Introduction to Idabel, Oklahoma

Idabel, Oklahoma, in McCurtain county, is 96 miles N of Longview, Texas and 137 miles NE of Dallas, Texas.

Idabel History

Idabel was originally known as Pernell. It was later renamed after the wife of John Randolph Dillon, an executive and engineer of the Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad. The city is the county seat of McCurtain County.

Idabel and nearby Attractions

  • Choctaw Village Shopping Center
  • McCurtain County Veteran's Memorial Museum
  • Red Slough Wildlife Management Area
  • Museum of the Red River
  • Beavers Bend State Park
  • Little River National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Idabel

Idabel is home to the Museum of the Red River, while the Muscle Car Legends Museum and the McCurtain County Veteran's Memorial Museum are both nearby as well. The Red Slough Wildlife Management Area and the Little River National Wildlife Refuge provide amenities for several different types of recreation. The Beavers Bend State Park also offers facilities for camping, biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, golfing and swimming. The Jumper Shopping Center and the Choctaw Village Shopping Center are the local shopping destinations. The city hosts the Fall Fest every October.

Idabel Transportation

Dallas Fort Worth International is the nearest major airport.

Idabel Higher Education

Texas A & M University-Commerce, Tyler Junior College and Westark College are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 7,026
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,530
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 39%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $36,023
% Above Poverty Level 60.6%
% Below Poverty Level 39.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $543
Median House Value $80,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 65%
US/American 0%
English 5%
Irish 6.7%

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

Idabel Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 96 miles N of Longview, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles NE of Dallas, Texas
County McCurtain
Standard Zip Codes 74745
Phone Area Codes 580
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.895
Longitude -94.826

Idabel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station IDABEL
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 53 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 50.7 inches
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 53 F
Apr Temp 47 to 75 F
Jul Temp 68 to 95 F
Oct Temp 49 to 78 F
Annual Precip 55.1 inches
Distance 28.9 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 55.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Broken Bow 4,127 $31,299
Garvin 197 $24,643
Haworth 262 $36,250
Millerton 287 $35,500
Valliant 843 $33,750

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

Idabel Hospitals

(580) 286-7623
Emergency Service: Yes

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Idabel High Schools

Serves 503 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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