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Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

Pottawatomie County is a county located in the U.S. State of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population is 65,521. Its county seat is Shawnee6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,055 km² (793 mi²). 2,040 km² (788 mi²) of it is land and 14 km² (6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.70% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 65,521 people, 24,540 households, and 17,717 families residing in the county. The population density is 32/km² (83/mi²). There are 27,302 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (35/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 79.88% White, 2.89% African American, 11.20% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 4.67% from two or more races. 2.36% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 24,540 households out of which 32.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% are married couples living together, 11.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% are non-families. 24.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.55 and the average family size is 3.02.

In the county, the population is spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 11.20% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 93.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $31,573, and the median income for a family is $38,162. Males have a median income of $31,104 versus $21,460 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,972. 14.60% of the population and 11.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 18.90% are under the age of 18 and 11.70% are 65 or older.

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