General County Information

County Seat: Beaver

Located in the Oklahoma Panhandle, present-day Beaver County was created from the eastern one-third of that area. Named for the Beaver River, this county comprised the entire panhandle prior to statehood. Its county seat, Beaver, was at one time the capital of Cimarron Territory. Bordered on the north by Kansas and the south by Texas, Beaver County was crossed by the Jones and Plummer Trail. Established around 1874, this trail served first as a supply route and then a cattle trail between Texas and Kansas. While the local economy is based on agriculture and cattle, it is also supplemented by the oil and gas industry.

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

State Court Judges:
Ryan D. Reddick

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 2.6%
December 2015: 2.5%
December 2014: 2.2%
December 2013: 3.2%
December 2012: 3.5%
December 2011: 3.4%
December 2010: 3.6%

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Beaver County's economy has largely been based on agriculture since the turn of the 20th Century. At first, the major crop was broomcorn, but that was overtaken by wheat in the 1920s. Railroads connected the county to agricultural markets and stimulated an influx of new farmers. Beginning in 1912, the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway built a line from Woodward through Gate to Forgan. Beaver, Meade and Englewood Railroad completed a spur in 1915 from Beaver to Forgan, which was extended westward in 1925-1927 to Hooker. New towns arose along the rail lines or old ones relocated along them.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:
State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 2,659

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 11.1%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $52,090

State: 3,923,561
County: 5,530