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Welcome to McAlester ...

The city of McAlester is located in Pittsburg County<1> (at the time of its founding, McAlester was located in Indian Territory) and is the County Seat for Pittsburg County.

When the people of McAlester refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use McAlesterite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, McAlester has a population of 17,839 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of McAlester.

McAlester is 710 feet [216 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: McAlester lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for McAlester: (918) & (539)<5>

The ZIP code for McAlester: 74501<6>

Websites for McAlester ...

Official Website:   www.cityofmcalester.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.mcalester.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, McAlester had an population of 17,839 people. This is a decrease of 2.96% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.31% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, McAlester had a population of 18,383 people (which is 40.11% of the total population of Pittsburg County). This makes McAlester the county's most populous community.

The population of McAlester represents 0.49% of the population of Oklahoma (which has 3,751,351 people), making it the state's 26th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 18,383 people, the population of McAlester increased 3.37% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 17,783 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for McAlester.

Communities near McAlester ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near McAlester.

  • Hartshorne [Pittsburg County]
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    • Hartshorne [Pittsburg County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the southeast of McAlester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,945 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartshorne
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hartshorne<8>
  • Haileyville [Pittsburg County]
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    • Haileyville [Pittsburg County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southeast of McAlester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 746 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Haileyville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Haileyville<8>
  • Kiowa [Pittsburg County]
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    • Kiowa [Pittsburg County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the southwest of McAlester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 676 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kiowa
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kiowa<8>
  • Savanna [Pittsburg County]
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    • Savanna [Pittsburg County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the southwest of McAlester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 649 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Savanna
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Savanna<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Crowder [Pittsburg County]
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      • Crowder [Pittsburg County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the northeast of McAlester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 402 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crowder have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crowder
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crowder<8>
    • Canadian [Pittsburg County]
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      • Canadian [Pittsburg County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the north of McAlester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 203 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canadian have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canadian
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canadian<8>
    • Pittsburg [Pittsburg County]
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      • Pittsburg [Pittsburg County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the south of McAlester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 197 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pittsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pittsburg<8>
    • Stuart [Hughes County]
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      • Stuart [Hughes County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the west of McAlester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 163 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Stuart<8>
    • Indianola [Pittsburg County]
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      • Indianola [Pittsburg County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the north of McAlester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 150 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Indianola have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Indianola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Indianola<8>
    • Hanna [McIntosh County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hanna
      • Hanna [McIntosh County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the north of McAlester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 132 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hanna have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hanna
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hanna<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around McAlester. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for McAlester.

We have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around McAlester. Our list includes 20 papers. See our Newspapers Page for McAlester.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for McAlester ...

Looking for more information about McAlester? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for McAlester, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for McAlester.

Adding McAlester to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of McAlester in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for McAlester was on a map titled Map of Oklahoma (from Rand McNally, 1911).

We also found McAlester on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1922).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for McAlester on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Oklahoma

About Pittsburg County

About Oklahoma

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for McAlester: www.cityofmcalester.com/

The official website for State of Oklahoma: https://www.ok.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Oklahoma's counties, including Pittsburg, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of McAlester refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of McAlester may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for McAlester.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around McAlester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (539) is an overlay for area code (918).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as McAlester). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether McAlester or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- McAlester) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for McAlester. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from McAlesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in McAlester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.9335, Longitude: -95.7702    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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