Introduction to Sallisaw, Oklahoma

Sallisaw, Oklahoma, in Sequoyah county, is 22 miles W of Fort Smith, Arkansas and 82 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city is in the Fort Smith area. There are 7,989 residents in Sallisaw.

Sallisaw History

Sallisaw was established on March 17, 1886. It was named after the nearby Sallisaw Creek, which derived its name from a French word meaning salt provisions. The Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railroad first entered the area in 1886. In its early days, cotton was one of the main agricultural products of Sallisaw. The City of Sallisaw adopted a managerial form of government in 1919. The city is the county seat of the Sequoyah County.

Sallisaw and nearby Attractions

  • East Gate Shopping Center
  • Sallisaw State Park
  • Lake Tenkiller
  • Brushy Lake State Park
  • George M. Murrell Home
  • Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Sallisaw

Sallisaw offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Those interested in the area’s history should visit the Fort Smith Museum of History, the Bob Burns Museum, Spiro Mounds or the George M. Murrell Home. The Sallisaw City Lake offers facilities for boating and fishing. The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge is also worth visiting.

Sallisaw Transportation

Northwest Arkansas Regional is the nearest major airport

Sallisaw Higher Education

Northeastern State University, the University of Arkansas, Westark College and Tulsa Community College are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population 8,761
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 16.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,208
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 47%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.5%
Median Earnings25+ $27,564
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,083
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,946


Median Family Income $38,483
% Above Poverty Level 73.6%
% Below Poverty Level 26.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.3%
Median Gross Rent $620
Median House Value $95,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47%
US/American 0%
English 5.7%
Irish 10.2%

Sallisaw Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles W of Fort Smith, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 82 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Sequoyah
Metro Area Fort Smith
Standard Zip Codes 74955
Phone Area Codes 918
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.46
Longitude -94.787

Sallisaw 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 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 48 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Distance 23.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 47 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 94 F
Oct Temp 49 to 75 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Station POTEAU
Distance 29.7 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gans 337 $36,250
Muldrow 3,375 $44,766
Roland 3,284 $37,500
Tamaha 126 $45,000
Vian 1,510 $28,750

Sallisaw Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(918) 774-1100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sallisaw High Schools

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2301 W. RUTH
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 602 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

RT 1 BOX36
A Title I School.
Serves 157 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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