Introduction to Poteau, Oklahoma

Poteau, Oklahoma, in Le Flore county, is 26 miles SW of Fort Smith, Arkansas and 108 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma. About 7,939 people live in Poteau.

Poteau History

Poteau was incorporated on October 8, 1898. It was named after the Poteau River, which derived its name from a French term meaning "post." French explorer Bernard de la Harpe visited the area in 1719. The post office of the city was established in 1888 and the first school was constructed in 1898. The first 2-year community college in Oklahoma was founded in the city in 1933.

Poteau and nearby Attractions

  • Wal Mart Shopping Center
  • Lake Wister State Park
  • Cedar Lake
  • Spiro Mounds
  • Heavener Runestone State Park
  • Fort Smith Museum of History

Things To Do In Poteau

One can pay a visit to the Lake Wister State Park while in Poteau. Local celebrations include Balloonfest, the Phil Gardenhire Memorial Rodeo and County Fair and the Bluegrass Festival. The Choctaw Country Club and the Wolf Mountain Golf Club offer facilities for local golfers.

Poteau Transportation

Fort Smith Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Poteau Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Westark College, the University of Arkansas and Northeastern State University.


Total Population 8,624
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,328
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,228
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,356
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,531


Median Family Income $44,219
% Above Poverty Level 76.8%
% Below Poverty Level 23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 27.9%
Median Gross Rent $564
Median House Value $91,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.9%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 13.1%

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

Poteau Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 26 miles SW of Fort Smith, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 108 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Le Flore
Standard Zip Codes 74953
Phone Area Codes 918
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.053
Longitude -94.623

Poteau Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 75 F
Jul Temp 69 to 94 F
Oct Temp 47 to 76 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
Station POTEAU
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cameron 304 $29,375
Heavener 3,394 $31,326
Howe 916 $33,500
Panama 1,284 $33,214
Shady Point 1,090 $49,500

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

Poteau Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(918) 647-8161
Emergency Service: Yes

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Poteau High Schools

Serves 601 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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