogers World Airport is the nearest major airport.

El Reno Higher Education

Redlands Community College and the Canadian Valley Technology Center are the local institutions providing higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City Community College.


Total Population 17,852
Male Share of the Population 53.4%
Female Share of the Population 46.6%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,479
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 42%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,500
% Above Poverty Level 85.7%
% Below Poverty Level 14.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $704
Median House Value $89,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.2%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 9.3%

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

El Reno Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 25 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Canadian
Metro Area Oklahoma City
Standard Zip Codes 73036
Phone Area Codes 405
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.532
Longitude -97.954

El Reno Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station EL RENO 1 N
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 47 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 32.8 inches
Distance 33 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Calumet 691 $61,250
Minco 1,364 $58,250
Okarche 1,255 $86,406
Piedmont 6,502 $78,963

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

El Reno Public Libraries

El Reno Carnegie Library
215 E WADE
El Reno, Oklahoma
(405) 262-2409

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El Reno Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(405) 262-2640
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 660 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.8

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