Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wheatland, Okla., gets 28 words from Wikipedia

“Wheatland is a rural community located on State Highway 152 in extreme southwestern Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. The post office opened February 10, 1902. The ZIP Code is 73097.”,_Oklahoma

Let’s see if we can improve on that a little bit.

Wheatland has a Roadhouse, Pioneer Equipment, Midwest Streetcars Automotive, Y Mart, HK&S Iron and Mustang Food Mart. Housing developments include Canadian Estates to the west and Embassy West to the southwest. Will Rogers World Airport is a few miles due east.

The population is 187, living in 84 housing units. The median age is 44 – 48 for men and 38 for women. Ten-year difference. Hmm. But – 95 men and 92 women. Racial breakdown shows 159 white; 8 American Indian or Alaskan Native; 3 Asian (Philippino? Korean? Azeri?); 4 “other races;” and 6 “two or more races.”

Of all households, 52% are husband and wife; 26% are singles. Seventy percent of the households are “without Kids.” That might be because the largest age groups listed as head of household are 55-64 and 75-84, people not likely to have kids at home. All the population is in housing units. Thirty two units were built in 1939 or earlier; 35 in the 1980s. Seven units are vacant.

Thirty-three percent of the population works full time; 6 percent are part time; and 61% report “no earnings.” Again, indications of an elderly population. All working people drive to work, by car, truck or van.

Of those 25 or older, 51% do not have a high school diploma.

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