Introduction to Altus, Oklahoma

Altus, Oklahoma, in Jackson county, is 53 miles W of Lawton, Oklahoma and 117 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The city has a population of 21,447.

Altus History

Altus was named after a Latin term meaning "high place." It is home to the training base for the United States Air Force. Altus is an anagram of Tulsa, which is Oklahoma’s second most populated city.

Altus and nearby Attractions

  • Museum of the Western Prairie
  • Roger Miller Museum
  • Childress County Heritage Museum
  • Great Plains State Park
  • Fort Sill Museum
  • Red River Valley Museum

Things To Do In Altus

While at Altus, one can visit churches like the Assembly of God Glad Tidings, the Emmanuel Baptist Church, the Grace United Methodist Church, the Highland Heights Methodist Church and the Altus Christian Fellowship. The Park Lane Shopping Center and the Altus Plaza Shopping Center and Mall are the popular shopping centers in the area.

Altus Transportation

Lawton-Ft. Sill Regional is the nearest major airport.

Altus Higher Education

Western Oklahoma State College is the local institution providing opportunities for higher education. Other nearby institutions include Midwestern State University, Oklahoma City University and Cameron University.


Total Population 19,549
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 8,367
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 49.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,872
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,184
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,947


Median Family Income $46,371
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 30.2%
Median Gross Rent $716
Median House Value $87,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 12.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Altus Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 53 miles W of Lawton, Oklahoma (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 73521, 73523
P.O. Box Zip Codes 73522
Phone Area Codes 580
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.638
Longitude -99.333

Altus Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 75 F
Jul Temp 70 to 97 F
Oct Temp 49 to 77 F
Annual Precip 29.1 inches
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 49 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 73 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 29.2 inches
Station HOLLIS 5 E
Distance 27.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 76 F
Jul Temp 70 to 97 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 26.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blair 665 $50,333
Headrick 126 $42,143
Mangum 2,937 $49,741
Martha 141 $60,833
Olustee 537 $43,750
Tipton 867 $56,389

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Altus Public Libraries

Southern Prairie Library System
Altus, Oklahoma
(580) 477-2890
Library Web Site

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Altus Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
P O BOX 8190, 1200 EAST PECAN
(580) 482-4781
Emergency Service: Yes

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Altus High Schools

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Serves 868 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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Serves 105 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 26.3

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