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Statistics & Facts

The Missouri state capital is Jefferson City.
The population of Oran is approximately 1,164 (1990), 1294 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 499 (1990), 518 (2010).
The amount of land area in Oran is 2.724 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Oran to Washington DC is 727 miles.
The distance to the Missouri state capital is 176 miles. (as the crow flies)
Oran is positioned 37.08 degrees north of the equator and 89.65 degrees west of the prime meridian.


at the junction of Highway 77 and Route W in Scott County Missouri. It is approximately 140 miles south of St. Louis and 150 miles North of Memphis Tn.
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History & History Related Items

In 1840, a small settlement became known as Sylvania. This small community, then set in a dense woodland, thus became known as Oran. The name was changed from Sylvania to Oran because Missouri already had another town by the name of Sylvania. Oran was chosen because a returned sea captain, Ward L. Smith, hads spent time in Oran, Algeria, during the Crimean War. In 1887 Oran had a population of 417 and only four businesses. In 2002, Oran has a new school not even 10 years old, Population of over 2000, and now has over 20 businesses.
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The population of Oran was:
1887 - 417
1990 - 1,164

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