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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 6,292
Male Share of the Population 49.7%
Female Share of the Population 50.3%
Senior Citizens 15.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,827
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 56.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16%
Median Earnings25+ $30,955
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,872
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,587

Wealth

Median Family Income $53,112
% Above Poverty Level 80.6%
% Below Poverty Level 19.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 29.5%
Median Gross Rent $630
Median House Value $118,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.2%
Irish 11.5%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station PURCELL
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
Station BLANCHARD 2 SSW
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 1,982 $85,000
Lexington 2,397 $50,403
Noble 6,626 $54,077
Paoli 573 $45,000
Washington 689 $72,250

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

Purcell Hospitals

PURCELL MUNICIPAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
1500 NORTH GREEN AVENUE
(405) 527-6524
Emergency Service: Yes

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Purcell High Schools

PURCELL HS
210 LESTER LANE
405-527-6591
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 241 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13

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