Introduction to Idabel, Oklahoma

Idabel, Oklahoma, in McCurtain county, is 96 miles N of Longview, Texas and 137 miles NE of Dallas, Texas.

Idabel History

Idabel was originally known as Pernell. It was later renamed after the wife of John Randolph Dillon, an executive and engineer of the Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad. The city is the county seat of McCurtain County.

Idabel and nearby Attractions

  • Choctaw Village Shopping Center
  • McCurtain County Veteran's Memorial Museum
  • Red Slough Wildlife Management Area
  • Museum of the Red River
  • Beavers Bend State Park
  • Little River National Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Idabel

Idabel is home to the Museum of the Red River, while the Muscle Car Legends Museum and the McCurtain County Veteran's Memorial Museum are both nearby as well. The Red Slough Wildlife Management Area and the Little River National Wildlife Refuge provide amenities for several different types of recreation. The Beavers Bend State Park also offers facilities for camping, biking, horseback riding, fishing, boating, golfing and swimming. The Jumper Shopping Center and the Choctaw Village Shopping Center are the local shopping destinations. The city hosts the Fall Fest every October.

Idabel Transportation

Dallas Fort Worth International is the nearest major airport.

Idabel Higher Education

Texas A & M University-Commerce, Tyler Junior College and Westark College are the local centers of higher education.


Total Population7,026
Male Share of the Population46.1%
Female Share of the Population53.9%
Senior Citizens15.3%
Employed Population 16+2,530
Age of the Population35


% of people married39%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.6%
Median Earnings25+$0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$0


Median Family Income$36,023
% Above Poverty Level60.6%
% Below Poverty Level39.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.4%
% Using Public Transportation%


People Living Alone35.3%
Median Gross Rent$543
Median House Value$80,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)65%

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

Idabel Almanac

Nearest Medium City 96 miles N of Longview, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City137 miles NE of Dallas, Texas
Standard Zip Codes74745
Phone Area Codes580
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

Idabel Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance1 miles
Jan Temp29 to 53 F
Apr Temp48 to 75 F
Jul Temp70 to 94 F
Oct Temp50 to 77 F
Annual Precip50.7 inches
Distance18 miles
Jan Temp29 to 53 F
Apr Temp47 to 75 F
Jul Temp68 to 95 F
Oct Temp49 to 78 F
Annual Precip55.1 inches
Distance28.9 miles
Jan Temp28 to 52 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 93 F
Oct Temp49 to 76 F
Annual Precip55.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Broken Bow4,127$31,299

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

Idabel Hospitals

(580) 286-7623
Emergency Service: Yes

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Idabel High Schools

Serves 503 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.6

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