About Talihina

Talihina Population

Data from the 2000 population census place the Talihina population at 1,211 with 2.5% of the population of LeFlore County residing in Talihina.

Talihina Population By Race

In Talihina, 54.8% of the population is Caucasian, 1% is African American, 37.2% is Native American, and the remaining 7% is comprised of other races.

Labor Force

The LeFlore County labor force was 18,963 in 2000. Participation rate in the county labor force constitutes 63.26% of males and 45.94% of females. (Labor surveys have been completed in many labor markets throughout Oklahoma. For more information or a copy of the survey for this region, if available, please call our office at 405-815-5262).


The average January temperature in Talihina is 45 degrees Fahrenheit with a July temperature average of 80 degrees. The area receives an average of 52 inches of rain annually and 5 inches of snow. The average number of flying days is 347.

General Government

Talihina has a Board of Trustees type of government. There is a comprehensive city plan. The city provides garbage service and water, including rural water.

Public Safety

Talihina has 14 volunteer fire personnel and 5 full-time police officers and one reserve officer. The city’s fire insurance has an 8 classification while the adjacent area has a 9 classification.

Utility Providers

Utility services are provided primarily by the following carriers:
Electric – Public Service Co. of Oklahoma 1-888-216-3523
Rural Electric – Kiamichi Electric Co. 1-800-888-2731
Natural Gas – Arkansas-Louisiana Gas Co. 1-866-275-5265
Telephone – Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. 1-800-464-7928
Water, Sewer, Trash-Town of Talihina-918-567-2194

Sanitation and Sewage Treatment

Talihina has a discharging oxidation lagoon system of treatment. The city’s sewage treatment system is currently operating at approximately 11% of capacity.

Express and Motor Freight

There are approximately 8 motor freight companies serving Talihina on an as-needed basis. Express services include United Parcel Service, Film Transit and Federal Express.

Air Transportation

The nearest commercial airport is 70 miles from Talihina at Ft. Smith, Arkansas. This airport is a full service field with five airlines in operation.

Water Transportation

The nearest water transportation is the Port of Muskogee. It is 104 miles from Talihina and has a channel depth of 9 feet. It is connected via the Arkansas River to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.

Road System

Talihina is located at the intersection of US 271, SH 1, SH 63, and SH 82. The nearest interstate highway is I-40, approximately 74 miles to the north. The nearest Turnpike is Indian Nation approximately 50 miles to the west.

Bus Availability

Talihina has 1 bus carrier.


The city has 2 hotels/motels with more than 15 rooms. The largest banquet room in Talihina seats 325.
There are several cabins in the near vacinity of Talihina


Talihina has 594 dwellings; 63.1% are owner-occupied.

Places of Worship

Thirteen Protestant churches and 1 Catholic church are located in Talihina.


Talihina residents can choose from service from multiple companies for cable, dish television and broadband/dial-up Internet access.

Tax Structure

Talihina’s property tax rate is $89.18 per $1,000 assessed value for the year 1998-99. The fractional assessment percentage for real property is 11.00% and for personal property; 11.00%.

Sales Taxes

The city has a sales tax rate of 3.0%. In addition, the state levies a 4.5% tax rate on sales. LeFlore County levies a 0.5% sales tax.

Commercial Services

Within the city there is at least one machine shop. From the city the nearest tool and die services or electric and motor repair services are 39 miles.

Educational Resources

Talihina has 3 primary and secondary schools with approximately 580 students and 45 teachers. Eastern Oklahoma State College and Carl Albert State College support the Community. Kiamichi Technology Center is within 2 miles of the town.
There is a library in Talihina with nearly 15,700 volumes available to the residents.


Talihina has 60 miles of fiber optic cable with one point of presence available. There is one central office capable of digital switching.

Medical Facilities and Medical Practitioners

Talihina is home to 2 hospitals with 265 beds. There is 1 nursing home with 69 beds. Practicing in the Talihina area are 2 medical doctors, 1 dentist.

Financial Institutions

Talihina has one Non-Depository Lending Institution with assets totaling $42,920,169 as of Dec. 29, 1995.

Industrial Financing

The Oklahoma Finance Authorities (OFA) provide low interest financing through the issuance of general obligation bonds. The loans are established at 300 basis points over cost. In a first mortgage position the loan can be up to $1.25 million. Many Oklahoma counties have voted approval of General Obligation Limited-Tax Bonds for economic development. The amount of bonds the counties can issue is limited to no more than could be retired by a special tax levy of 5 mills. The proceeds of the bonds are generally used to acquire or build a facility associated with the development project. Lease income from the facility is used to amortize the bonds.

Other Community Information

Talihina is Oklahoma’s Village Between the Mountains. Also known as the gateway to the Talimena Scenic Drive & the Ouachita National Forest. In close proximity to Sardis and Clayton Lake.

Local Development Organization

Talihina Chamber of Commerce
Vera Nelson, Director
900 2nd St Suite 12, Talihina, Oklahoma 74571
Phone: 918-567-3434, Fax: 918-567-3388, Contact Form