Piedmont, Oklahoma

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Location of Piedmont, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 35°40′15″N97°45′7″W / 35.67083°N 97.75194°W / 35.67083; -97.75194 Coordinates: 35°40′15″N97°45′7″W / 35.67083°N 97.75194°W / 35.67083; -97.75194
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Counties Canadian, Kingfisher
Government
  MayorKurt Mayabb
Area
  Total44.1 sq mi (114.1 km2)
  Land43.6 sq mi (112.9 km2)
  Water0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
Elevation
1,191 ft (363 m)
Population
  Total5,720
  Density131/sq mi (50.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
73078
Area code(s) 405
FIPS code 40-58700 [1]
GNIS feature ID1096622 [2]
Website www.piedmont-ok.gov

Piedmont is a city primarily in Canadian County, Oklahoma, though a small part of it is in Kingfisher County. It is a part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 5,720 at the 2010 census, a 56.7 percent increase from 3,650 at the 2000 census. [3] Piedmont is a home rule city served by a council–manager government.

Canadian County, Oklahoma County in the United States

Canadian County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 115,541, making it the fifth-most populous county in Oklahoma. Its county seat is El Reno. The county is named for the Canadian River.

Oklahoma State of the United States of America

Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, Texas on the south, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which dramatically increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

Kingfisher County, Oklahoma County in the United States

Kingfisher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,034. Its county seat is Kingfisher. The county was formed in 1890 and named Kingfisher by a vote of residents.

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History

The city of Piedmont was founded on land claimed during the Unassigned Land Run of April 22, 1889. The town was founded in 1903 by Dr. E. H. Long. [4]

Land Rush of 1889 1889 land rush in the US

The Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889 was the first land rush into the Unassigned Lands. The area that was opened to settlement included all or part of the Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne counties of the US state of Oklahoma. The land run started at high noon on April 22, 1889, with an estimated 50,000 people lined up for their piece of the available two million acres (8,000 km2).

Piedmont's success was spurred by the now-defunct St. Louis, El Reno and Western Railway that extended a line from Guthrie to El Reno, which allowed it to become an agricultural market center. However, the railroad ceased to operate in 1924. [4]

The St. Louis, El Reno and Western Railway was a small struggling railroad, started by local business interests in the Territorial Capital of Guthrie, Oklahoma. The railroad was built to move freight and passengers from eastern connections at Guthrie, West to the huge Rock Island Railroad hub and system cross roads at El Reno, Oklahoma. Working through the oil boom of the early-20th century with service to the South end of the large "Cashion Pool" and the boom towns of Piedmont, Richland and Navina.

Guthrie, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Guthrie is a city and county seat in Logan County, Oklahoma, United States, and a part of the Oklahoma City Metroplex. The population was 10,191 at the 2010 census, a 2.7 percent increase from the 9,925 at the 2000 census.

El Reno, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

El Reno is a city in and county seat of Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 16,729. The city was begun shortly after the 1889 land rush and named for the nearby Fort Reno. It is located in the central part of the state, approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of downtown Oklahoma City, and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Piedmont remained a small but stable rural community for the first half of the 20th century. Starting in the 1950s, the town became an increasingly popular bedroom community for those working in nearby Oklahoma City. Development of the "Northwest Expressway" (Oklahoma State Highway 3) resulted in population growth of 124%.

Oklahoma City State capital city in Oklahoma, United States

Oklahoma City, often shortened to OKC, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 643,648 as of July 2017. As of 2018, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,396,445, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,469,124 residents, making it Oklahoma's largest metropolitan area.

Oklahoma State Highway 3 highway in Oklahoma

State Highway 3, also abbreviated as SH-3 or OK-3, is a highway maintained by the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Traveling diagonally through Oklahoma, from the Panhandle to the far southeastern corner of the state, SH-3 is the longest state highway in the Oklahoma road system, at a total length of 615 miles (990 km) via SH-3E.

Geography

Piedmont is located in the northeastern corner of Canadian County at 35°40′15″N97°45′7″W / 35.67083°N 97.75194°W / 35.67083; -97.75194 (35.670849, -97.751903). [5] It is 10 miles (16 km) north of Yukon. [4] It is bordered to the south by the Oklahoma City limits. The center of Piedmont is about 22 miles (35 km) northwest of the center of Oklahoma City.

Yukon, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Yukon is a city in Canadian County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area. The population was 22,709 at the 2010 census. Founded in the 1890s, the town was named in reference to a gold rush in Yukon Territory, Canada, at the time. Historically, Yukon served as an urban center for area farmers and the site of a large milling operation. It is now considered primarily a bedroom community for people who work in Oklahoma City.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Piedmont has a total area of 44.1 square miles (114.1 km2), of which 43.6 square miles (112.9 km2) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), or 1.02%, is water. [6]

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1910 255
1920 213−16.5%
1930 148−30.5%
1940 1512.0%
1950 120−20.5%
1960 14621.7%
1970 26984.2%
1980 2,016649.4%
1990 2,52225.1%
2000 3,65044.7%
2010 5,72056.7%
Est. 20177,749 [7] 35.5%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]

Piedmont also has many plains and has lots of crops growing, meaning many farmers.

As of the census of 2010, [9] there were 5,720 people in 1,836 households in the city. The population density was 83.3 people per square mile (32.2/km²). There were 1,270 housing units at an average density of 29.0 per square mile (11.2/km²). The 2010 racial makeup of the city was 87.7% white, 1% African American, 3.4% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 3.7% from two or more races. Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin were 4.8% of the population.Census 2000 numbers list 1,226 households out of which 49.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.4% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.6% were non-families. 9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.3% under the age of 18, [9] 6.4% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $85,313 from 2006-2010 [9] and the median income for a family was $57,121. Males had a median income of $37,273 versus $26,332 for females. The per capita income for the city was $33,694. [9] About 4.0% of families and 4.4% of the population [9] were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education

The Piedmont school district reports an enrollment of 4,083 students for the 2017-2018 school year. [10] Piedmont's school district consists of 7 school facilities: Primary School, 3 Elementary Schools, Intermediate School, Middle School, and High School. School teams are known by the nickname "Wildcats."

Piedmont High School won the Class C girls basketball State Championship in 1967.

The Pride of Piedmont Winter Guard won a MAPAA State Championship in 2006. In 2009, they won the WGPO State Championship. In 2010, the Pride of Piedmont Middle School Winter Guard won the state championship in their class. In 2017 The Piedmont High School Varsity Winter Guard Placed 2nd in their class.

The Piedmont Girls' Track Team won the Class 4A State Championship in 2009 and 2010.

The Piedmont Boys' Cross Country Team won the Class 5A State Championship in 2018, setting a state record in the process. This also marks the school's first state championship for any boys' sport.

The Piedmont Girls' Basketball Team won the Class 5A State Championship in 2019.

Government

Piedmont is a home rule city served by a council–manager government.

Media

Piedmont and nearby communities are served by the Piedmont-Surrey Hills Gazette.

2011 tornado

On May 24, 2011, the Piedmont community was hit by an EF5 tornado that destroyed hundreds of homes [11] in the city, caused over $20 million in property damage [12] and killed two small children. [13]

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