Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

🇺🇸 Lawton is a city in, and the county seat of, Comanche County, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Located in south-western Oklahoma, approximately 87 mi south-west of Oklahoma City, it is the principal city of the Lawton, Oklahoma, metropolitan statistical area. Lawton is the fifth-largest city in the state, and the largest in Western Oklahoma.

Developed on former reservation lands of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache Indians, Lawton was founded by European Americans in 1901. Lawton's landscape is typical of the Great Plains, with flat topography and gently rolling hills, while the area north of the city is marked by the Wichita Mountains.

The city's proximity to the Fort Sill Military Reservation, formerly the base of the Apache territory before statehood, gave Lawton economic and population stability throughout the 20th century.

Although Lawton's economy is still largely dependent on Fort Sill, it has grown to encompass manufacturing, higher education, health care, and retail. The city has a council-manager government; the city council members are elected from single-member districts and the mayor is elected at-large. They hire a professional city manager to direct daily operations.

Interstate 44 and three major United States highways serve the city, while Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport connects Lawton by air. Recreation can be found at the city's many parks, lakes, museums, and festivals. Notable residents of the city include many musical and literary artists, as well as several professional athletes.

Economy Lawton is primarily centred on government, manufacturing, and retail trade industries. The Lawton MSA ranks fourth in Oklahoma with a gross domestic product of $4.2 billion produced in 2008, with a majority ($2.1 billion) in the government sector, primarily associated with the military.

Fort Sill is the largest employer in Lawton, with more than 5,000 full-time employees. In the private sector, the largest employer is Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company with 2,400 full-time employees. Some major employers in the Lawton area also include: Lawton Public Schools, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Southwestern Hospital, City of Lawton, Cameron University, and Bar S Foods.

Lawton has developed two major industrial parks. One is located in the south-west region of town, while the second is located near the Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport. The Blue Canyon Wind Farm, consisting of four development phases generating about 423.45 megawatts of electrical power, is about 27 miles north-north-west of town.

In 2010 the city of Lawton was engaged in the Downtown Revitalization Project. Its goal is to redesign the areas between Elmer Thomas Park at the north through Central Mall to the south to be more visually appealing and pedestrian-friendly to encourage business growth in the area.

Lawton had 35,374 employed civilians as of the 2010 Census, 659 (1.9% of the total Lawton civilian workforce) were employees of their own corporations. In addition, the city had 1,634 (4.6%) self-employed workers.

Lawton, Oklahoma, United States 
<b>Lawton, Oklahoma, United States</b>
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Lawton was ranked #927 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Lawton has a population of over 92,859 people. Lawton also forms the centre of the wider Lawton metropolitan area which has a population of over 130,291 people. Lawton is situated south-west of Oklahoma City.

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