General County Information

County Seat: Nowata

Stories abound as to the origin of the name Nowata. One opinion is that two railroad surveyors took the suggestion of Roberta Campbell Lawson, an educated Delaware Indian woman, "Noweta" meaning "welcome." Others say a Georgian exploring the area found no water at some springs and posted a sign "No Wata" to warn other travelers. Created at statehood, Nowata County took its name from the county seat of Nowata. In 1904, when oil and gas were discovered, Nowata County became known as the world's largest shallow oil field, and some are still producing. Today, the county is principally ranching. The Nowata County Courthouse is a historic site and the Verdigris River and Oologah Lake Double Creek Cove provide recreational and fishing opportunities.

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:
Carl G. Gibson

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 6.0%
December 2015: 5.2%
December 2014: 5.5%
December 2013: 6.2%
December 2012: 6.7%
December 2011: 7.2%
December 2010: 8.2%

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The economy of Nowata County has been based on agriculture. The most important crops are wheat, corn, oats, and sorghum. Cattle raising is also important to the local economy.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 4,825

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 16.4%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $39,875

State: 3,923,561
County: 10,555