Introduction to Lawton, Oklahoma

Lawton is located in the south western portion of Oklahoma, close to the Wichita Mountains in Comanche County. The city is the cultural and commercial center for the region. Lawton is known for huge granite deposits as well as cotton. The city has been included on the Forbes' List of the "Best Small Places for Business and Careers."


Indian tribes had taken advantage of the natural resources offered in South West Oklahoma's Wichita Mountains such as wildlife, water and vegetation. Fort Sill was constructed in 1869 in the hostile Indian Territory. The city was named in tribute to Henry Lawton, the quartermaster at Fort Sill who partook in the capture of the well known Apache leader, Geronimo. He was taken to Fort Sill and placed in jail in 1894.

In 1901 the Rock Island Railroad arrived and a lottery was held for homestead claims for Lawton. One year after the lottery was completed, approximately 100 saloons had been established. Banks and stores were quickly open for business.

Gambling was a major activity until it was declared illegal in 1907. The huge population growth causes serious public health problems and led to a shortage of water and disregard for the law. the Indians resided outside of the city but often entered Lawton in order to conduct business. After World War II ended the city experienced a steady growth in population.


The Wichita Mountains Wildlife and Refuge is popular with hikers, rock climbing enthusiasts and tourists. The refuge features buffalo, elk, deer and numerous other animal and plant species. Popular destinations in the refuge include Holy City of Wichita, Lake Lawtonka, Quanah Parker Lake & Dam, Mount Scott and Quartz Mountain Nature Park. Lake Ellsworth is a popular location for outdoor activities.

Attractions and Entertainment

  • Medicine Park, located in the Wichita Mountains is a popular resort town which features structures made from naturally formed red granite cobblestones.
  • McMahon Memorial Auditorium offers ballet performances, a variety of concerts and Broadway shows.
  • Pioneer Heritage Town Site Center is a museum complex which portrays the life of residents during the 1920's.
  • Lawton Community Theatre offers plays and musicals.
  • Little Chapel is a restored Gothic Revival Church.
  • Mattie Beal Home is situated on a large acreage and features Greek Revival style architecture and includes impressive woodwork and stained glass.
  • Museum of the Great Plains offers exhibits on the history of the Great Plains of North America.
  • Percussive Arts Society Museum features percussion instruments from all over the world.

Higher Education

Lawton is home to Cameron University.


Total Population 97,589
Male Share of the Population 52.3%
Female Share of the Population 47.7%
Senior Citizens 9.8%
Employed Population 16+ 45,007
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 41.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.5%
Median Earnings25+ $29,756
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,741
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,035


Median Family Income $50,214
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 8.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $787
Median House Value $106,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 48.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.2%
Irish 10%

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

Lawton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 77 miles SW of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Comanche
Metro Area Lawton
Standard Zip Codes 73501, 73503, 73505, 73507
P.O. Box Zip Codes 73502, 73506, 73558
Phone Area Codes 580
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.608
Longitude -98.39

Lawton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LAWTON
Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 50 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 73 to 96 F
Oct Temp 52 to 76 F
Annual Precip 31.6 inches
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 51 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 97 F
Oct Temp 50 to 77 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station DUNCAN
Distance 25.3 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 50 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Lawton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fort Sill (73503)

Meers (73558)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cache 2,919 $59,167
Elgin 2,702 $72,039
Faxon 67 $0
Geronimo 983 $52,500
Medicine Park 233 $48,889
Sterling 620 $43,750

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

Lawton Public Libraries

Lawton Public Library
110 S W 4TH ST
Lawton, Oklahoma
(580) 581-3450
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Lawton Hospitals

(580) 531-4700
Emergency Service: Yes

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(580) 355-8620
Emergency Service: Yes

(Government - Federal)
(580) 353-0350
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,380 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

Serves 1,294 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.7

Serves 777 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

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