- Shawnee, Oklahoma
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Shawnee is a city in Pottawatomie County,
Oklahoma, United States. The population was 28,692 at the 2000 census. The city is part of the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area; it is also the county seatof Pottawatomie CountyGR|6 and the principal city of the Shawnee Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Located on Interstate 40, Shawnee is just 30 minutes east of attractions of downtown
Oklahoma City. To the east and northeast, the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System offers barge access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes region.
Shawnee has a sister city program with Nikaho in Akita, Japan. This is most likely due to the presence of a
TDKplant in Shawnee. Every year junior high students from Shawnee visit Nikaho in July, and Japanese junior high students visit Shawnee in September.
Shawnee is located at coor dms|35|20|33|N|96|56|2|W|city (35.342474, -96.933775)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.7 square miles (115.7 km²).About 42.3 square miles (109.5 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (5.37%) is water.
Shawnee is the home of
St. Gregory's University, a Benedictine Catholic institution founded in 1875, and Oklahoma Baptist University, founded in 1906. The Heart of Oklahoma Exhibition Center, begun in 1981, now boasts 152,400 square feet of exhibit space, a 19,200 square foot indoor arena that seats 1,000, and an outdoor arena seating 7,500, and an RV park all on 72 acres. Since 1993 the Center has been the host of the International Finals Youth Rodeo(IFYR), the "richest youth rodeo in the world" with a total prize payout of over $2.6 million; over 1,100 youth register for the event each year.
Citizen Potawatomination, the ninth largest Native American tribe in the United States with 26,000 members, is headquartered between Shawnee and Tecumseh. Their Firelake Casinofeatures over 125,000 squre feet of gaming space and employs 1200. Shawnee Regional Airporthas a 6000' asphalt lighted runway with services available seven days a week.
Shawnee is also home of the
Shawnee Millers, a local semi-professional football team. Shawnee competes in the Oklahoma Metro Football League. Shawnee's first season was 2008 where the franchise went 3-5 and was OMFL State Semi-Finalist.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 28,692 people, 11,311 households, and 7,306 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 678.9 people per square mile (262.1/km²). There were 12,651 housing units at an average density of 299.3/sq mi (115.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.03% White, 4.06% African American, 12.82% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 4.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.72% of the population.
There were 11,311 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. About 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 15.2% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,659, and the median income for a family was $35,690. Males had a median income of $29,792 versus $20,768 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $15,676. About 13.8% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.
Leroy Gordon Cooper, astronaut
Melodie Crittenden, singer
Darrien Gordon, football player
Brad Henry, Governor of Oklahoma
Robert H. Henry, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals judge
*Gary D. Hunt, Inventor Two time Product of the year winner
Brad Pitt, actor
Jason Bridges, famed "Insurance agent to the stars"
Jeremy Dawson, keyboardist for Shiny Toy Guns
William O. Wooldridge, military
Cpt Garrett Ward, militaryFact|date=June 2008
Wade Hayes,country singer
Adrin Dockrey, engineer
Justin Mitchell, sports writer, Rivals.com
James Bridges, screenwriter & director
Gordon Cooper Technology Center
Oklahoma Baptist University
St. Gregory's University.
* [http://www.visitshawnee.com Shawnee Convention & Visitors Bureau]
* [http://www.ShawneeOK.org Official City of Shawnee Site]
* [http://www.news-star.com Shawnee News-Star]
* [http://www.shawneesun.com Shawnee Sun]
* [http://www.rootsweb.com/~okpottaw/ Shawnee Genealogy Page]
* [http://www.justsoyouknow.us/shawnee Shawnee Public Library]
* [http://wikitravel.org/en/Shawnee WikiTravel Article for Shawnee, Oklahoma]
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