is a city in Hughes County
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, United States
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. The population was 1,451 at the 2000 census. It is the headquarters for two federally recognized tribes, the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town
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and the Kialegee Tribal Town
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. It is the home of the World Famous Sucker Day, held every year on the last Saturday in September.
Wetumka is located at 35°14′20"N 96°14′23"W (35.238849, -96.239851).
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²) of it is land and 0.52% is water.
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 1,451 people, 591 households, and 346 families residing in the city. The population density
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was 760.8 people per square mile (293.3/km²). There were 700 housing units at an average density of 367.0 per square mile (141.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 58.37% White, 5.65% African American, 31.63% Native American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races
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, and 4.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.
There were 591 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.4% were married couples
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living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.3% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.06.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $17,000.00, and the median income for a family was $21,645. Males had a median income of $18,194 versus $14,091 for females. The per capita income
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for the city was $9,455. About 31.3% of families and 39.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.4% of those under age 18 and 29.8% of those age 65 or over.
Wetumka was conned by a man named F. Bam Morrison in 1950, and the town laughs about it each year through a celebration called Sucker Day.
Famous people from Wetumka include:
- John Herrington
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- Jess Goodspeed Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductee