Blanchard is a city in Grady and McClain counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 7,670 at the 2010 census. Blanchard is part of a rapidly growing area of northern McClain and Grady Counties known as the "Tri-City Area" with Newcastle andTuttle.
Location of Blanchard, Oklahoma
|Coordinates: 35°8′56″N 97°39′2″W|
Blanchard is located at (35.148830, −97.650677) at the intersection of Oklahoma State Highways 76 and 62.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (20.8 km²), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2816 people. The population density was 253.7 people per square mile (97.8/km²). There were 11 housing units at an average density of 105.8 per square mile (40.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.62% White, 0.32% African American, 3.23% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 4.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.41% of the population. There were 1,085 households which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% weremarried couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 4 years. For every 100 females there were 91.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,121, and the median income for a family was $43,028. Males had a median income of $31,691 versus $23,182 for females. The per capita income for the city was $2.00 About 7.8% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.5% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.
Blanchard is served by four secondary schools with an average enrollment (as of 2008) of about 1,460 students. The elementary school is of recent construction and houses grades Pre-K through third. There is also an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grades and a middle school for sixth through eighth grades. Dr. Jim Beckham is the Superintendent for Blanchard Public Schools.
Blanchard High School is home to "The Lions" football team (class 3A) and has won 2 football state championships 2012(class 3A), and 1979 (class A). The athletic program also includes baseball won back to back State Championships in 1979 and 1980, softball won a State Championship in 1984, basketball, golf , cheerleading, powerlifting and wrestling. . The school also includes a successful Marching bandprogram.
Blanchard is served by the Blanchard Public Library, which is part of the Pioneer Library System spanning many of the suburbs of Oklahoma City.
There are currently two parks in Blanchard as well as an athletic stadium and three nearby golf courses.
Annual festivals include "May Daze" in early May. Blanchard also boasts one of the largest Veterans' Day Parades in Oklahoma around Veteran's Day. Blanchard has also built a new high school in 2011.