Howe is a town in Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States. It is part of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 802 at the 2010 census, a gain of 15.1 percent from 697 at the 2000 census. The town was once noted for producing coal and coke. Now its economy is mainly supported by agriculture.
Howe is located at 34°57′5″N 94°38′13″W / 34.95139°N 94.63694°W / 34.95139; -94.63694 (34.951369, -94.636980).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km), all of it land. it is 8 miles (13 km) north of Heavener and 7 miles (11 km) south of Poteau.
As of the census of 2000, there were 697 people, 243 households, and 178 families residing in the town. The population density was 449.0 people per square mile (173.6/km²). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 184.9 per square mile (71.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 78.77% White, 0.43% African American, 8.03% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 3.59% from other races, and 8.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.88% of the population.
There were 243 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the town, the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $25,326, and the median income for a family was $28,194. Males had a median income of $20,724 versus $19,167 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,636. About 19.4% of families and 26.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.4% of those under age 18 and 30.9% of those age 65 or over.