City of Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Broken Bow Facts and Statistics

City: Broken Bow

County: McCurtain

Population

Data from the 2000 population census places the Broken Bow population at 4,230. Approximately, 12.30% of the population of McCurtain County resides in Broken Bow.

Area 1970 1980 1990  
City 2,980 3,965 3,961  
County 28,642 36,151 33,433 34,402
30 Mile-rad. N/A N/A 34,600 35,600

Percent Distributions of the Population by Race -2000

In Broken Bow, 64.23% of the population is white, 9.43% is black of African American, 17.80% is Native American, and the remaining 8.5% is comprised of all other races.

Labor Force

The McCurtain County labor force was 15,025 in 2000. Participation rate in the county labor force constitutes 65.89% of males and 45.15% of females.

City Labor Force Factor Male Female Total
Civilian Labor Force (1990) 847 695 1,542
Employed (1990) 768 610 1,378
Unemployed persons within 30 miles (2000) 120 100 220

Climate

Broken Bow has a moderate climate with an average of 50 inches of rain annually and 4 inches of snow. The average number of flying days is 347.

General Government

Broken Bow has a Statutory Council-Manager form of government. The Council consists of four council members and one mayor. Four members are elected from their ward and one is elected at-large.

Public Safety

Broken Bow has 7 full-time fire personnel, 3 relief fire personnel, 15 volunteer fire personnel and 14 full-time police officers. The city's fire insurance has a 4 classification while the adjacent area has a 7 classification.

Utility Providers

Utility services are provided primarily by the following carriers:

Electric- Public Service Co. of Oklahoma and Broken Bow Electric
Natural Gas- Oklahoma Natural Gas
Telephone - Pine Telephone Co.

Water System

Broken Bow is a regional supplier. The system is gravity flow with bottom of clear well, elevation 750 ft.

Storage Capacity Average Daily Consumption Pressure in Mains Source
Ground: 2,000,000 GPD 4,500,000 GPD 100+ psi Broken Bow Lake
Elevated: 2,500,000 GPD      

Treatment plant can produce 9,000,000 gpd.

Sanitation and Sewage Treatment

Broken Bow has an extended aeration system of treatment. The city's sewage treatment system is currently operating at approximately 90% of capacity and is under expansion.

Sewer Treatment Capacity and Load

Measurement Capacity Present Load
Gallons per day 1,200,000 600,000
Population Equivalent 10,000 5,000

Express and Motor Freight

There are at least 10 motor freight companies which serve Broken Bow on an as-needed basis. One express carrier operates a terminal in the City. United Parcel Service is also available.

Distance to Major Cities

Oklahoma is centrally located in the U.S. The distance from Broken Bow to the following cities is:

City Miles to   City Miles
Atlanta667 Memphis302
Chicago773 New Orleans459
Dallas177 New York1,383
Denver825 Oklahoma City211
Detroit994 San Francisco1,822
Houston364 St. Louis488
Kansas City419 Seattle2,111
Los Angeles,530 Tulsa223

Air Transportation

The nearest commercial airport is 68 miles from Broken Bow at Paris, Texas. Metro Airlines serves the airport there.

Water Transportation

The nearest water transportation is the Port of Ft. Smith, Arkansas. It is 135 miles from Broken Bow and has a channel depth of 9 feet. It is connected via the Arkansas River to the Mississippi river and the Gulf of Mexico.

Road System

Broken Bow is located at the intersection of US 70, US 259, and SH 3. The nearest interstate highway is 1-30, approximately 62 miles to the South.

Accommodations

The city has 6 motels with 250 rooms.

Housing

Broken Bow has 1,652 dwellings; 49.6% are owner-occupied. Rental housing is readily available.

Places of Worship

Broken Bow has 30 Protestant churches.

Media

McCurtain County has 2 newspapers and 2 radio stations.

Tax Structure

Broken Bow's property tax rate is $90.03 per $1,000 assessed value for the year 2000-2001. The fractional assessment percentage for real property is 11.00% and for personal property; 11.00%. The property tax is distributed as follows:

City County School Other Total
$0.00 $35.50 $55.03 $0.00 $90.53

Sales Taxes

The city has a sales tax rate of 3%. In addition, the state levies a 4.5% tax rate on sales. McCurtain County levies a 1.75% sales tax.

Commercial Services

From the city the nearest machine shop, tool , and die services or electric and motor repair services are 13 miles away.

Educational Resources

Broken Bow has 4 primary and secondary schools with approximately 1,850 students and 152 teachers. Broken Bow has access to the Kiamichi Technology Center and E.T. Dunlap Higher Learning Center. There is a public library in Broken Bow with 40,000 volumes.

Telecommunications

Broken Bow has 34.89 miles of fiber optic cable with one point of presence available. There are 5 central offices with digital switching capability.

Medical Facilities and Medical Practitioners

There are 2 clinics in Broken Bow. There are 2 nursing homes with 165 beds. Practicing in the Broken Bow area are 2 medical doctors, 2 osteopaths, 1 chiropractor, 2 dentists and 1 optometrists. The nearest hospital to Broken Bow is 12 miles away.

Financial Institutions

Broken Bow has 3 banks with assets totaling $85,171,000.

Industrial Financing

The Oklahoma Finance Authorities (OFA) provides low interest financing through the issuance of general obligation bonds. The loans are established at 300 basis points over cost. In a first mortgage position the loan can be up to $1.25 million. Many Oklahoma counties have voted approval of General Obligation Limited-Tax Bonds for economic development. The amount of bonds the counties can issue is limited to no more than could be retired by a special tax levy of 5 mills. The proceeds of the bonds are generally used to acquire or build a facility associated with the development project. Lease income from the facility is used to amortize the bonds.

Recreational Facilities

The citizens of Broken Bow have access to a number of recreational facilities. The city has a beautiful 40 acre park with a stocked fishing pond, walking track, tennis, horseshoe, volleyball and basketball courts. The City has numerous baseball fields and currently working on a youth complex with 7 baseball/softball fields in operation.

Other Attractions

Within 10 miles of Broken Bow, there is Broken Bow Lake and Beavers Bend State Park.

Business

The employment and establishment data reported in the following table is for McCurtain County. It should be noted that this employment data excludes some types of employment, namely government and railroad employment.

Sector # of Establishments # Employed
Forestry, Fishing, Hunting & Ag Support 52 387
Mining 3 29
Utilities 6 35
Construction 33 203
Manufacturing 25 3,112
Wholesale Trade 29 248
Retail Trade 130 1,122
Transportation & Warehousing 30 317
Information 13 118
Finance & Insurance 40 236
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 14 20-99
Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services 33 383
Management of Companies & Enterprises   0-20
Admin., Support, Waste Mgt., Remediation Services 12 315
Educational Services 2 20-99
Health Care and Social Assistance 49 1,123
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 7 20-99
Accommodation & Food Services 45 470
Other Services (except public admin.) 60 234
Total: 594 8,498

Major Employers

Major Employers Product/Service # Employed
Tyson Foods Poultry Processing 1250
Weyerhaeuser Lumber 360
SETCO Tire Production 100
Broken Bow Public Schools Education Services 134
Dominance Industries FiberBoard 135
JMHuber Oriental Strand Broad 55
Jimmy Tucker Trucking Nationwide Common Carrier 80
Daryl Thomason Trucking Nationwide Common Carrier 200


Other Community Information

Broken Bow is a Capital Improvement Planning City.

Local Development Organization

Broken Bow Economic Development
Vickie Pieratt
210 N Broadway St
Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728
Phone: 580-584-2885
Fax: 580-584-6898

Charity O'Donnell
113 W Martin Luther King
Broken Bow, Oklahoma 74728
Phone: 580-584-3393
Fax: 580-584-7698
Email: bchamber@pine-net.com