General County Information

County Seat: Sayre

Named for Kentucky Governor John C. W. Beckham at the suggestion of a delegate to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, Beckham County was formed at statehood from portions of Greer and Roger Mills counties, and is the site of the Oklahoma Traveler Information Center for persons entering Oklahoma on Interstate 40 from Texas. Sayre, the county seat, was named for Robert H. Sayre, a stockholder in the railroad constructed through Sayre at the time of its founding. The city is the home of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Sayre campus. Agriculture, oil and gas are the major industries of the county. Merrick 14 Ranch, located east of Sayre, has produced world champion quarter horses and Elk City is the host of the Rodeo of Champions held each September.

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:
Michelle Kirby Roper

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 6.6%
December 2015: 5.7%
December 2014: 2.4%
December 2013: 3.1%
December 2012: 3.2%
December 2011: 3.3%
December 2010: 4.6%

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The county economy has been based mainly on farming and raising livestock. The major crops have been cotton, wheat, alfalfa, kafir, milo maize, and broomcorn. Mineral industries have occasionally been significant. In the early 20th century, there was some salt production. A limited amount of oil and gas production began in the 1920s.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:
State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 10,037

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 13.9%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $48,601

State: 3,923,561
County: 23,300