General County Information

County Seat: Watonga

Originally designated as "C" County in 1890, Blaine was adopted as the county name in November 1892, in honor of James G. Blaine, U.S. Senator, House Speaker, and Republican presidential candidate in 1884. The county seat, Watonga, was named for Watangaa, or Black Coyote, an Arapahoe leader. The city is the site of the Watonga Cheese Factory and the annual Watonga Cheese Festival. Blaine County is the site of the first gypsum mill in Oklahoma Territory, the Ruby Stucco Mill. Southard, located in the north central part of the county, is the site of one of the purest gypsum deposits in the United States. The U.S. Gypsum Company is the largest industrial plant in the county.

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:
Mark A. Moore

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 3.4%
December 2015: 3.4%
December 2014: 3.2%
December 2013: 3.6%
December 2012: 3.8%
December 2011: 4.5%
December 2010: 7.0%

Major Employers:
Southard, located in central Blaine County, is the site of one of the purest gypsum deposits in the United States and is home to The U.S. Gypsum Company, the largest industrial plant in the county. Lying in the Cimarron Valley, Okeene's economy has been based in agriculture, primarily wheat and hay. Major manufacturing businesses are the Okeene Milling Company, Seaboard Farms, and Mountain Country Foods, a manufacturer of pet food. The Okeene Municipal Hospital and Clinic is one of the primary medical centers of northwest Oklahoma.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:
State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 5,178

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 16.3%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $41,972

State: 3,923,561
County: 9,810