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McAlester is a city in Pittsburg County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for John J. McAlester, merchant, coal producer and lieutenant governor.

The latitude of McAlester is 34.933N. The longitude is -95.769W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 735 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 17,870.


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Median household income
Local
$28,631
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our McAlester demographic reports
The McAlester Army Ammunition Plant makes almost every nonnuclear bomb used by the American military.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 56. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 3.2 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Reba McEntire, country singer
· John Berryman, poet
· Carl Albert, speaker of the House
Local festivals include:
  • Pittsburg County Free Fair - Sept. 6-8, 2007
  • Bluegrass Festival - June 6-9, 2007
  • Italian Festival - May 26-27, 2007
Dates often change. Check McAlester web sites and events links in the sections below.
Colleges and universities: Dixon College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about McAlester demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Pittsburg County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 74554 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of McAlester residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the McAlester ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in McAlester was $16,694, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

15% of McAlester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
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Housing & real estate

Median rent in McAlester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $303.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $571.


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Libraries in McAlester include McAlester Public Library, Southeastern Public Library System of Okla ... View libraries

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Newspapers in McAlester include McAlester News-Capital & Democrat

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Pittsburg County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our McAlester political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for McAlester workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in McAlester between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in McAlester include Best Western Inn of McAlester, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn Express.

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