Living in small town Oklahoma is quite different than living in the big cities in the state. In the larger cities, you can go about your day and not run into anyone who knows you by name. However, that’s not the story in many small towns across the Sooner State. Here are 14 of those small towns (pop. under 3,000) in Oklahoma where everyone is on a first name basis:
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Bigheart, Oklahoma, or Barnsdall, as it's now known, is a small town in Osage county with a lot of unique history. The town houses the world's only Main Street oil well. Barnsdall is not only rich in history, but is a close-knit community with a population of 1,237.
With a large Amish population in the area, Chouteau is located along the historic KATY railroad on Route 69 in Oklahoma. As the second-largest town in Mayes County, Chouteau has a population of 2,114.
3. Boise City
Located in the Oklahoma panhandle, Boise City is known as the only town in the United States that was bombed from airplanes during World War II. The town is full of friendly people who have known each other for generations. The local economy is based on ranching, farming, and the production of oil and natural gas. The population of Boise City is just over 1,200 residents.
Beaver has a population of approximately 1,500 people and is host of the annual World Cow Chip Throwing Championship. Since the residents of this Oklahoma Panhandle town know everyone by name, they can spot the visitors passing through to Beaver Dunes State Park.
The City of Mangum is a thriving community located in Southwest Oklahoma. Home to a growing population of approximately 3,000 people, Mangum is a place that is always on the go, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life adding to the charm of this delightful, historic city.
Waurika is located about 106 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. Waurika's economy has largely been based on cattle raising, agriculture and petroleum production since the founding of the city. The population is just over 2,000 residents.
7. Union City
Union City is located in southern Canadian County and has a population of 1,742. The city's economy is still supported by goods and services for the local agriculture industry. One grain elevator still operates out of the original three that were once in existence.
Home to Oklahoma's oldest bar, Eishens, Okarche sees many visitors in its small town of only 1,235 residents. They all know each other by name, but are also happy to welcome visitors to their quaint town.
Wister is a town in Le Flore County with a population of 1,085. It is also the location of a popular Army Corps of Engineers lake, Lake Wister. Lake Wister State Park, located in southeast Oklahoma, is a gateway to the beautiful Ouachita National Forest.
Kellyville is a town in Creek County, Oklahoma. The population of this small town is 1,151. 97 percent of the employed residents commute to jobs in Sapulpa and Tulsa.
Now known as Oklahoma’s Little Italy, the town of Krebs got its start as a small coal mining camp in the 1870s. Nearly half of the population was comprised of Italian-Americans, so it was no surprise when Italian restaurants began popping up in both Krebs and the neighboring city of McAlester. The population of Oklahoma's Little Italy in Pittsburg County is 2,000.
Newkirk is a city and county seat of Kay County with a population of 2,317. Newkirk is located on land known as the Cherokee Strip which belonged to the Cherokee Indians.
The city is celebrated as the Huckleberry Capital of the World and has been host to the annual Huckleberry Festival each July 4th weekend since 1967. Almost 40% of its residents are Native American, thus Jay is home to numerous Cherokee tribal offices and a health clinic for the Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation. The population is 2,486.
Walters is located about 19 miles south of Lawton, and is situated between two tributaries of the Red River - the East and West Cache Creeks. With a city motto, "Small town; Big heart" and a population of approximately 2,500, Walters is a place where everyone will know you by name.
Do you live in any of these small towns? What other ones should we add to this list?