General County Information

County Seat: Arnet

Located in western Oklahoma and created at statehood from portions of Roger Mills and Woodward counties, Ellis County was named for Albert H. Ellis, vice president of the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. The site of several Indian battles, including the Battle of Little Robe, and the Battle of Wolf Creek, Ellis County was crossed by Fort Elliott-Fort Supply Military Crossing, a major thoroughfare to military camps and posts in the Indian Territory and the Great Western Cattle Trail. Ellis County was once a leading dairy and oil producer. It now hosts primarily an agricultural and ranching industry. With the exception of Arnett, the county seat, the major communities of Ellis County -- Shattuck, Fargo, and Gage -- are located on or very near the old Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad, now the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

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:
Laurie E. Hays

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Notable Verdicts

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 3.5%
December 2015: 3.5%
December 2014: 2.5%
December 2013: 3.5%
December 2012: 2.8%
December 2011: 3.3%
December 2010: 4.6%

Major Employers:
From the time of its founding, the economy of Ellis County has been based on farming and ranching. The most important crops have been wheat, cotton and broomcorn. In 1907, the town of Shattuck shipped more broomcorn than any other shipping point in the nation. Cattle raising had become important right after the Civil War. A major player locally was the Dominion Cattle Company, part of the Cherokee Strip Livestock Association. Although grazing leases ended with the land run, ranching and cattle feeding remained important. In the 1970s, dairying proved profitable.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 2,273

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 11.9%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $50,855

State: 3,923,561
County: 4,121