Introduction to Elk City, Oklahoma

Elk City, Oklahoma, in Beckham county, is 79 miles NW of Lawton, Oklahoma and 106 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There are 10,510 residents in the city.

Elk City History

Elk City was founded by Beeks Erick, Charles H. Dewaide, B.C. Hendricks, M.G. Robinson and J.N. Cook, who formed the Choctaw Townsite and Development Company. The first lot of the town was sold on March 20, 1901. The city was named because of its location at the head of Elk Creek. The city is located in Beckham County, which was founded on November 16, 1907 and was named after J. C. W. Beckham, the 35th Governor of Kentucky.

Elk City and nearby Attractions

  • Old Town Museum
  • Elk City Lake
  • Anadarko Basin Museum of Natural History
  • Washita National Wildlife Refuge
  • Foss State Park
  • National Route 66 & Transportation Museum

Things To Do In Elk City

The National Route 66 Museum, the Anadarko Basin Museum of Natural History and the Old Town Museum may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history. The Colonel Herring Park, Lions Park, Kiwanis Park, Ackley Park and Rotary Park provide amenities for several different types of recreation. Local festivals include the Fall Festival, Route 66 Day and the Oklahoma State Fiddlers Jam.

Elk City Transportation

Lawton-Fort Sill Airport is nearby.

Elk City Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Midwestern State University and Cameron University.


Total Population 12,424
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 11.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,433
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $70,174
% Above Poverty Level 87.9%
% Below Poverty Level 12.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 22.8%
Median Gross Rent $723
Median House Value $146,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.2%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 13.7%

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

Elk City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 79 miles NW of Lawton, Oklahoma (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Beckham
Standard Zip Codes 73644
P.O. Box Zip Codes 73648
Phone Area Codes 580
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.411
Longitude -99.403

Elk City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ELK CITY
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 47 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 28.7 inches
Station HAMMON 3 SSW
Distance 11.9 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 48 F
Apr Temp 42 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 95 F
Oct Temp 44 to 74 F
Annual Precip 27.7 inches
Station ERICK
Distance 29.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 49 F
Apr Temp 43 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 94 F
Oct Temp 45 to 74 F
Annual Precip 26.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burns Flat 2,271 $46,458
Canute 390 $51,250
Carter 338 $58,750
Foss 174 $79,375
Hammon 523 $42,083
Sayre 4,603 $47,500

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

Elk City Public Libraries

Elk City Carnegie Library
Elk City, Oklahoma
(580) 225-0136

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Elk City Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(580) 225-2511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Elk City High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 461 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

A Title I School.
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.1

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