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Overview

Introduction to McAlester, Oklahoma

McAlester, Oklahoma, in Pittsburg county, is 77 miles S of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and 85 miles S of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

McAlester History

The town of McAlester was named after James Jackson McAlester, who started a general store here in 1869. The settlement was originally known as Bucklucksy. However, with the opening of the general store and subsequent discovery of coal deposits in the nearby areas, the settlement developed into a town. The advent of rail lines and coal mining led to rapid growth in the town.

McAlester and nearby Attractions

  • Arrowhead State Park
  • Arrowhead State Park Golf Course
  • Tannehill Museum
  • Pioneer Coal Miner Memorial

Things To Do In McAlester

Local festivals such as the Bluegrass Festival, the Italian Festival and the Pittsburgh County Free Fair are local attractions. The Oklahoma Prisons' Historical Museum and the Krebs Heritage Museum have a large number of historical souvenirs on display. The Arrowhead State Park Golf Course has provisions for a quick game.

McAlester Transportation

Tulsa International is the nearest major airport.

McAlester Higher Education

Kiamichi Technology Center- McAlester and Dixon College are the local institutions of higher education. East Central University, Oral Roberts University and Tulsa Community College are also located nearby.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

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

Mcalester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 77 miles S of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles S of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Pittsburg
Standard Zip Codes 74501
P.O. Box Zip Codes 74502
Phone Area Codes 918
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.933
Longitude -95.769

Mcalester 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 MCALESTER MUNICIPAL AP
Distance 2.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Station EUFAULA 6 SSW
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 48 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 75 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station WILBURTON 9 ENE
Distance 34.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 51 F
Apr Temp 48 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 95 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 50.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bache (74501)

Blocker (74529)

Haywood (74501)

Richville (74501)

Scipio (74501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alderson 309 $52,917
Crowder 372 $53,438
Haileyville 734 $36,667
Hartshorne 2,125 $54,286
Krebs 2,105 $50,222
Savanna 668 $58,958

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

Mcalester Public Libraries

Library
Southeastern Public Library System Of Okla
401 N 2ND
Mcalester, Oklahoma
(918) 426-0456

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Mcalester Hospitals

MCALESTER REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1 CLARK BASS BOULEVARD
(918) 426-1800
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mcalester High Schools

MCALESTER HS
1 BUFFALO DRIVE
918-423-4776
Serves 612 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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