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Snyder, Oklahoma

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Snyder, Oklahoma
Location of Snyder, Oklahoma
Location of Snyder, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 34°39′19″N 98°57′12″W / 34.6552528°N 98.9533021°W / 34.6552528; -98.9533021
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Land1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,355 ft (413 m)
 • Total1,394
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,007.10/sq mi (388.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)580
FIPS code40-68400[3]
GNIS feature ID1098175[4]

Snyder is a city in Kiowa County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 1,394 at the 2010 census. This figure represented a decline of 7.6 percent from 1,509 persons in 2000.[5]


The community of Snyder was established in Oklahoma Territory, just 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Mountain Park in 1902. The founder was Charles G. Jones of Oklahoma City, president of the Oklahoma City and Western Railroad,[a] who had a dispute with that municipality. Jones named the new town for Bryan Snyder, an employee of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway (Frisco), which ran north and south through the townsite.[6]

In 1905, a tornado hit Snyder and killed 113 people, including the superintendent of public schools. Fires in 1906 and 1909 destroyed most of the wooden buildings along Main Street. These were quickly replaced by brick buildings. By the time of statehood in 1907, Snyder had a population of 607 residents. The number grew to 1,122 in 1910.[6]


Snyder is located at 34°39′26″N 98°57′9″W / 34.65722°N 98.95250°W / 34.65722; -98.95250 (34.657246, -98.952535).[7] The city is at the junction of U.S. routes 62 and 183. It is also 28 miles (45 km) south of Hobart, 22 miles (35 km) east of Altus and 36 miles (58 km) west of Lawton.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Snyder has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,277[2]−8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,509 people, 607 households, and 398 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,190.6 people per square mile (458.8/km2). There were 761 housing units at an average density of 600.4 per square mile (231.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.49% White, 7.02% African American, 2.45% Native American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.64% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.21% of the population.

There were 607 households, out of which 31.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,295, and the median income for a family was $32,167. Males had a median income of $26,324 versus $17,386 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,188. About 21.5% of families and 25.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.6% of those under age 18 and 17.0% of those age 65 or over.


The economy of Snyder and the surrounding area is largely dependent on farming and ranching. Important crops are cotton, corn, wheat, and hay.[6]

Parks and recreation

Great Plains State Park, on Tom Steed Reservoir, is 6.9 miles north of town.[9][10]

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is 14.5 miles northeast.[9][10]

The scenic cobblestone community of Medicine Park[11] on Lake Lawtonka is 16.1 miles east-northeast.[9][10]

Lake Frederick is 18 miles south-southeast.[12]

Notable people

  • James V. McClintic, (1878-1948), was a politician, attorney and farmer who moved from Texas to Snyder in 1902. He served in a number of elective local and state offices, finally serving for ten terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1878-1948). Returned to Oklahoma to private law practice. Died near Chicago abord a train and was buried in Oklahoma City.[13]
  • Jack L. Treadwell (1919-1977), was a highly decorated career officer in the U.S. Army who was living in Snyder when he enlisted in 1941. He served in WWII and Vietnam retired with the rank of colonel in 1974. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 for his actions in Germany in April 1945.[6]


  1. ^ Charles G. Jones and Ed Overholtzer founded the Oklahoma City and Western Railroad, which was later acquired by the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway.

See also


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ CensusViewer:Snyder, Oklahoma Population
  6. ^ a b c d e Taylor, Ethel Crisp. "Snyder," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 2009. Accessed March 25, 2015.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Explore Snyder". Tripadvisor. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "Snyder, Oklahoma". Google Maps. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  11. ^ "Medicine Park". Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  12. ^ "Lake Frederick to Snyder". Google Maps. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "McClintic, James Vernon" (1878-1948), Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed April 16, 2018.

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