Introduction to Miami, Oklahoma

Miami, Oklahoma, in Ottawa county, is 69 miles NW of Fayetteville, Arkansas and 79 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city contains a population of approximately 13,704.

Miami History

Miami is the first chartered town in Indian Territory. It is the county seat of Ottawa County. Miami began as a cattle ranch owned by Wayland C. Lykins, and was originally known as Jimtown. Development of the town began in 1890, when Jim Palmer established a post office here. The town was renamed Miami in honor of his wife, a Miami Indian.

Miami and nearby Attractions

  • Dobson Museum and Memorial Center
  • Picher Mining Field Museum
  • Peoria Ridge Golf Course
  • Twin Bridges State Park
  • Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum

Things To Do In Miami

Twin Bridges State Park, Bernice State Park, the Sycamore Valley Recreation Area and Spring River Canoe Trails State Park all offer various facilities for recreation.. Local celebrations include the Ottawa Tribal Powwow and the Peoria Powwow. The Dobson Museum and Memorial Center and the Picher Mining Field Museum provide insight into the town’s history. Peoria Ridge Golf Course provides facilities for local golfers.

Miami Transportation

Kansas City International is the nearest major airport.

Miami Higher Education

The Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Missouri Southern State College, Pittsburgh State University and Northwest Arkansas Community College.


Total Population 13,666
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,549
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 43.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $25,382
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,218
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,998


Median Family Income $43,662
% Above Poverty Level 75.5%
% Below Poverty Level 24.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 31.4%
Median Gross Rent $642
Median House Value $79,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54%
US/American 0%
English 5.5%
Irish 8.9%

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

Miami Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles NW of Fayetteville, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 79 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Ottawa
Standard Zip Codes 74354
P.O. Box Zip Codes 74355
Phone Area Codes 918
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.874
Longitude -94.877

Miami Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MIAMI
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 45 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches
Station VINITA 2 N
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 45 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Distance 38.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 92 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Commerce 2,475 $31,944
Fairland 1,123 $43,438
North Miami 358 $34,375
Quapaw 887 $35,625

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

Miami Public Libraries

Miami Public Library
200 N MAIN
Miami, Oklahoma
(918) 541-2292
Library Web Site

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Miami Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(918) 542-6611
Emergency Service: Yes

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Miami High Schools

Serves 656 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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