Lawton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 94,653 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Lawton is the fifth largest community in Oklahoma.
13.38% 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 Retail and Healthcare industries respectively employ 15.08% and 12.88% of the civilian workforce.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.99% 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 of the benefits of Lawton is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.77 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The education level of Lawton citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 19.47% of adults 25 and older in Lawton have a college degree.
The per capita income in Lawton in 2010 was $21,892, 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 $87,568 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 13.90% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lawton include Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Lawton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.