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Template:Infobox settlement Slaughterville is a town in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, United States, located in and a part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The population of Slaughterville was 3,609 at the 2000 census.

GeographyEdit

Slaughterville is located at Template:Coord (35.083584, -97.286945)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.3 square miles (99.1 km²), of which, 38.1 square miles (98.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.39%) is water.

DemographicsEdit

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 3,609 people, 1,279 households, and 1,002 families residing in the town. The population density was 94.7 people per square mile (36.6/km²). There were 1,419 housing units at an average density of 37.2 per square mile (14.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 84.90% White, 0.69% African American, 5.60% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 7.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.05% of the population.

There were 1,279 households out of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 17.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 100.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,815, and the median income for a family was $39,458. Males had a median income of $32,359 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,511. About 11.1% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Approximately 6% of Slaughterville's residents live in the Noble Estates mobile home park, the single largest housing development in the Town.

PETA takes issue with "Slaughterville"Edit

Slaughterville, OK was named after a grocery store run by James Slaughter in the early 20th century. That name was the subject of controversy in 2004 when People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) asked Slaughterville administrator Marsha Blair to rename the town.

"I am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, our 800,000 members and supporters, and other compassionate Americans to ask Slaughterville to change its name — which conjures up images of the violent and bloody deaths of terrified chickens, pigs and cows — to Veggieville, a friendly name honoring a heart-healthy and compassionate alternative to animal corpses," the letter said. PETA promised to donate $20,000 in veggie burgers to the town school district. However, the town does not have a school district all its own.

Members of Slaughterville's town council amicably heard presentations by members of PETA before voting against the suggestion. More than a dozen people at the standing room only meeting offered opinions on why the town should keep its name. Even with negotiations of stray animal shelters, or a spay/neuter program for low-income Slaughterville residents, the town still rejected the request. PETA, in effort to win the town over, gave away free veggie burgers and information about the vegan lifestyle before the town council meeting. The citizens of Slaughterville voiced their opinion by serving free hot dogs and brandishing signs that read, "Beef: it's what's for dinner."

Slaughterville & PETA in the newsEdit

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