McAlester, Oklahoma Population 2024

18,057

McAlester is a city located in Pittsburg County Oklahoma. McAlester has a 2024 population of 18,057. It is also the county seat of Pittsburg County. McAlester is currently declining at a rate of -0.14% annually and its population has decreased by -0.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 18,159 in 2020.

The average household income in McAlester is $67,873 with a poverty rate of 24.08%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in McAlester is 36.3 years, 34.1 years for males, and 38.7 years for females.

McAlester Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of McAlester was:

  • White: 69.04%
  • Two or more races: 15.64%
  • Native American: 8%
  • Black or African American: 4.75%
  • Other race: 1.66%
  • Asian: 0.69%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Land Area (mi²)
17.8 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,014.50/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-0.56% (-102)
The current population of McAlester, Oklahoma is 18,057 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 18,159.

McAlester, Oklahoma Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White12,50469.04%
Two or more races2,83315.64%
Native American1,4498%
Black or African American8614.75%
Other race3011.66%
Asian1250.69%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander370.2%

White

Two or more races

Native American

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

McAlester Population by Race

McAlester Population Pyramid 2024

McAlester Median Age

36.3

Total

34.1

Male

38.7

Female

McAlester Adults

There are 13,907 adults, (2,839 of whom are seniors) in McAlester.

McAlester Age Dependency

63.6

Age Dependency Ratio

25.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38

Child Dependency Ratio

McAlester Sex Ratio

Female8,55647.24%
Male9,55452.76%

McAlester Population by Age

McAlester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All6,9702.3159.940.1
Married2,9002.9977.922.1
Non Family2,7981.24753
Female9863.184555
Male2863.3955.944.1

2.98

Average Family Size

2.31

Average Household Size

59.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

McAlester Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5974.84%
9th to 12th Grade1,43411.61%
High School Graduate4,31834.97%
Some College2,51020.33%
Associates Degree1,0738.69%
Bachelors Degree1,57612.76%
Graduate Degree8396.8%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

McAlester Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

McAlester Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White8,6427,5071,932
2+ Races1,4651,152254
Native American848650120
Black71356142
Hispanic70241965
Other Race21115613
Asian88678
Islander1500

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 86.87%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 22.36%.

McAlester Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Overall$40,854$51,647$31,139
Less Than 9th Grade$22,563$40,938$15,313
High School Graduate$34,696$42,121$24,238
Some College$41,030$46,071$35,357
Bachelors Degree$45,202$72,955$41,473
Graduate Degree$61,786$70,688$58,281

$40,854

Average Earnings

$51,647

Average Male

$31,139

Average Female

McAlester Earnings by Educational Attainment

McAlester Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

McAlester Language

93.91% of McAlester residents speak only English, while 6.09% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.19% of the population.

McAlester Language

McAlester Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White10,8792,29421.09%
Multiple2,44586135.21%
Hispanic1,22544636.41%
Native1,33323817.85%
Black38718748.32%
Asian1135044.25%
Islander3737100%
Other261145.36%

24.08%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.98%

Male Poverty Rate

24.17%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McAlester

The race most likely to be in poverty in McAlester is Islander, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in McAlester is Other, with 5.36% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5%. Among those working part-time, it was 30.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.45%.

McAlester Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade42.53%
High School23.68%
Some College14.82%
Bachelors or Greater4.71%

McAlester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed46.46%
Male Unemployed30.12%
Male Employed12.09%
Female Employed12.07%

McAlester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

McAlester Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Households$46,875$67,873
Families$63,434$84,608
Married Families$82,765$-999,999,999
Non Families$27,990$40,067

mean

median

Income by Household Type

McAlester Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.3%

Male Marriage Rate

41.8%

Female Marriage Rate

McAlester Married by Age and Sex

male

female

McAlester Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

McAlester Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

McAlester Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,339

Number of Veterans

1,174

Male Veterans

165

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam458
First Gulf War415
Second Gulf War398
Korea63
World War II16

McAlester Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 54365
55 to 64303
65 to 74284
75+237
18 to 34150

McAlester Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White1,10311.13%
2+ Races1106.26%
Hispanic546.27%
Native American474.48%
Other Race4218.5%
Black374.44%

McAlester Veterans by Race

McAlester Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

9.4%

Veteran Poverty Rate

59.44%

Veteran Disability Rate

McAlester Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

52.6%

Labor Force Participation

48.2%

Employment Rate

8%

Unemployment Rate

McAlester Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

McAlester Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

McAlester Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

64.95%

Born in McAlester

97.43%

Native Born

2.57%

Foreign Born

1.86%

Non Citizen

0.71%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.43% of McAlester residents were born in the United States, with 64.95% having been born in Oklahoma. 1.86% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

McAlester Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202917,929-26-0.14%
202817,955-25-0.14%
202717,980-26-0.14%
202618,006-25-0.14%
202518,031-26-0.14%
202418,057-25-0.14%
202318,082-26-0.14%
202218,108-28-0.15%
202118,136-23-0.13%
202018,1593201.79%
201917,839-107-0.6%
201817,946-153-0.85%
201718,099-92-0.51%
201618,191-75-0.41%
201518,266-1-0.01%
201418,267-162-0.88%
201318,429-44-0.24%
201218,473-77-0.42%
201118,5501550.84%
201018,3956123.44%
200017,7831,4138.63%
199016,370-885-5.13%
198017,255-1,547-8.23%
197018,8021,3837.94%
196017,419-459-2.57%
195017,8785,47744.17%
194012,4015975.06%
193011,8041,17211.02%
192010,632-1,142-9.7%
191011,77400%
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McAlester Population by Year