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Moore is a city in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States and is part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

The population was 55,081 at the 2010 census, making it the seventh largest city in the state of Oklahoma.


1 History

1.1 Damage from tornadoes

1.1.1 1999 tornado 1.1.2 2013 tornado

2 Geography 3 Demographics 4 Education 5 Media 6 Moore Veterans Memorial 7 Notable people 8 References 9 External links

History [edit]
This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section byadding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2013) Moore was founded during the land-run of 1889. The early settlers came on train, horseback, wagons, and some, on foot. According to local historians, the town's original name was Verbeck as designated by the railroad company. However, a railroad employee named Al Moore, reported to be either a conductor or a brakeman, lived in a boxcar at the camp and had difficulty receiving his mail. He painted his name"Moore"on a board and nailed it on the boxcar. When a postmaster was appointed, he continued to call the settlement Moore. When the town incorporated in 1893, it used the name Moore. The original town site comprised a small area bounded by the present NE 3rd Street on the north and SE 4th Street on the south; the eastern limit was situated about one and a half blocks east of the railroad and the western edge about two and a half blocks west of the railroad. In 1961 approximately 21.6 square miles (56 km ) of additional territory was annexed and Moore became a city in 1962. The decade of the 60s saw Moore's population soar. The 1970 census showed an increase of more than 950% for a total of 18,761. The 1980 Census recorded 35,063

residents - an 86% growth rate. Moore's population continued to grow during the 80s, with the 1990 Census indicating a 15% increase to 40,318. The 2000 census listed Moore's population as 41,138. The 2010 population was 55,086.

Damage from tornadoes [edit]

The city of Moore was damaged by significant tornadoes on October 4, 1998; May 3, 1999; May 8, 2003; May 10, 2010; and May 20, 2013. Moore is located in Tornado Alley, a colloquial term for the area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent. About twenty tornadoes occurred [5] within or in the immediate vicinity of Moore from 1890 to 2013.

1999 tornado [edit]

Main article: 1999 Bridge Creek Moore tornado The May 3, 1999 tornado that hit Moore, which was rated an F5 on the Fujita scale, was the most [6] costly tornado in history at the time (not adjusted for changes in inflation and population). The tornado, which occurred during the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak, had an approximate recorded wind speed of 318 mph (512 km/h) as sampled by mobile Doppler radar, the highest wind speed ever recorded on Earth. It left a swath of destruction over 1 mile (1.6 km) wide at times, and 38 miles (60 km) long. It killed a total of 36 people in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. This was the deadliest F5 tornado recorded since the Delhi, Louisiana tornado in 1971 until this mark was eclipsed by several tornadoes in 2011.

2013 tornado [edit]

2013 tornado southwest of Moore

Main article: 2013 Moore tornado On May 20, 2013, parts of Moore and neighboring Newcastle and southern Oklahoma City, were [7] affected by a violent tornado. Classified as an EF5 tornado, it had estimated wind speeds of 200[8][9] 210 mph, a maximum width of 1.3 miles, and a path length of 17 miles. Entire subdivisions were destroyed; the tornado also struck Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools in Moore, while school was in session. As of the night of May 20, the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's office reported [10][11] [12] that 24 people were killed and that the death toll was expected to rise.

Geography [edit]

Moore is located at 352020N 972915W (35.338813, -97.487584). According to the United 2 States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.9 square miles (56.7 km ), of which, 21.7 2 2 square miles (56.2 km ) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km ) is water.


Demographics [edit]
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Est. 2011



U.S. Decennial Census


As of the census of 2000, there were 41,138 people, 14,848 households, and 11,566 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,892.8 people per square mile (730.9/km). There were 15,801 housing units at an average density of 727.0 per square mile (280.8/km). The racial makeup of the city was 84.63% White, 2.92% Black, 4.14% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.75% from other races, and 4.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.10% of the population. There were 14,848 households out of which 41.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.1% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.75 and the average family size was 3.13. In the city the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $43,409, and the median income for a family was $47,773. Males had a median income of $33,394 versus $24,753 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,689. About 6.3% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


Education [edit]
Moore Public Schools has 3 high schools: Moore, Southmoore, Westmoore; 5 junior high schools: Brink, Central, Highland East, Highland West, Moore West; and 22 elementary schools: Apple Creek, Briarwood, Broadmoore, Bryant, Earlywine, Eastlake, Fairview, Fisher, Heritage Trails, Houchin, Kelley, Kingsgate, Northmoor, Oakridge, Plaza Towers, Red Oak, Santa Fe, Sky Ranch, Sooner, Southgate-Rippetoe, Wayland Bonds and Winding Creek. On May 20, 2013, while classes were in progress, several of Moore's schools were damaged or destroyed by the 2013 Moore Tornado.

Media [edit]
Two media outlets focus on the Moore community. Moore Monthly publishes a free monthly print publication while its website provides daily stories and videos about Moore, Norman and south Oklahoma City. The other media outlet is the Moore American.

Moore Veterans Memorial [edit]

The City of Moore has funded the construction of a memorial to honor America's veterans and their families. The City renamed JD Estates Park to Veterans Memorial Park and at the entrance to that park, a memorial is being constructed.

The main feature of the memorial is a 15' black, granite obelisk that has the following inscription on it "May this hallowed ground honor the sacrifice of America's finest veterans, civilians, and their families- past, present, and future. We will never forget." Another major feature of the memorial are five black, granite tablets with the seal of the five branches of the service. At the center of the memorial is a flag plaza with a 30' foot pole for the American flag and two 25' poles for the Oklahoma flag and the POW/MIA flag. The flag plaza is surrounded by a polished concrete walking area with a stained 5 pointed star stretching the entire width and height of the walking area. The memorial also features beautiful landscaping. A committee was formed to plan the second phase of the Moore Veterans Memorial. A campaign to sell bricks to be placed in the memorial was completed in early 2009. Over 190 bricks were purchased by supporters from the community and surrounding areas. The bricks were placed in the Memorial Wall and Phase II completed in May 2009. The Soldiers' Memorial was dedicated on May 15, 2010. It