Inola is located in Rogers County, Oklahoma, United States. The town population in 2017 was 1,826, a 2% increase from 1,788 at the 2010 census. While Inola appears to be a small town, most Inola area residents live outside of town on properties ranging between 1 and 20 acres in size. This lead to the Inola zipcode (74036) population to rise to 7,148 in 2016.
Inola is located at the southern tip of Rogers County, thirty minutes from Tulsa and twenty minutes from the county seat of Claremore. It is now considered a bedroom community for Tulsa and is included in the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area (TMSA). Inola is situated in the perfect geographic location for growth because of its easy access to highway/interstates, railroads and the Verdigris Navigational Channel. Inola has a variety of local restaurants known for their fantastic home cooking or authentic cuisine.
Inola has been considered the "Hay Capital of the World" because of the high quality of Bluestem Prairie hay grown in the many hay fields surrounding the town of Inola. The Inola Hay Days celebration has been celebrated each year since 1960. While many living in the area do not participate in farming or ranching, the agricultural activities do give you regular opportunity to see tractors, haying equipment, and trucks and trailers filled with cattle. The neighboring Amish community in Chouteau does spill over into the Inola area. Many Amish children go to school in Inola and you often will see Amish tractors at the area stores or on the roads or Amish families attending school or community events.
Inola is a growing business and industrial community with a proper downtown business district and two industrial parks - the Jim Summerlin Industrial Park on the north edge of town, and the Inola River / Rail Industrial Park southwest of town several miles on Lock & Dam Road (4200 Rd).