Introduction to Purcell, Oklahoma

Purcell, Oklahoma, in McClain county, is 15 miles S of Norman, Oklahoma and 32 miles S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The city is located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Purcell has a population of 5,571.

Purcell History

Purcell was founded as a railroad town in 1887. It was named after Edward Benton Purcell, the director of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, the first line to run through the town. In its initial years, the economy of the city largely depended on agriculture. The first permanent residents in the area were Chickasaw Native Americans.

Purcell and nearby Attractions

  • McClain County Historical Society & Museum
  • Timberlake Rose Rock Museum
  • Westwood Water Park
  • Little River Zoo
  • Lake Thunderbird State Park
  • Henry Overholser Mansion

Things To Do In Purcell

While in Purcell, those interested in the area’s history should visit the McClain County Museum, the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Timberlake Rose Rock Museum. The Henry Overholser Mansion and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Center are also popular tourist destinations. One can plan a day trip to the Lake Thunderbird State Park or the Little River Zoo from Purcell. Purcell hosts the McClain County Free Fair every September and the Native American Festival every November as well.

Purcell Transportation

Flights are available from Will Rogers World Airport.

Purcell Higher Education

The University of Oklahoma Norman Campus, Rose State College and Oklahoma City Community College offer courses in higher education.


Total Population 6,259
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,873
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 55.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,769
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,028
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,917


Median Family Income $51,148
% Above Poverty Level 83.7%
% Below Poverty Level 16.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $638
Median House Value $115,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 11.5%

Purcell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles S of Norman, Oklahoma (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles S of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County McClain
Metro Area Oklahoma City
Standard Zip Codes 73080
Phone Area Codes 405
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.013
Longitude -97.36

Purcell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 41.6 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Station MEEKER 5 W
Distance 39.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 46 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 38 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Goldsby 2,246 $87,679
Lexington 2,339 $51,346
Noble 6,602 $52,793
Paoli 588 $45,938
Washington 613 $61,389

Purcell Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(405) 527-6524
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 241 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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