Introduction to Ponca City, Oklahoma

Ponca City, Oklahoma, in Kay county, is 69 miles S of Wichita, Kansas. There are an estimated 25,919 people in the city.

Ponca City History

Ponca City was founded by Burton Barnes in 1893. Barnes was the first to survey the city and was also elected as the first mayor of Ponca City. The Ponca Indians originally inhabited this region. The area was initially served by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

Ponca City and nearby Attractions

  • Hartford Shopping Center
  • Ponca City Art Center
  • Pioneer Woman Museum
  • Cann Botanical Gardens
  • Ponca City Cultural Center and Museums
  • Marland Mansion

Things To Do In Ponca City

The Ponca City Cultural Center and Museum, the Pioneer Woman Museum and the Marland Mansion provide insights into the area’s history. The Sun 'n Fun Water Park is also a notable destination. The Pioneer Shopping Center, the Hartford Square Shopping Center and the West Grant Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers. The Garfield Park, Frazier Park, Lake Ponca Park and Sunset Park provide amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. Local festivals include the Fine Arts Festival, Oktoberfest, the Blues-4-Food Music Festival, the Iris Festival, the Standing Bear Powwow and Kaw Fest.

Ponca City Transportation

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is the nearest major airport.

Ponca City Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Cowley County Community College, Langston University and Oklahoma State University.


Total Population 24,951
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 10,596
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.6%
Median Earnings25+ $29,715
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,944
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,281


Median Family Income $51,044
% Above Poverty Level 81.1%
% Below Poverty Level 18.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $659
Median House Value $80,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 34.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 12.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ponca City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 69 miles S of Wichita, Kansas
County Kay
Standard Zip Codes 74601, 74604
P.O. Box Zip Codes 74602
Phone Area Codes 580
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.706
Longitude -97.085

Ponca City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Station NEWKIRK 1 NW
Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 12.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 43 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 95 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blackwell 6,957 $48,832
Kaw City 277 $37,813
Marland 266 $28,125
Newkirk 2,297 $47,841
Red Rock 256 $45,313
Tonkawa 3,144 $50,221

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2014, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Ponca City Public Libraries

Ponca City Library
Ponca City, Oklahoma
(580) 767-0345

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Ponca City Hospitals

(580) 765-3321
Emergency Service: Yes

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Ponca City High Schools

927 N 5TH ST
Serves 1,762 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.7

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