Lawton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 93,025 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Lawton is the fifth largest community in Oklahoma.
Lawton is a military town: the armed forces employs 13.94% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Healthcare and Retail are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 14.59% and 13.04% of the civilian workforce respectively.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 12.96% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Another interesting thing about Lawton, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.82 minutes getting to work every day.
The citizens of Lawton are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.22% of adults in Lawton having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lawton in 2018 was $24,482, which is upper middle income relative to Oklahoma, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,928 for a family of four. However, Lawton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Lawton is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Lawton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lawton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lawton also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lawton include German, Irish, English, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Lawton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.