Cimarron Co. Population Trouble - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

6.14.07

Cimarron Co. Population Trouble

The population in Cimarron County has been going down for nearly a decade.  Despite high traffic, the states largest school district, and cheap land, the county cannot keep its residents.

Newschannel 10 traveled to Boise City to find out why this Oklahoma county is struggling.  We spoke with county commissioners, school officials, and local merchants about the issue.

The popular opinion was that the county could not keep its graduates intact due to a lack of career opportunities.  Also, there is heavy traffic through the crossroads town, but no one seems to stop.

The county school system has gone from 694 students in 1995 to just 453 in 2006.

But there is hope for the county.  The Ports to Plains is scheduled to go through the county, and hotels and truck stops have shown interest in building. 

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