Camargo, Oklahoma

Camargo is a town in Dewey County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 178 at the 2010 census, an increase of 54.8 percent from 115 at the 2000 census.[5]

Camargo, Oklahoma
Location of Camargo, Oklahoma
Location of Camargo, Oklahoma
Coordinates: 36°1′4″N 99°17′14″W / 36.01778°N 99.28722°W / 36.01778; -99.28722Coordinates: 36°1′4″N 99°17′14″W / 36.01778°N 99.28722°W / 36.01778; -99.28722
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
 • Land0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,939 ft (591 m)
 • Total178
 • Estimate 
 • Density701.55/sq mi (271.35/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)580
FIPS code40-11150[3]
GNIS feature ID1090826[4]


The area that became the present town of Camargo was part of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation until it was opened for non-Indian settlement on April 19, 1892. A Camargo post office was established on September 16, 1892. Two stories exist about the meaning of the town name. One claims that it was named for a town in Illinois, while the other claims Camargo meant "little dog" in the Cheyenne language.[6]

Farming and ranching sustained Camargo's early economy. The Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway (later the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway, or Katy) built a line in 1912 between Leedey and Forgan (in Beaver County that passed through Camargo. Bentonite was mined in the area and shipped on the railroad until the railroad ceased operating in 1972–3.[6]


Camargo is located at 36°1′4″N 99°17′14″W / 36.01778°N 99.28722°W / 36.01778; -99.28722 (36.017879, -99.287244).[7] It is approximately halfway between Leedey and Vici on State Highway 34.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2019181[2]1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 115 people, 57 households, and 33 families residing in the town. The population density was 466.6 people per square mile (177.6/km2). There were 85 housing units at an average density of 344.9 per square mile (131.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.13% White, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.74% of the population.

There were 57 households, out of which 22.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 42.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 20.9% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $32,083 versus $28,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,417. There were 20.6% of families and 24.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 20.0% of under eighteens and 46.7% of those over 64.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ CensusViewer:Camargo, Oklahoma Population.
  6. ^ a b c Wilson, Linda D. (2009). "Camargo". Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (online ed.). Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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