Friday, May 31, 2019

Population loss in rural Oklahoma: Blaine County

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

Source:  Wikipedia (Blaine County, Watonga)

Watonga is the county seat of Blaine County.

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

Percentage of population 25 and older with a bachelor's degree:
  • 17.0% - Blaine County
  • 24.8% - Oklahoma
  • 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
  • 19.4% - Blaine County
  • 15.3% - Oklahoma
  • 15.6% - U.S.

The last time Blaine County voted for a Democratic candidate for president was in 1935, when FDR won his 2nd of 4 terms. In 1964, Barry Goldwater beat LBJ by 7 percentage points, and third-party candidate George Wallace received 14.5% of the vote in 1968.

Related reading:
Canadian County leads state in population growth rate.  (Oklahoma City Oklahoman, 4/19/2019)
Of the 77 counties in Oklahoma, 48 lost population between 2017 and 2018. 
Blaine County, which borders Canadian County on the north and west, was among those losing population last year. Since the 2010 Census, the county has lost 21 percent of its population, the highest percentage loss in the state. 
Teresa A. France, director of the chamber of commerce in Watonga, the seat of Blaine County, said residents had begun to rally after many years of complacency.

Other Oklahoma population loss posts:
Western third
Beaver County/Beaver.  (5/27/2019)
Harper County/Buffalo. (5/28/2019)
Ellis County/Arnett.  (5/28/2019)
Roger Mills/Cheyenne.  (5/28/2019)
Greer County/Mangum.  (5/29/2019)
Harmon County/Hollis.  (5/29/2019)
Tillman County/Frederick.  (5/29/2019)
Kiowa County/Hobart.  (5/30/2019)
Washita County/New Cordell.  (5/30/2019)
Dewey County/Taloga.  (5/30/2019)
Alfalfa County/Cherokee.  (5/31/2019)
Major County/Fairview.  (5/31/2019)

Other population loss series:

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