Skiatook is a beautiful town that is situated in the northeastern portion of Oklahoma. Straddling across the Tulsa and Osage counties, it is regarded as a suburb of the city of Tulsa. The town was founded by a Cherokee Chief called William C. Rogers in the year 1880 and since its establishment; it has grown steadily over the years to become one of the more affluent towns in the region.
Although the town of Skiatook has remained relatively small throughout it’s history, it has experienced consistent population growth. However, it did not attract many settlers when first established, and it only started to grow after it moved to its present location. By the early 1920s, it had a population of approximately 2,000 people, and a total of 50 businesses. A census that was conducted in 2000 revealed that there were close to 5,400 people and more than 1,400 families living in the town. In the space of just a decade, the town’s population had increased by 27.8%, numbering 6,897 people. The residents of the town consist of 3,187 males and 3,710 females, representing many different racial groups, including Caucasians (70.4%), Native Americans (18.5%), Biracial and Multiracial (8.7%), Hispanics (1.8%), African Americans (0.5%), Asians (0.2%); and Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (0.02%). Presently, Skiatook covers a total area of 14.6 square miles, and it has a population density of 472 people per square mile, which is considered low in the United States.
The median age of Skiatook’s residents is 32.5 years old. Among residents who are 15 years old and above, 18.6% were never married, 61.0% are married, 11.9% are divorced, and 7.7% are widowed. The average size of households in the town is 2.7 people, which is slightly higher than the state average of 2.5 people. Approximately 74% of the households are family households, and 4.7% are households with unmarried partners. Only 7 residents in the town are born in foreign countries. Among those who are above 25 years of age, 79.5% have completed high school or higher, 12.9% have earned Bachelor’s degrees or higher, 5.1% have attained professional or graduate degrees; and 5.7% are unemployed. Close to 40% of the residents have affiliation with religious congregations.
In the year 2009, Skiatook recorded a per capita income of $17,455 and had a median household income of $38,448, which is around $5,500 more than the amount recorded in 2000. About 12.9% of the residents earn income that is below poverty level. The construction industry employs the most number of men in the town, amounting to 16% of the total male population. This is followed by the metal and metal products industry (8%), air transportation industry (7%), building and garden materials and supplies dealerships (5%) quarrying, mining/gas/oil extraction industry (5%), truck transportation industry (4%); and broadcasting and telecommunications industry (4%). The most common industries among female residents are the healthcare industry (15%), educational service industry (12%), food and accommodation service industry (8%), finance and insurance industry (6%), department stores and general merchandise stores (5%); and professional, technical, and scientific service industry (5%).