Paden, Oklahoma

According to campingship, Paden, Oklahoma is located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, near the Arkansas border. It is a small town with a population of just over 1,000 people. The geography of Paden is mostly flat with some rolling hills and a few small creeks running through it. The climate in Paden is generally mild with hot summers and cold winters. The history of Paden dates back to around 1887 when the first settlement was established by settlers from Arkansas and Tennessee.

Politics in Paden are dominated by the Republican party, as most of the population are registered Republicans. The economy in Paden is largely based on agriculture and cattle ranching, but there are also some light manufacturing jobs available at local factories.

Schools in Paden are served by two school districts: Paden Public Schools and Poteau Public Schools. Both districts offer excellent educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through high school. There are also several private schools located within the city limits for those seeking an alternative education option.

One of the most well-known landmarks in Paden is the historic St John Baptist Church which was built in 1891 and still stands today as a reminder of the city’s rich history. Other landmarks include several museums, parks, and other attractions that are popular among visitors to the area.

Population: 446. Estimated population in July 2020: 430 (-3.6% change)
Males: 210 (47.1%), Females: 236 (52.9%)

Okfuskee County

Zip code: 74860

Median resident age: 35.2 years
Median household income: $27,321
Median house value: $41,900

Races in Paden:

  • White Non-Hispanic (75.8%)
  • American Indian (23.1%)
  • Two or more races (7.6%)
  • Hispanic (0.9%)

Ancestries: United States (15.5%), English (7.8%), German (7.0%), Irish (3.8%), Dutch (2.5%), Scotch-Irish (1.3%).

Elevation: 990 feet

Land area: 0.5 square miles


Paden, Oklahoma is a small town located in Okfuskee County. As of the 2020 census, the population was 558. The majority of the population is White, making up 84.3% of the total population. Other ethnicities include Black or African American (12.9%), Hispanic or Latino (1.1%), Asian (0.5%), and Native American (0.5%). The median age in Paden is 32 years old, with roughly half of the population between 25 and 44 years old while 10% are under 18 years old and 12% are 65 years or older. The median household income in Paden is $30,167, which is lower than both the state and national average incomes. Additionally, 18% of residents live below the poverty line compared to 14% statewide and 13% nationwide.

As for education levels in Paden, 77% of adults over 25 have a high school diploma or equivalent as their highest level of education achieved while only 8% have a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 30% statewide and 33% nationwide. The majority of employment comes from agriculture-related jobs such as farming and ranching which makes up 20%, followed by manufacturing at 16%, retail at 15%, healthcare at 10%, construction at 8%, transportation at 6%, and other services at 5%. There are also several small businesses located in Paden that provide additional employment opportunities for locals such as restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, and barbershops among others.

For population 25 years and over in Paden

  • High school or higher: 73.5%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 8.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.6%
  • Unemployed: 4.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 25.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Paden town

  • Never married: 16.0%
  • Now married: 66.0%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 10.4%
  • Divorced: 7.1%

0.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +40 (+9.9%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Paden:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Paden:

  • STILLWATER RGNL (about 57 miles; STILLWATER, OK; Abbreviation: SWO)
  • TINKER AFB (about 57 miles; OKLAHOMA CITY, OK; Abbreviation: TIK)
  • TULSA INTL (about 67 miles; TULSA, OK; Abbreviation: TUL)

Other public-use airports nearest to Paden:

  • PRAGUE MUNI (about 11 miles; PRAGUE, OK; Abbreviation: O47)
  • SEMINOLE MUNI (about 18 miles; SEMINOLE, OK; Abbreviation: H45)
  • STROUD MUNI (about 20 miles; STROUD, OK; Abbreviation: SUD)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Paden:

  • OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN CAMPUS (about 50 miles; STILLWATER, OK; Full-time enrollment: 16,937)
  • EAST CENTRAL UNIVERSITY (about 51 miles; ADA, OK; Full-time enrollment: 3,429)
  • LANGSTON UNIVERSITY (about 57 miles; LANGSTON, OK; Full-time enrollment: 2,324)
  • ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY (about 57 miles; TULSA, OK; Full-time enrollment: 3,309)
  • ROSE STATE COLLEGE (about 58 miles; MIDWEST CITY, OK; Full-time enrollment: 4,067)
  • TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 61 miles; TULSA, OK; Full-time enrollment: 8,727)
  • UNIVERSITY OF TULSA (about 62 miles; TULSA, OK; Full-time enrollment: 3,760)


Public high school in Paden:

  • PADEN HS (Students: 82; Location: 10TH & ELM; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle school in Paden:

  • PADEN ES (Students: 201; Location: 10TH AND ELM; Grades: PK – 08)

Paden, Oklahoma