Lawton Fort Sill Quality of Life
Today, Lawton Fort Sill is the third largest metropolitan statistical area in
the state. Lawton serves as a prominent shopping, medical, recreational,
educational and religious center for the region. It is the retail and
distribution center for the area's cattle, dairy and agricultural industries. In
addition, Lawton Fort Sill is the home of manufacturing and processing
companies, and is continually working toward expansion of existing industries
and acquisition of new ones.
Fort Sill was founded in 1869 by Major Philip Sheridan. Since that time, it has
remained an artillery center. Present day troop strength is approximately
16,000. Annual military and civilian payroll totals more than $105 million.
The Lawton Fort Sill city population is 115,000, the seven county metropolitan
labor market is 110,000. The current unemployment rate is 3.1 percent. The
average weekly salary for manufacturing is $ 877 and for all industries $ 486.
The largest employers in the Lawton Fort Sill area include Fort Sill, Goodyear
Tire and Rubber Company, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, the City of Lawton,
Lawton Public Schools, Cameron University, Bar-S Foods, Wackenhut, Southwestern
Medical Center, CenterPoint Energy, Techrizon, Assurant Group, Silverline Plastics, and
Republic Paperboard. Local employers enjoy a steady supply of new potential
employees as up to 300 well trained former members of the US Army end their
military service at Fort Sill each month.
Lawton operates under a City Council-City Manager form of government. Comanche
County is governed by three county commissioners, all elected. Lawton Public
Schools are governed by a five-member School Board, all elected. Fire and police
protection are provided by the City of Lawton.
Quality Of Life
Most people want the conveniences of a large city, but also want the advantages
of living in a small town. Lawton Fort Sill combines the best of both worlds,
offering an excellent quality of life. Ranked as one of the best 100 cities in
which to live by Money Magazine, Lawton's people are friendly and helpful, and
our crime rate is low - advantages often found in a small town. Yet, we are the
educational, cultural and medical hub of southwest Oklahoma, offering all of the
advantages of the big city!
Lawton's outstanding public primary and secondary school system includes 32
elementary schools, four junior high schools, three high schools, and one
secondary alternative school. Seven of the elementary schools have been credited
with the prestigious Blue Ribbon Award given by the U.S. Department of
The Great Plains Technology Center provides both full-time day and part-time
night classes in a variety of business, technical, industrial, health,
marketing, and other high-demand fields.
Cameron University, a four-year state-funded university located in Lawton,
offers more than 50 degrees through two-year, four-year and graduate programs.
These degree programs, emphasizing the liberal arts, science and technology, and
graduate and professional studies, give the university's 6,000 students a vast
array of career choices.
There are three libraries in the Lawton Fort Sill community - the Lawton Public
Library, located at 110 SW 4th Street, the library at Cameron University, and
the Nye Library at Fort Sill.
Lawton Fort Sill has taken steps to offer state-of-the-art health care services.
Because of our strategic location in the heart of southwest Oklahoma, Lawton
Fort Sill has become the health care hub for surrounding communities. With two
public hospitals, an Indian hospital, a military hospital, as well as numerous
other clinics and health care facilities, Lawton Fort Sill offers a wide range
of care and services.
Lawton Fort Sill is recognized nationally as one of the most culturally
diversified communities in the United States. Our community is the home of
several museums and countless cultural, arts and humanities activities and
organizations. Museums include the Fort Sill Museum and the Museum of the Great
The Lawton Fort Sill community boasts numerous civic clubs and organizations to
cover everyone's personal and professional interests.
Recreation & Entertainment
There's always something good going on in Lawton Fort Sill. Each weekend and
most weeknights you will find entertainment that is second-to-none. Lawton is
home to the Lawton Community Theater which provides five main stage performances, two magic
theater productions, and a summer magic workshop yearly. The Southwest Oklahoma
Opera Guild, Southwest Oklahoma Dance Alliance, Lawton City Ballet, Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society, and Lawton Community Concerts Association are
constantly producing a variety of continuing arts entertainment.
Lawton Fort Sill provides an abundance of activities for the sports enthusiast.
Excellent fishing is available at both city lakes. Lakes Lawtonka and Ellsworth
are both fed by streams from the Wichita. Located north of Lawton, both lakes
are also great for swimming, boating and a variety of other water sports.
Overnight campsites and picnic facilities are available.
Kid's Zone, a 16,000 square foot multi-level community-built mega-playground, is
located In Greer Park on 38th Street, halfway between Cache Road and Gore
Boulevard. The elaborate design, crafted in wood and plastic from the ideas of
local children, includes a multitude of play areas, many of which are handicap
accessible. Additional features include an enclosed Tot Lot for small children,
on-site parking, plenty of benches, and a pavilion with bathrooms and water