General County Information

County Seat: Woodard

When the Cherokee Outlet was opened to settlement in 1893, the name "Woodward" was given to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe station in central "N" County, Oklahoma Territory. The name was given later to the county. Woodward, the county seat, became a shipping point for cattle, and in 1913, the U.S. Government located an agricultural research station there. Woodward celebrated its centennial year in 1987. It remains a hub for commerce in northwest Oklahoma. Agriculture and petroleum have contributed to the county's economy. Today Woodward Iodine, Western Farmer's Electrical Co-op, Bison Nitrogen, Terra Chemical, Deepwater Chemicals, and Mutual of Omaha are the examples of the county's industrial development. Scenic areas include Boiling Springs State Park northeast of Woodward, and Alabaster Caverns State Park in the northern section of the county. Ft. Supply Reservoir provides hunting, fishing, camping, and swimming activities. Boiling Springs Golf Course is rated one of the top ten public courses in the state.

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:
Don A. Work

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General Court Information: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=COUNTYINFO&county=WOODWARD

Notable Verdicts

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 5.4%
December 2015: 5.2%
December 2014: 2.5%
December 2013: 3.3%
December 2012: 3.4%
December 2011: 4.1%
December 2010: 5.7%

Major Employers:
Agriculture and cattle production have been very important to the county income since before statehood. Grains, especially wheat, were the largest crop. However, broomcorn grew abundantly. Broom factories operated in Woodward and Mooreland. Castor beans, grown during World War I, were processed into castor oil, which was used as a lubricant for aircraft engines. Extractive industries became relatively more important during the 1920s, while agriculture began to decline. Mineral production included salt, bentonite, and petroleum. Natural gas production began in 1956. In 1975, a plant was built near Woodward to extract iodine from oil field brine. It soon supplied 14% of the nation's supply of the chemical.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 8,938

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 11.8%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $55,300

State: 3,923,561
County: 20,986