McAlester, OK

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2022 Population
18,110
0.631% 1-year decline
US Senator
James Lankford
Republican Party
US Senator
Markwayne Mullin
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
36.3
2.54% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
24.1%
1.42% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$46,875
4.42% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$126,300
13.9% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, McAlester, OK had a population of 18.1k people with a median age of 36.3 and a median household income of $46,875. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of McAlester, OK declined from 18,225 to 18,110, a −0.631% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,890 to $46,875, a 4.42% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in McAlester, OK are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.2%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (13.5%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (7.86%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.73%), and White (Hispanic) (3.85%).

None of the households in McAlester, OK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.1% of the residents in McAlester, OK are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in McAlester, OK are Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester (942 degrees awarded in 2022) and Premier Academy of Cosmetology (15 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in McAlester, OK was $126,300, and the homeownership rate was 59.9%.

Most people in McAlester, OK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16.1 minutes. The average car ownership in McAlester, OK was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

McAlester, OK is home to a population of 18.1k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.57% of McAlester, OK residents were born outside of the country (465 people).

In 2022, there were 4.82 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.8k people) in McAlester, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.45k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.42k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.1%
2022 Citizenship
97.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.1% of McAlester, OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in McAlester, OK was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in McAlester, OK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    11.8k ± 350
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.45k ± 299
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    1.42k ± 289
7.7%
Hispanic Population
1.4k people

In 2022, there were 4.82 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.8k people) in McAlester, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.45k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 1.42k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.7% of the people in McAlester, OK are hispanic (1.4k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in McAlester, OK as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.57%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
465 people
3.24%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
590 people

As of 2022, 2.57% of McAlester, OK residents (465 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in McAlester, OK was 3.24%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    432 ± 185
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    398 ± 108
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    242 ± 83

McAlester, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.09 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of McAlester, OK employs 6.9k people. The largest industries in McAlester, OK are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,047 people), Public Administration (1,013 people), and Manufacturing (637 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($61,250), Manufacturing ($59,861), and Wholesale Trade ($57,273).

Occupations

6.9k
2022 Value
± 533
−1.39%
1 Year decline
± 10.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in McAlester, OK declined at a rate of −1.39%, from 6.99k employees to 6.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in McAlester, OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (849 people), Management Occupations (704 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (533 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of McAlester, OK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

6.9k
2022 Value
± 533
−1.39%
1 Year decline
± 10.9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in McAlester, OK declined at a rate of −1.39%, from 6.99k employees to 6.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in McAlester, OK, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,047 people), Public Administration (1,013 people), and Manufacturing (637 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of McAlester, OK, though some of these residents may live in McAlester, OK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,326
Median earning men ± $8,600
$29,838
Median earning women ± $3,199

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($118,958), Wholesale Trade ($67,813), and Public Administration ($61,004).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Manufacturing ($71,429), Information ($55,057), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($52,917).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.72M people employed in Oklahoma. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Oklahoma.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Oklahoma went to Donald J. Trump with 65.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (32.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%).

James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin are the senators currently representing the state of Oklahoma. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Oklahoma is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Oklahoma

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James Lankford
Senator from Oklahoma3
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Took office following the resignation of Tom Coburn.
Markwayne Mullin
Senator from Oklahoma2
Assumed office on January 3, 2023
Took office following the resignation of Jim Inhofe.

James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin are the senators currently representing Oklahoma.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Oklahoma over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Oklahoma

Oklahoma is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Oklahoma have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in McAlester, OK awarded 957 degrees. The student population of McAlester, OK in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 305 male students and 298 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in McAlester, OK are White (510 and 53.3%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (250 and 26.1%), Hispanic or Latino (85 and 8.88%), and Black or African American (52 and 5.43%).

The largest universities in McAlester, OK by number of degrees awarded are Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester (942 and 98.4%) and Premier Academy of Cosmetology (15 and 1.57%).

The most popular majors in McAlester, OK are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (123 and 12.9%), Welding Technology (117 and 12.2%), and Other Biological & Biomedical Sciences (101 and 10.6%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.873% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.779% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (965k), Some college (734k), and Bachelors Degree (494k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in McAlester, OK was $126,300 in 2022, which is 0.448 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $110,900 to $126,300, a 13.9% increase. The homeownership rate in McAlester, OK is 59.9%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in McAlester, OK have an average commute time of 16.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in McAlester, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in McAlester, OK is $46,875. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in McAlester, OK was Census Tract 4866 with a value of $73,958, followed by Census Tract 4860 and Census Tract 4865, with respective values of $61,198 and $60,427.

Property

$126,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$13,414
$4,178
Median Property Taxes
±$390

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In McAlester, OK the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

59.9%
Homeownership
2022
66.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 59.9% of the housing units in McAlester, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 61.1%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4866
  2. Census Tract 4860
  3. Census Tract 4865

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in McAlester, OK was Census Tract 4866 with a value of $73,958, followed by Census Tract 4860 and Census Tract 4865, with respective values of $61,198 and $60,427.

The following map shows all of the places in McAlester, OK colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$46,875
Median Household Income
± $5,730
6.97k
Number of Households
± 521

In 2022, the median household income of the 6.97k households in McAlester, OK grew to $46,875 from the previous year's value of $44,890.

The following chart displays the households in McAlester, OK distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for McAlester, OK is from Oklahoma.
0.456
2022 Wage GINI in Oklahoma
0.453
2021 Wage GINI in Oklahoma

In 2022, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.507% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Oklahoma was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oklahoma in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.8%)
  2. Carpooled (8.04%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.24%)

In 2022, 81.8% of workers in McAlester, OK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.04%) and those who worked at home (6.24%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

16.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in McAlester, OK have a shorter commute time (16.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.57% of the workforce in McAlester, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

24.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in McAlester, OK (3.88k out of 16.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in McAlester, OK is White, followed by Two Or More and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

82.7% of the population of McAlester, OK has health coverage, with 34.4% on employee plans, 24.2% on Medicaid, 10.6% on Medicare, 10.8% on non-group plans, and 2.67% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Pittsburg County, OK see 2183 patients per year on average, which represents a 15.4% decrease from the previous year (2581 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1747 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 120 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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2,183 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Pittsburg County, OK

Primary care physicians in Pittsburg County, OK see an average of 2,183 patients per year. This represents a 15.4% decrease from the previous year (2,581 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Pittsburg County, OK in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 27.1% under 18 years, 20.8% between 18 and 34 years, 36.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.8% were men and 52.2% were women.

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Uninsured People

17.3%
Uninsured
34.4%
Employer Coverage
24.2%
Medicaid
10.6%
Medicare
10.8%
Non-Group
2.67%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in McAlester, OK declined by 13% from 19.9% to 17.3%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in McAlester, OK changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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