General County Information

County Seat: Newkirk

Newkirk is located in northern Oklahoma north of Ponca City on U.S. Highway 77 near the Kansas border and is the Kay County seat. Nearby Ponca City's manufacturing base is as diverse as our early settlers and continues to be a leader in the world for new innovations and first-class, quality products. Ponca City has an international flair, with a large percentage of its manufacturing firms exporting to locations all over North America and the world. Products manufactured locally range from deep-well drilling equipment and state-of-the-art technologies used in the oil refining process. Consistently viewed in the state as the leader in community and economic development, the citizens and leaders of Ponca City are constantly working to improve the lives of its citizenry. From continual upgrades to water, power, sewer and roadway infrastructures, Ponca City continues to be a standard for other communities.

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:
David R. Bandy, Jennifer Brock, Lee Turner 

$2.8 million medical malpractice verdict in 2004, which is unusual for this conservative county. *** [Please contact Steve Holden for further information.]

General Court Information: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=COUNTYINFO&county=KAY
Search Court Cases: http://www.odcr.com/

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. www.morelaw.com

Date: 11/07/03
Case Style: Collier v. Heilman, et al.
Judge: D. Boyd
Outcome: $2,650,000
Description: Medical malpractice

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Date: 02/16/01
Case Style: Stevens v. Sigler
Judge: Leslie Page
Outcome: $30,000
Description: Automobile accident involving soft tissue injury.

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 6.3%
December 2015: 5.7%
December 2014: 4.9%
December 2013: 6.4%
December 2012: 7.1%
December 2011: 7.5%
December 2010: 8.5%

Major Employers:
Sykes (inbound call center)
Smith International (drilling and mining bit manufacturing)
Tyson Foods Inc. (meat processors)
Air Systems Components (air grills and diffusers)
Air Systems Components (air grills and diffusers)
Albertsons Inc. (distribution/warehouse)
Wal Mart
City of Ponca City
Ponca City Public Schools
Via Christi Oklahoma Regional Med.
Mid-America Door (commercial and residential doors)
Mertz Inc. (machining and assembly)
Evans and Associates (asphalt & concrete manufacturing)

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 21,626

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 18.7%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $42,134

State: 3,923,561
County: 45,587