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Overview

Introduction to Poteau, Oklahoma

Poteau, Oklahoma, in Le Flore county, is 26 miles SW of Fort Smith, Arkansas and 108 miles SE of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Poteau History

Poteau was incorporated on October 8, 1898. It was named after the Poteau River, which derived its name from a French term meaning "post." French explorer Bernard de la Harpe visited the area in 1719. The post office of the city was established in 1888 and the first school was constructed in 1898. The first 2-year community college in Oklahoma was founded in the city in 1933.

Poteau and nearby Attractions

  • Wal Mart Shopping Center
  • Lake Wister State Park
  • Cedar Lake
  • Spiro Mounds
  • Heavener Runestone State Park
  • Fort Smith Museum of History

Things To Do In Poteau

One can pay a visit to the Lake Wister State Park while in Poteau. Local celebrations include Balloonfest, the Phil Gardenhire Memorial Rodeo and County Fair and the Bluegrass Festival. The Choctaw Country Club and the Wolf Mountain Golf Club offer facilities for local golfers.

Poteau Transportation

Fort Smith Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Poteau Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Westark College, the University of Arkansas and Northeastern State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population8,687
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens13.9%
Employed Population 16+3,649
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married46.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18%
Median Earnings25+$28,063
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,745
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,023

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,392
% Above Poverty Level76%
% Below Poverty Level24%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone25.8%
Median Gross Rent$577
Median House Value$92,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)46.5%
Irish15.6%
German10.5%
English5.4%
French Except Basque1.3%
Italian1.2%
Scottish1.1%
Polish0.8%
West Indian0.8%
Czech0.8%
Norwegian0.5%
Swedish0.4%
Bahamian0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Russian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Greek0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Iraqi0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Austrian0.1%
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Poteau Almanac

CategoryValue
County Le Flore County
Standard Zip Codes74953
Phone Area Codes918
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude35.04
Approximate Longitude-94.63

Poteau Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPOTEAU WATER WORKS
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp26 to 51 F
Apr Temp46 to 75 F
Jul Temp69 to 94 F
Oct Temp47 to 76 F
Annual Precip45.5 inches
StationPOTEAU
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp29 to 51 F
Apr Temp50 to 74 F
Jul Temp71 to 94 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationMC CURTAIN 1 SE
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp29 to 51 F
Apr Temp51 to 74 F
Jul Temp71 to 94 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cameron347$19,792
Heavener3,379$30,219
Howe983$34,464
Panama1,241$35,083
Shady Point1,096$48,500
Wister1,025$40,486

Poteau Hospitals

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center
(Government - Local)
105 Wall Street
(918) 647-8161

Poteau Public Schools

Pansy Kidd Ms
100 Mockingbird Lane
ZIP: 74953
(918) 647-7741
Middle
Total Enrollment 491
Poteau Hs
100 Mockingbird Lane
ZIP: 74953
(918) 647-7716
High
Total Enrollment 642
Poteau Primary Es
100 Mockingbird Lane
ZIP: 74953
(918) 647-7780
Primary
Total Enrollment 746
Poteau Upper Es
100 Mockingbird Lane
ZIP: 74953
(918) 647-7760
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
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