General County Information

County Seat: Hugo

Choctaw County was created at the time of statehood and named for the Choctaw Nation of Indians whose tribal name is Chahta. Early industry in the area was limited to patch farming, but agriculture became more established with the advent of the railroad and resulting increase of immigrants to the area. Hugo, the county seat, is the winter quarters for the Carson and Barnes Circus, the largest truck-drawn circus under the big top in the United States. The Kiamichi Area Vocational-Technical School and the Western Farmers Electric Cooperative are also located in Hugo. The PRCA Professional Rodeo and Grant's Bluegrass Festival are held annually in June and August, respectively. Hugo Lake and Lake Raymond Gary State Park provide additional recreational outlets for the county.

State District Court Information
Favorability to Defendant: 4
Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Bill Baze

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General Court Information:

Notable Verdicts

Morelaw is a free reporting service that plaintiff and defense lawyers use. So, it is not necessarily a representative cross-section of verdicts. In our opinion, the plaintiff's bar reports favorable outcomes more frequently than the defense bar reports favorable outcomes.

Date: 8/27/11
Case Style: Steve Rouse v. Texas Capital Bank, N.A.
Judge: Jana Kay Wallas
Outcome: Plaintiff’s verdict for $64.5 million
Description: commercial tort theory

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 8.5%
December 2015: 7.1%
December 2014: 7.9%
December 2013: 9.3%
December 2012: 8.6%
December 2011: 9.3%
December 2010: 9.4%

Major Employers:
Agriculture, ranching, and lumber have been the mainstays of the county economy since statehood. In 1910, cotton was the main crop. By 1930, the local agriculture industry had diversified to include corn, oats, prairie hay, and peanuts. At the start of the 21st century, soybeans, vegetables, and corn were the main crops. Retail businesses and health care were the largest employers.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 7,518

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 29.9%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $30,617

State: 3,923,561
County: 15,120