General County Information

County Seat: Walters

Cotton County is composed of land belonging at one time to Quapaws, Choctaws and Chickasaws, the Comanche Reservation, and the Big Pasture. Part of it was created from the southern portion of Comanche County, and was formed as a result of a vote of its residents on August 22, 1912, after statehood. Agriculture has long been important to the economic base of the county. Principal crops include wheat and cotton. Livestock is also considered significant. Oil and gas production began in 1917 and rose to nearly 800 producing wells by 1952 when it ranked ninth in the state in oil production. Walters, the county seat, is the home of the Cotton County Electric Cooperative, largest rural electric cooperative in Oklahoma.

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

State Court Judges:
Michael C. Flanagan

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 4.5%
December 2015: 3.9%
December 2014: 3.5%
December 2013: 5.4%
December 2012: 5.7%
December 2011: 6.1%
December 2010: 6.6%

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The county's economy has long revolved around agriculture, specifically crops such as cotton, wheat, and livestock such as cattle and poultry. Beginning in the late 1910s, oil and gas grew as a strong industry, the county had 290 producing wells in 1920, 32 of which were gas. The southern portion of the county had Devol refineries, pumping stations, and pipelines. A large retail outlet, Temple's B & O Cash Store, shipped merchandise nationwide, before being bought by Sears and Roebuck in 1929 and later closed in 1954. In 1997 the county held 69,988 cattle and ranked eleventh in the state for poultry sold.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 3,007

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 16.8%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $46,361

State: 3,923,561
County: 6,112