Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Population loss in rural Oklahoma: Greer County

Population loss as in major -- 50% or more.  

Source:  Wikipedia (Greer County, Mangum)

Mangum is the county seat of Greer County.

Population loss by degrees:  80-89%70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 14.3% - Greer County
  • 24.8% - Oklahoma
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 17.6% - Greer County
  • 15.3% - Oklahoma
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Greer County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1996, when Bill Clinton won a second term in office. In 1964, LBJ beat Barry Goldwater by 36.4 percentage points, and third-party candidate George Wallace received 23.9% of the vote in 1968.

Margaret Carder Library, Mangum
(housed in community building)

Related reading:
The Talk of Mangum, Okla.  (The New York Times, 5/19/1972)
Mangum is the center of the Dust Bowl of the nineteen‐thirties, the place the Okies left for California when a prolonged drought and a scorching sun turned the sandy plains into a plaything for the winds. Nothing grew here in 1936 except the grapes of wrath.

Other Oklahoma population loss posts:
Western third
Cimarron County/Boise City.  (5/27/2019)
Beaver County/Beaver.  (5/27/2019)
Harper County/Buffalo. (5/28/2019)
Ellis County/Arnett.  (5/28/2019)
Roger Mills/Cheyenne.  (5/28/2019)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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