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.
13.94% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Lawton. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Healthcare and Retail industries respectively employ 14.59% and 13.04% of the civilian workforce.
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.
One thing that you will notice about Lawton is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Lawton a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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.