McAlester, Oklahoma Population 2021

17,570
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McAlester is a city located in Pittsburg County Oklahoma. It is also the county seat of Pittsburg County. With a 2020 population of 17,570, it is the 30th largest city in Oklahoma and the 2061st largest city in the United States . McAlester is currently declining at a rate of -0.69% annually and its population has decreased by -4.42% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 18,383 in 2010. McAlester reached it's highest population of 18,802 in 1970. Spanning over 16 miles, McAlester has a population density of 1,085 people per square mile.

The average household income in McAlester is $62,428 with a poverty rate of 19.49%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $730 per month, and the median house value is $101,600. The median age in McAlester is 35.8 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: 72.75%
  • Two or more races: 14.05%
  • Native American: 5.96%
  • Black or African American: 5.00%
  • Other race: 1.51%
  • Asian: 0.61%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of McAlester, Oklahoma is 17,570 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 17,936.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 18,383.

McAlester, Oklahoma Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202143,222-216-0.50%
202043,438-216-0.50%
201943,654-216-0.49%
201843,870-284-0.65%
201744,154-181-0.41%
201644,335-381-0.86%
201544,716-131-0.29%
201444,847-420-0.94%
201345,267-277-0.61%
201245,544-173-0.38%
201145,717-78-0.17%
201045,7950.00%

McAlester Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,12872.75%
Two or More Races2,53514.05%
American Indian and Alaska Native1,0755.96%
Black or African American9025.00%
Some Other Race2731.51%
Asian1100.61%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander220.12%
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McAlester Population by Race

McAlester Population Pyramid $2021

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McAlester Median Age

35.8


Total

34.1


Male

38.7


Female

McAlester Adults

There are 13,876 adults, (3,017 of whom are seniors) in McAlester.

McAlester Age Dependency

66.2

Age Dependency Ratio

27.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.4

Child Dependency Ratio

McAlester Sex Ratio

Female

8,462

46.89%

Male

9,583

53.11%

McAlester Population by Age

McAlester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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McAlester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.5%22.5%
All61.4%38.6%
Non Family53.4%46.6%
Female41.6%58.4%
Male41.6%58.4%

61.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

McAlester Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All6,9362.3261.4
Married2,9403.1177.5
Non Family2,7261.1453.4
Female8492.9941.6
Male4212.9741.6

2.98

Average Family Size

2.32

Average Household Size

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McAlester Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade5044.06%
9th to 12th Grade1,31610.60%
High School Graduate4,46035.91%
Some College2,95923.83%
Associates Degree1,0848.73%
Bachelors Degree1,37811.10%
Graduate Degree7185.78%
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McAlester Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

McAlester Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White8,8347,8081,701
2+ Races1,3141,042155
Hispanic85256784
Black77163745
Native American65552295
Other Race18514414
Asian908819
Islander2222

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 21.11%.

McAlester Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,211$44,335$25,731
Less Than 9th Grade$21,771$41,184$13,902
High School Graduate$28,463$32,240$23,286
Some College$33,204$44,063$24,784
Bachelors Degree$47,983$65,938$37,865
Graduate Degree$61,328$64,485$58,611

$33,211

Average Earnings

$44,335

Average Male

$25,731

Average Female

McAlester Earnings by Educational Attainment

McAlester Language by Age

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McAlester Language

92.84% of McAlester residents speak only English, while 7.16% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.87% of the population.

McAlester Language

McAlester Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,3061,91816.96%
Multiple2,27860526.56%
Hispanic1,24733426.78%
Native88319822.42%
Black52811621.97%
Other2118238.86%
Islander2222100.00%
Asian991717.17%

19.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.22%

Male Poverty Rate

20.72%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in McAlester

The race most likely to be in poverty in McAlester is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in McAlester is White, with 16.96% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.10%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.05%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.98%.

McAlester Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade38.12%
High School22.50%
Some College14.40%
Bachelors or Greater2.54%

McAlester Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed44.60%
Female Unemployed34.70%
Female Employed11.34%
Male Employed10.06%

McAlester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

McAlester Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$43,879$62,428
Families$56,757$76,994
Married Families$70,350-
Non Families$24,745$37,055
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Income by Household Type

McAlester Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

44.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.1%

Male Marriage Rate

45.4%

Female Marriage Rate

McAlester Married by Age and Sex

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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 35-44.

McAlester Marital Status by Race

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McAlester Marital Status

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1,412

Number of Veterans

1,272

Male Veterans

140

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War436
Vietnam343
Second Gulf War320
Korea117
World War II70

McAlester Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54401
75+352
55 to 64286
65 to 74195
18 to 34178

McAlester Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,12711.03%
2+ Races1458.95%
Native American567.01%
Black566.67%
Hispanic556.20%
Other Race2813.73%

McAlester Veterans by Race

McAlester Veterans by Education

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9.28%

Veteran Poverty Rate

45.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

McAlester Veterans by Education

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52.5%

Labor Force Participation

48.4%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

McAlester Employment by Age

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McAlester Employment by Race

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McAlester Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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62.12%

Born in McAlester

96.29%

Native Born

3.71%

Foreign Born

2.96%

Non Citizen

0.74%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.29% of McAlester residents were born in the United States, with 62.12% having been born in Oklahoma. 2.96% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202117,570-122-0.69%
202017,692-122-0.68%
201917,814-122-0.68%
201817,936-135-0.75%
201718,071-80-0.44%
201618,151-97-0.53%
201518,248-4-0.02%
201418,252-164-0.89%
201318,416-48-0.26%
201218,464-74-0.40%
201118,5381540.84%
201018,3846010.33%
200017,7831,4130.83%
199016,370-885-0.53%
198017,255-1,547-0.85%
197018,8021,3830.77%
196017,419-459-0.26%
195017,8785,4773.73%
194012,4015970.49%
193011,8041,1721.05%
192010,632-1,142-1.02%
191011,7740.00%

McAlester Population by Year