Davis, Oklahoma

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Davis, Oklahoma
Location of Davis, Oklahoma
Location of Davis, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 34°29′52″N 97°7′37″W / 34.49778°N 97.12694°W / 34.49778; -97.12694Coordinates: 34°29′52″N 97°7′37″W / 34.49778°N 97.12694°W / 34.49778; -97.12694
CountryUnited States
 • Total11.0 sq mi (28.5 km2)
 • Land11.0 sq mi (28.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
846 ft (258 m)
 • Total2,683
 • Density237.1/sq mi (91.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)580
FIPS code40-19450[1]
GNIS feature ID1091947[2]
Turner Falls, in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis

Davis is a city in Garvin and Murray counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 2,683 at the 2010 census.


Davis is named after Samuel H. Davis, who moved to Washita in what was then Indian Territory in 1887.[3] Davis owned a dry goods store, which was four miles south of the current town of Davis. Davis submitted a petition for a Santa Fe depot to be built near his store, and the petition was accepted.[3] In 1890, he also successfully petitioned for a post office to be built.[3] The post office was supposed to be named after Nelson Chigley a Chickasaw Indian who owned the land on which the town was to be built.[3] Chigley was already an Indian Territory name, so it was named after Davis.[3] The town was established on November 16, 1898.[3] It is located 23 miles north of Ardmore and 23 miles south of Pauls Valley.[3]

By 1900, Davis had 57 businesses, two banks, 10 doctors, three dentists, and three lawyers.[3] Cotton farming was a common occupation in Davis, which was in one of the best cotton producing sections in Oklahoma.[3]

Later, when U.S. Interstate 35 was constructed, it was built 2 miles to the west of Davis.[3]

By the year 2000 the population had grown to 2,610, and very few people worked as farmers.[3] However, the education, health, and social services sectors of the economy had grown, with around a quarter of the population working in these areas.[3]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28.5 km²), all land. It is located near Lake Arbuckle.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20152,794[4]4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 2,683 people, 1,042 households, and 723 families residing in the city. The population density was 237.1 people per square mile (91.5/km²). There were 1,202 housing units at an average density of 109.2 per square mile (42.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.34% White, 4.56% African American, 10.65% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 3.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.03% of the population.

There were 1,042 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,958, and the median income for a family was $37,100. Males had a median income of $27,266 versus $16,667 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,604. About 13.0% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.


Davis and its surrounding counties are served by a weekly local newspaper, The Davis News.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Chadwick, R.W. and Sharon Chandwick. "Davis,", Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, Accessed August 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Archived from the original on June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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