Lawton Fort Sill Business Environment

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Community Statistics & Facts
Lawton, Ok
Comanche County

Lawton is located 49 miles north of Wichita Falls, TX on IH-44
POPULATION 2000 1990 1980
City 92,757 80,561 80,054
Comanche County 114,996 111,486 112,456
Population by Age      
0-4 yrs 9,139    
5-17yrs 27,656    
18-44 yrs 46,508    
45-64 yrs 20,473    
65+ yrs 10,007    
       
Population by Sex      
Male 59,625    
Female 55,371    
       
Population by Race      
White 74,988    
Black 21,.847    
American Indian 5,904    
Asian 2,405    
Hispanic 9,675    
       
LABOR MARKET Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
Primary County:* 41,060 39,910 2.80%
Contiguous Counties:* 68,486 54,082 7.97%
Total Civilian Labor force 109,546    
Radius of Labor Drawing Area 40 miles    
Nearest MSA Lawton    
Distance to MSA 0 miles    
Avg Annual Mfrg Production Workers 3,800    
Non-Manufacturing Workers: 37,260    
Avg Annual Mfrg Production Workers 28,124    
Wage and/or Labor Survey Available: Yes .  
       
Geographic/Climate Data      
City Area County Area Avg Elevation  
31 sq. miles 1,076 sq miles 1,100 ft  
Avg. Annual Rainfall (in.): Avg. Annual Snowfall (in.):    
28 2    
Avg. Temperature (January) (F): Avg. Temperature (July) (F):    
44 81    
       
UTILITIES      
Electric Providers Gas Providers Telecom Providers  
AEP Public Service Co. of OK Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co. Southwestern Bell  
Water      
Water Suppliers Source    
City of Lawton Lakes    
Plant Capacity Peak use Avg Daily Demand Excess Capacity GDP
39 mgpd 38.5 mgpd 22 mgpd 0
Cost Per gal over basic rate Elevated Storage Ground Storage Pressure in Mains
$2.10 4.25 mgals 13 mgals 85 psi
       
Sewer      
Waste Disposal Suppliers Dist (mi.) Solid Waste Disposal Sewer Suppliers Present Load
Lawton Waste Disposal Landfill Lawton Sewer 12-13 mgd
Industrial Disposal Treatment Type Plant Capacity Basic Rate
Yes Advanced Waste treatment 18 mgd $9.51
       
TRANSPORTATION      
Interstates: I.H.44    
U.S. Highways: U.S. 277, U.S. 62, U.S. 281    
State Highways: OK 7, OK 49    
Rail Service: Stillwater Central Union Pacific  
Air Transportation Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport    
Surface Type: Runway Length (ft.): Landing Lights: Aircraft Storage:
Concrete 8,600ft yes yes
Instrument Landing: Aircraft Maintenance: Air Carriers Passenger Service
yes yes American Eagle DFW Hab
Daily non-stop Flights Air Freight Services    
7 yes    
Trucking Yes    
# of Freight Terminals: # Freight Carriers:    
3 10    
Major Freight Carriers American Freightways L&L Motor freight  
  Arkansas Freightway Roadway Express  
  Yellow Freight Atlas Beaver express  
  C.F. Motor Freight Consolidate Freightway  
Mass Transit:      
City Bus Lawton Area Transit System    
Inter-city Bus Jefferson Lines    
Rail Service Union Pacific, Burlington Northern Railroad and Stillwater Central
       
MUNICIPAL SERVICES      
Form of Local Government: Charter Mayor/City Manager/City    
Police (Full-Time): 154    
Firemen (Full-time): 124    
Firemen (Volunteer): 0    
Number of Fire Stations 7    
Fire Service Outside City: Yes    
Fire insurance Rating: 4 Key Rate    
Ambulance Services yes    
Rescue Service Fire rescue    
City Zoning Regulated: Yes    
Planning Commission: CPC & LMAPC    
       
EDUCATION      
Independent School District Public Schools Private Schools:  
Lawton, Cache, Elgin 40 4  
Avg. ACT Score: Avg. SAT Score: # of Teachers  
20.4 n/a 1,041  
Total enrollment Enrollment in 12th Grade    
17,226 3,348    
Student/Teacher Ratio Graduation Rate Dropout Rate  
19 73 3  
Higher Education Location Cameron Library Volume  
Cameron University Lawton 264,000  
# of Grad 01-02 Total enrollment    
Business: 86      
Education & Behavioral Sciences: 124    
Graduates Studies: 144      
Liberal Arts: 246      
Science & Technology: 198      
       
Vocational Schools Location Public Library Volumes  
Great Plains Technology Center Lawton 1,000,000  
Enrollment by Areas Total Enrollment    
High School: 600 6,500    
F/T adults: 400      
P/T adults: 3,000      
Business & Industry: 2,500      
       
Cache Public Schools # of Teachers Student/Teacher Ratio  
4 92.8 16  
Avg. ACT Score: Avg. SAT Score: Total Enrollment  
20.5 n/a 1,337  
Dropout Rate Graduation Rate    
1.8 85.3    
       
Elgin Public Schools # of Teachers Student/Teacher Ratio  
3 82 17  
Avg. ACT Score: Avg. SAT Score: Total Enrollment  
19.8 n/a 1,322  
Dropout Rate Graduation Rate    
1.4 84.2    
       
MEDICAL SERVICES      
Number of Hospitals Total beds Number of Doctors Number of Dentists
5 918 108 32
Number of Clinics Nearest Emergency facility Nursing facilities Total beds
21 Comanche Memorial 6 540
Number of Veterinarians      
16      
       
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES      
Golf Courses Swimming Pools Racetracks Lakes/Bays
4 1 1 2
Tennis Courts Parks Indoor Malls  
6 76 1  
       
HOTELS &CHURCHES      
Number of churches Number of Hotels Number of Motels # of Motel Rooms
119 4 23 1,271
       
Major Area Employers Number of Employees    
  FULL TIME PART TIME TOTAL
Fort Sill 5,807 0 5,807
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company 2,464 0 2,464
Lawton Public Schools 2,067 382 2,449
Comanche County Memorial Hospital 1,293 305 1,598
Wal-Mart Supercenter* 461 277 1,030
Cameron University 482 155 673
Southwestern Medical Center 339 200 539
Assurant Group* 326 0 326
Wackenhut Correctional Facility 380 3 383
Techrizon 275 0 275
Great Plains Technology Center 173 100 273
Lawton Municipal Airport 250 0 250
Bar-S Foods Company 247 0 247
USPHS Indian Hospital 216 3 219
The Lawton Constitution 116 85 201
Dillard’s 60 105 165
Warner Jewelry Case 150 0 150
Chempac 135 5 140
JC Penney 120 10 130
Advanced Systems Technology 100 23 123
Sears, Roebuck, and Company 49 74 123
Republic Paperboard Company 120 0 120
Southwestern Bell Telephone 120 0 120
Kmart 120 0 120
Gibson’s Discount Center 74 33 107
Quality Bakery 100 0 100
Cosmetic Specialty Inc. 90 15 105
AEP Public Service of Oklahoma 69 0 69
       
TAX STRUCTURE      
Tax district: OKLAW - Lawton      
Property tax Rate Assessment % Unit of Assessed Value
City $3.04   Rate/$100
School $52.02   Rate/$100
County $17.11   Rate/$100
Total Effective Tax Rate $72.17    
Sales Tax      
City 3.75%    
County 0.25%    
State 4.50%    
Total Effective Tax Rate 8.50%    
Other State Taxes      
Corporate Income 6.00%    
Individual Income 0-7%    
Corporate Franchise Yes    
       
Cost of Living Index 2002 Lawton Oklahoma City Percent Difference
Total 93.6 92.2 -1.50%
Grocery 97.4 91 -6.60%
Housing 81 83.2 2.70%
Utilities 96.6 99.3 2.80%
Transportation 100.2 97.7 -2.50%
Health 85.5 95.3 11.50%
Miscellaneous 101 96.4 -4.60%
Average Rent $520 $577 11%
Average Home Price $189,950 $192,912 1.60%

Sources: American Electric Power Economic Development- http://aeped.com/aep_ed/default.htm
For further information call (800) 776-5401 (inside US) or (580) 581-4314 (Outside US)
ACCRA: http://www.coli.org/
Although obtained from reliable sources, American Electric Power cannot guarantee accuracy.
For further information contact David M. Canter at 1-877-237-3266 or at dmcanter@aep.com,
or Clay Hathaway at 1-877-237-3266 or at ochathaway@aep.com.

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