The Least Populated Towns That Still Exist in Oklahoma
Looking around Oklahoma's 77,000 square miles, it's easy to miss out on all of the small towns that dot the land.
Sure, we know most of the bigger towns by heart but the smallest of them all are only known because someone like me Googled it.
Oklahoma is comprised of 77 counties in the Sooner State that are home to 835 settlements, cities, and towns. These are the ten smallest in the state.
I'll be honest, even I think it's weird that I once knew someone from Hitchcock. It's a tiny little community on the other side of Okeene in Northwest Oklahoma. It's also a newcomer to the "smallest towns in OK" list.
According to US Census data, Hitchcock had 141 residents in 2000; 121 residents in 2010; and in 2020 that number plummeted to just 9.
If you've ever heard the Emergency Broadcast System fire off a storm warning in Southwest Oklahoma, odds are you've heard of Cooperton. It's a sprawling city of just under half a square mile Northwest of Lawton over in Kiowa County.
By the census data, Cooperton was a town of 20 in 2000; 16 people in 2010; and only 7 people as of 2020. If you've ever driven through, it's hard to picture how big it used to be. At one point, almost 200 people lived there.
Selman was a boom town that sprang up in the 1920s when it was to become a rail destination for the farmers of the region. Spoiler, it didn't grow as everyone anticipated and the rail line quickly disolved after only a few years. Tied with Selman, only 7 people remain in Selman.
Blink and you'll miss it, Lotsee is a house and a barn off Highway 51 west of Tulsa, but the community is about 2000 acres of ranch land. Literally, the town of Lotsee is the Flying G Ranch.
It has grown and shrunk over time and the founder's daughter still lives on the property (according to Wikipedia). They have no intention to dissolve the townsite even though it's technically a homestead. The population has actually grown since the 2010 Census, six people call it home as of 2020.
Lambert was a town that grew out of a land-run claim when the government opened up the Cherokee Strip long before Oklahoma became a state. It's pretty unique among Oklahoma towns since it has existed in two different counties without ever moving the townsite.
At its peak in the 1920s, it was a railroad boom town that had a hotel, bank, elevator (grain), a post office, and 127 residents. In stark contrast, only 6 Oklahomans still call it home as of the 2020 census.
While Lovell was once a tight-knit community based around agriculture, it still remains classified as a town according to the US Census Bureau. Shockingly, while 28 people still lived there in 2010, only 6 remain as defined in the last census.
Loveland is a small little town down in Southwest Oklahoma that isn't really close to anywhere in particular. Rumor has it people used to drive from all over to send their Valentine's Day cards from here just so they could have the Loveland postmark. While the town was home to 15 people in 2010, it has dwindled to just 6 as of 2020.
Kenton is the westernmost town in Oklahoma, way out in the Panhandle. In fact, it's closer to Denver than it is to Oklahoma City. Known as a destination for Black Mesa and stargazing, there's a surprising amount of tourism that happens in this tiny town. Population 4.
Quinlan's claim to fame was that it was once a stop on the Sante Fe Railroad. Like most small Oklahoma communities, it's still pretty rural surrounded by farms and ranches. While 9 people called it home in 2010, the population is only 4 according to the latest census.
As an old town that was once a stopover for cattle drivers on the Chisholm Trail, Jefferson's population is in such steep decline, it has the lowest population of Oklahoma's 835 towns.
Generational families on homesteads kept it alive for the 20th century, but the population of 37 people in 2000 has seen a massive change in the last twenty years. Two people remain according to the last census.
As with pretty much anything and everything you read online, the locals in some of these towns might argue with this information, but it's the latest our government has compiled. You can see the full population report here.