Tatums, Oklahoma Statistic: Population, Charts, Map, Steets and More

In the 1890s, the Dawes Severalty Act favored self-segregated communities. Lee and Mary Tatum established a community in Carter County, Oklahoma. Though not a large town, Tatums quickly became a center of black rural life in the early twentieth century. The Rosenwald Foundation built a large school in Tatums during this period. In addition, the silent film "Black Gold" was filmed here, and the famous country singer Charles Floyd lived there as well.

The population of Tatum is about 1,342 residents. According to the United States Census Bureau, it was the 8,987th largest city in 2010. It is the ninth-largest city in Oklahoma. The median household income is $19,725 - lower than the national average, but higher than neighboring and parent geographies. During the last census, 18.8% of residents in Tatums used public transit to travel to work.

In terms of ancestry, 61.1% of the population identified as white. Another 14.6% identified as black or Hispanic. The city also has a high percentage of Vietnam veterans. In addition, its overall population is overwhelmingly white. A majority of its residents are enrolled in school, but many do not. Residents also report their ancestry, including French, Italian, German, and Irish.

In terms of wages, the most common occupations in Tatums are production, transportation, and material moving. The median house value is less than the Oklahoma state average. The percentage of white people working in Tatums is lower than the national average, while the number of black residents is higher. Additionally, the percentage of people who work in the transportation and warehousing industries is higher than the state average.