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Tekoa was first settled in 1886 by David A. Huffman and George T. Huffman. The townsite was platted in 1888 and was named after the Biblical town.
Tekoa was incorporated in 1889 with just under 300 people. By 1910 the population had swelled to 1,694. Over the next 60 years, Tekoa began a long decline as mechanized farming and the automobile age came into being. By 1990 the town had fewer than 750 residents. During the 1990s the town increased in popularity and the population rose to 826 at the 2000 census.
Tekoa is located at (47.224704, -117.073607).
As of the census of 2011, there were 787 people, 307 households, and 191 families residing in the city. The population density was 682.5 inhabitants per square mile (263.5 /km2). There were 360 housing units at an average density of 315.8 per square mile (121.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.0% White, 0.1% African American, 3.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8% of the population.
There were 307 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.8% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 3.03.
The median age in the city was 44.4 years. 25.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 23% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 826 people, 318 households, and 220 families residing in the city. The population density was 727.2 people per square mile (279.8/km²). There were 363 housing units at an average density of 319.6 per square mile (122.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.46% White, 0.36% African American, 2.18% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 2.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.
There were 318 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.98.
In the city the age distribution of the population shows 27.7% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 20.5% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,833, and the median income for a family was $36,771. Males had a median income of $32,014 versus $19,307 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,344. About 13.2% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.
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