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Rogers County, Oklahoma

Rogers County, Oklahoma
Map of Oklahoma highlighting Rogers County
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Map of the United States highlighting Oklahoma
Oklahoma's location in the U.S.
Founded 1907
Named for Clement Vann Rogers
Seat Claremore
Largest city Claremore
 • Total 711 sq mi (1,841 km2)
 • Land 676 sq mi (1,751 km2)
 • Water 36 sq mi (93 km2), 5.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 89,044
 • Density 129/sq mi (50/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.rogerscountywww

Rogers County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 86,905.[1] Its county seat is Claremore,[2] making it the sixth largest county in Oklahoma based on population. The county was originally created in 1907 from the western Saline District of the Cherokee Nation and named the Cooweescoowee District. However, the residents protested and the name was changed to Rogers County, after Clem Vann Rogers, a mixed-blood Cherokee rancher and father of Will Rogers.[3][4]

Rogers County is included in the Tulsa, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics 4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Towns 5.2
    • Census-designated places 5.3
    • Unincorporated communities 5.4
  • NRHP sites 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


View of Claremore's skyline

According to the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, the Arkansas Band of the Osage Nation settled in the Three Forks area (the junction of the Arkansas River, Grand River and Verdigris River during the 1760s and established two villages called Pasuga and Pasona in what is now Rogers County. Pasona was near a mound on the Verdigris River called Claremore Mound. The name honored Chief Claremore (Gra-mon or Arrow Going Home).[3]

In 1828, Cherokee tribes exchanged their Arkansas land for an area that included present-day Rogers County that had been ceded by the Osage in 1825.[3] The area became the Saline District of the Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory and later the Cooweescoowee District.[3]

Upon statehood, the county was created and designated Cooweescoowee County before being renamed Rogers County in honor of Clement Rogers.[3]

Shortly after statehood, Eastern University Preparatory School was established on College Hill, just west of Claremore, Oklahoma.[5] The Oklahoma Military Academy was established in 1919.[5] The academy was closed and Claremore Junior College was opened in 1971.[5] The state legislature renamed the institution Rogers State College and Rogers University before settling on Rogers State University in 1998.[5]


Claremore Lake

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 711 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 676 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93 km2) (5.0%) is water.[6] The largest body of water is Lake Oologah. The main streams are the Caney River and the Verdigris River. However, there are a number of smaller creeks and lakes in the county.[3]

Adjacent counties


As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 86,905 people, 31,884 households, and 24,088 families residing in the county. The population density was 105 people per square mile (40/km²). There were 27,476 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.3% White, 1.0% Black or African American, 13.1% Native American, 1.1% Asian (0.5% Hmong, 0.1% Filipino, 0.1% Indian),[13] 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 8.1% from two or more races. 3.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race (2.7% Mexican, 0.3% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Spanish, 0.1% Peruvian).[14][15][16] 18.1% were of German, 13.8% Irish, 8.7% English, 3.0% French, 2.5% Scottish, and 2.2% Italian ancestries.[17]

96.7% spoke English, 1.7% Spanish, and 0.4% German as their first language.[18]

There were 31,884 households out of which 38.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.60% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.90% were non-families. 19.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.70% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 24.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $58,434 and the median income for a family was $67,691. The per capita income for the county was $26,400. About 7.2% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.[14][19][20]


Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of January 15, 2012[21]
Party Number of Voters Percentage
  Democratic 20,854 40.44%
  Republican 24,740 47.97%
  Unaffiliated 5,979 11.59%
Total 51,573 100%
Presidential election results[22]
Year Republican Democrat
2008 72.03% 27,743 27.97% 10,772
2004 67.70% 24,976 32.30% 11,918
2000 61.18% 17,713 37.35% 10,813




Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

NRHP sites

The followings sites in Rogers County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Thomas, Sarah C. "Rogers County," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2009. Accessed April 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Oklahoma: Individual County Chronologies". Oklahoma Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Paul B. Hatley, "Rogers State University," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2009. Accessed April 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  
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  22. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 

External links

  • Rogers County Government's website
  • Rogers County Genealogy page
  • Oklahoma Digital Maps: Digital Collections of Oklahoma and Indian Territory
  • Voices of Oklahoma interview with Frank Robson. First person interview conducted on November 2, 2009 with Frank Robson referencing the history of Rogers County, Oklahoma. Original audio and transcript archived with Voices of Oklahoma oral history project.

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