Lawton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 92,859 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Lawton is the fifth largest community in Oklahoma.
Lawton is a military town: the armed forces employs 9.08% of the workforce, making the military a major focus of life in the city. In the civilian sector, Retail and Healthcare are important in the local economy and are the city’s largest civilian employers, employing 13.78% and 13.42% of the civilian workforce respectively.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.32% 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.
One thing noticeable about Lawton, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Lawton is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Lawton a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good 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 17.17 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 21.57% of adults in Lawton having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Lawton in 2010 was $24,416, which is upper middle income relative to Oklahoma, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,664 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 13.49% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lawton include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Lawton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.