General County Information

County Seat: Wewoka

Taking its name from a Creek word meaning "runaway" or "those who camp at a distance," this county was originally part of the Seminole Nation, Indian Territory. As a result of a treaty with the Creeks in 1856, the Seminoles received an estimated 2,169,080 acres of land in the Indian Territory where they could establish their own government and laws. They were the last of the Five Civilized Tribes to organize their government in this region. Although oil exploration began near Wewoka as early as 1902, it was not until 1923 and the discovery of the Greater Seminole field that the county experienced an economic boom. By September 1929, this became the premier high-gravity oil field in the United States. Now, agriculture and manufacturing also contribute to the economy. Businesses engaged in the production of clothing, oil field chemicals and tanks, air blasting equipment, and others are located in the area. Seminole State College continues the tradition first exemplified by the founding of the Mekasukey Academy for Seminole boys in 1891 and the Emahaka Boarding School for Seminole girls in 1893. Sources of recreational activities include area lakes, as well as public golf courses in Seminole and Wewoka.

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:
Timothy L. Olsen, Trisha D. Smith

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 6.5%
December 2015: 6.0%
December 2014: 5.8%
December 2013: 7.7%
December 2012: 8.0%
December 2011: 8.0%
December 2010: 8.7%

Major Employers:
Primary industries include agriculture, oil, and businesses engaged in the production of clothing, oil field chemicals and tanks, air blasting equipment, and others. This community is so small that we have been unable to determine major employers.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 11,654

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 20.7%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $36,068

State: 3,923,561
County: 25,481