Introduction to Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Tahlequah, Oklahoma, in Cherokee county, is 46 miles W of Fayetteville, Arkansas and 59 miles E of Tulsa, Oklahoma. About 14,458 people live in Tahlequah.

Tahlequah History

Tahlequah was initially inhabited by Native Americans. The city derived its name from a Cherokee word meaning "two is enough" or "just two." It was the capital of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Supreme Court Building was built in the city in 1844. It is the oldest public building of Oklahoma. Tahlequah is the county seat of Cherokee County.

Tahlequah and nearby Attractions

  • Cherokee Landing State Park
  • Box Shopping Center
  • Trail of Tears
  • Cherokee National Museum
  • George M. Murrell Home
  • Sequoyah State Park

Things To Do In Tahlequah

Tahlequah offers easy access to the Cherokee National Museum, the George M. Murrell Home, the Trail of Tears and Fort Gibson. The Cherokee Landing State Park, the Sequoyah Bay State Park and the Adair State Park are nearby as well. One can shop at the Cherokee Hills Shopping Center and the Box Shopping Center while in Tahlequah. Local celebrations include the Illinois River BalloonFest, the Hillbilly Hoedown, the United Keetoowah Band Annual Celebration and the Red Fern Festival.

Tahlequah Transportation

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Tahlequah Higher Education

Northeastern State University and the Indian Capital Technology Center-Tahlequah are the local institutions of higher education. The University of Arkansas also provides facilities for higher education.


Total Population 16,354
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 6,337
Age of the Population 27


% of people married 32.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 30.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $45,793
% Above Poverty Level 65.7%
% Below Poverty Level 34.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 36.8%
Median Gross Rent $585
Median House Value $120,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 56.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.3%
Irish 7.7%

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

Tahlequah Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles W of Fayetteville, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 59 miles E of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Cherokee
Standard Zip Codes 74464
P.O. Box Zip Codes 74465
Phone Area Codes 918
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.915
Longitude -94.969

Tahlequah Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 47 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 32.6 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Braggs 270 $41,625
Fort Gibson 4,121 $65,526
Hulbert 679 $35,833
Oaks 336 $36,250
Okay 581 $42,500
Stilwell 4,007 $36,227

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

Tahlequah Hospitals

(Government - Federal)
(918) 456-3612
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(918) 456-0641
Emergency Service: Yes

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Tahlequah High Schools

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Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,032 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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