Introduction to Stillwater, Oklahoma

The Oklahoma city of Stillwater, county seat of Payne County, is located in north central Oklahoma, 70 miles west of Tulsa and 65 miles northeast of the state capital of Oklahoma City. The city is home to Oklahoma State University.

Founded in 1889 and incorporated in 1899, Stillwater is located in the heart of a region whose vast agricultural land is used mainly to produce wheat and whose fertile pasture land has long supported a thriving cattle-breeding industry. Very much a college town, Stillwater over time has expanded its economic base to include other industries such as manufacturing and advanced technology. The city today is known as an academic and cultural center, as students and staff of Oklahoma State University together comprise about half of the city's population.

Arts and Culture in Stillwater

Stillwater holds many annual events which attract people from all over the region. These include the Boomer Blast 4th of July Celebration, the Stillwater Home Builders Association Home and Garden Show, the Fine Art & Music Festival, the Tumbleweed Calf Fry, the Oklahoma Special Olympics State Games, and the Payne County Free Fair. Some of the major attractions of the area include the following:

  • Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum
  • Jim Thorpe Museum
  • Pawnee Bill's Ranch and State Museum
  • OSU Museum of Natural and Cultural History
  • Sheerar Cultural and Heritage Center
  • Gardiner Art Gallery
  • The Washington Irving Trail Museum
  • Stillwater Airport Memorial Museum
  • Payne County Courthouse
  • Stillwater Opera House

Oklahoma State University has a long tradition of strong athletic programs. The Oklahoma State Cowboys (Cowgirls) compete in the NCAA's Division I-A as a member of the Big 12 Conference's South division. Oklahoma State boasts over 45 national titles, the fourth-highest total in the county. These national titles have come in wrestling (the Cowboy wrestling program is one of the most successful in all of college sports), golf, basketball, baseball, and cross country.

Stillwater is the proud home of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, whose museum honors amateur and Olympic wrestling champions. Featured at this site are sculptures, photographs, banners, trophies, plaques, medals, uniforms, and other memorabilia celebrating the accomplishments of famous wrestlers and teams of the past.

For professional sports, fans can look towards nearby Oklahoma City or Tulsa to catch some action. Oklahoma City shares its only major league franchise with the city of New Orleans. The New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets of the National Basketball Association play a portion of their home schedule in the city. Also in Oklahoma City are the Redhawks, a Minor League Baseball Triple-A franchise affiliated with the Texas Rangers. Hockey fans can watch the Oklahoma City Blazers, a team in the Central Hockey League (CHL). The city of Tulsa is home to the Drillers, a Minor League Baseball Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Tulsa is also home to the Tulsa Talons of the Arena Football 2 (AF2) league.


Total Population 47,523
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 8.3%
Employed Population 16+ 21,537
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 32.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.7%
Median Earnings25+ $28,285
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,030
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,720


Median Family Income $53,324
% Above Poverty Level 67%
% Below Poverty Level 33%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 9.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2%


People Living Alone 37%
Median Gross Rent $743
Median House Value $152,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.1%
Irish 10.7%

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

Stillwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles NE of Edmond, Oklahoma (center to center)
Nearest Large City 51 miles NE of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Payne
Standard Zip Codes 74074, 74075
P.O. Box Zip Codes 74076
Company Zip Codes 74077, 74078
Phone Area Codes 405
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.115
Longitude -97.058

Stillwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Station PERRY
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 71 to 95 F
Oct Temp 48 to 75 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 38.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Coyle 282 $42,250
Glencoe 574 $40,375
Langston 1,434 $48,750
Morrison 773 $53,125
Perkins 2,861 $51,579
Ripley 315 $50,625

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

Stillwater Public Libraries

Stillwater Public Library
1107 S. DUCK
Stillwater, Oklahoma
(405) 372-3633
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Stillwater Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(405) 372-1480
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

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