Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Population loss in rural Oklahoma: Roger Mills County

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

Source:  Wikipedia (Roger Mills County, Cheyenne)

Cheyenne is the county seat of Roger Mills County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 20.8% - Roger Mills County
  • 24.8% - Oklahoma
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 20.5% - Roger Mills County
  • 15.3% - Oklahoma
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Roger Mills County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1976, when Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford by 21.1 percentage points.  In 1964, LBJ beat Barry Goldwater by 18.4 percentage points, and third-party candidate George Wallace received 25.1%of the vote in 1968.

Western Plains Library System (Minnie R. Slief-Cheyenne)

Related reading:
Wayne Greene: Get off your horse and redesign county government for an era of automobiles and airplanes.  (Tulsa World, 1/25/2019)
Spoiler alert: Roger Mills County still ends at the Texas state line. But what happens inside 77 courthouses between Arkansas and Texas could be completely reconfigured.

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)

Other population loss series:
Detroit metro.

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