Hugo, Oklahoma

Hugo, Oklahoma, is one of the few cities in the US that contains a thriving Indian American Community. This city dates back to the early colonial period when settlers and Indians worked together to build this town.

Geography And Climate Of Hugo

Hugo is a city in southern Oklahoma and the seat of the Choctaw county. It is located on the brink of the Kiamichi Mountains. Only 9 miles to the south is the Texas state line. The city covers an area of 6.42 square miles, of which only 0.02 square miles is water. Several lakes border the town, such as Hugo Lake from the northeast and Roebuck lake from the south. The Kiamichi River and the Red River are nearby, with channels going through the edges of the town. The city has an elevation of 545 feet above sea level.

Lake Hugo near Hugo, Oklahoma.

As for the climate, it is continental, with scorching summers and freezing winters. The skies are partly covered with clouds almost all year round. The hot season usually lasts for about three months and a half, with temperatures soaring to 100°F. This can be unbearable for the residents or the tourists. Contrary to the summer, the winters are cold, with temperatures dropping to 21°F. The cool season is shorter and only lasts for 3 months, between November and February.Rainfalls are frequent throughout the year, with May being the rainiest. It is scarce that snow precipitation occurs in Hugo. 

Demographics Of Hugo 

Hugo's population reached 5,114 by 2020, with 98% of the citizens born inside the country. Males constitute 53% of the community, while females form 47%. The median age is 35.7, with males having a median age of 34.2 and females 38.9 years.The white ethnicity form 55% of the population, followed by the African American with 21%. Hugo is also home to a prosperous Native Indian American, making up 12% of the population. 

Economy Of Hugo 

Hugo's economy employs over 1,500 people. The top employer in the town is the health care, retail, and manufacturing industries. The industries that offer the highest incomes are Scientific and technical services with $57,031 as an annual salary, followed by transportation with $55,375. The median annual income is about $24,548, much lower than the national average of $65,712. It is common for the people of Hugo to work in the Food services industry, office administration, and transportation. This is not encouraging for outsiders who wish to choose this city as their home.  

History Of Hugo 

In the 1830s and under the Indian Removal policy, the United States relocated the Choctaw and other Indian tribes from the Mississippi River to this region. The Choctaw allied with the confederate forces during the civil war. However, the US authorities formed a peace treaty with these tribes when the war ended on the condition they abide by the laws of slave emancipation. The city was then named after a famous French Violinist Victor Hugo. Later, Hugo started to rise as a commercial center for the peanut business. A railroad was constructed to help the town and connected several significant cities in Oklahoma. 1901 was the first initial formation of the city.1993 was a year of tragedies. The town witnessed a violent fatal shootout inside one of its mall's parking lots. Another fire incident occurred in its fire district, where five buildings were burnt for hours. The buildings were fully restored, and the city was again a welcoming community for visitors or those who sought a new home. It took years for the city to forget about the shootings and start to rise again economically.  

Attractions In Hugo 

Locals and tourists can find several exciting and fun activities in Hugo. The city is dubbed Circus City USA because of several recurring circuses passing by or located in the town. Hugo's Mount Olivet Cemetery honors men and women dedicated to entertaining the American people over the many years. For history lovers, the Frisco Depot Museum is the place to be. It showcases the old rail lines and their historical value to the state community. Outdoor people are always welcome to play golf at the Hugo Golf Course. Endangered Ark FoundationThe EAF offers an up-close experience with Asian elephants brought in as of spring 2022. The herd is the second largest in America, with 13 female trumpeting elephants and three male ones.