Lawton, OK
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Lawton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 96,655 people and 29 constituent neighborhoods, Lawton is the fifth largest community in Oklahoma.

Lawton is a military town: the armed forces employs 14.89% 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 13.59% and 13.00% of the civilian workforce respectively.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.77% 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.

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 16.99 minutes getting to work every day.

In terms of college education, Lawton is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.46% of adults 25 and older in Lawton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Lawton in 2010 was $21,154, 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 $84,616 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 13.97% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lawton include Irish, English, European, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Lawton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.