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A+ Lawton Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Lawton Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Oklahoma
8515% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Lawton cost of living
F Lawton Crime Total crime is 42% higher than Oklahoma
Total crime
4,72671% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2271% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-15%Year over year crime is down
Lawton crime
D- Lawton Employment Household income is 9% lower than Oklahoma
Median household income
$43,67421% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,89227% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
Lawton employment
F Lawton Housing Home value is 12% lower than Oklahoma
Median home value
$106,80042% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79816% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Lawton real estate or Lawton rentals
A Lawton Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than Oklahoma
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
72%46% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:113% higher than the US average
Lawton K-12 schools or Lawton colleges

Living in Lawton, OK

Lawton, Oklahoma is a medium-sized city with a population of 96,728 residents. Lawton tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 31 is far below the national average. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Lawton is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 15 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Lawton could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Oklahoma if you know where to search. To help you find the best places to live in and around Lawton, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, employment, housing and more.

Lawton has a livability score of 71/100 and is ranked #285 in Oklahoma and #9,521 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that Lawton ranks well for amenities (A+), cost of living (A-) and education (A). Lawton does not do well for the following: crime (F), employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Lawton on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Lawton have a test score average of 72%, which is well above the US average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Lawton is actually affordable. The median home price for Lawton homes is $106,800, which is 12% lower than the Oklahoma average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Lawton, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 0% lower than the Oklahoma average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Lawton area were 4.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were -2.5%.

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So gross and depressing

As soon as you enter the city limits, you can smell the meth. The only thing to do in Lawton is breed, go to jail, smoke meth, steal from your mother, go to your court dates or get your kids taken away from you. If you like church, you could do that too. It's a terrible place to spend any time in. The rent is low but your will to live will be low too. The cops are hungry mfr's just looking to throw you on the hood and feel you up. Many of the people living there have self esteem issues due to, well living there, so they like to brag a lot and tell you how rich they are. They are dirty liars.
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The biggest shithole in Oklahoma!!!

I have lived here my entire life the worst place you can ever imagine don't listen to the rest of these liars giving good reviews and if your home gets burglarized guess what the property crimes detectives will basically tell you to go fuck yourself do yourself a favor never come here
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Can't wait to leave

I've lived here for a year. I hate it so much. I don't feel safe. We are moving in February back up north. Thank God.
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A Great Place to Call Home

I love Lawton and I am so excited to see where it goes in the next 10 years. Lawton has been moving in the right direction thanks to the City's leadership. The leadership I am speaking of is not only that of the City Council but, the private business owners and citizens. There is such a huge sense of community here. There is an organization, LawtonProud, that spotlights the really cool things happening around the community and you can see everything on their Facebook page and the calendar of events at There is always something going on.
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Lawton Proud

I must say, Lawton, Oklahoma is definitely looking up! I've lived here my entire life and it has come along way. We have so may great restaurants to choose from these days and the shopping in town has improved immensely. I no longer feel the need to travel to Oklahoma City or Wichita Falls. There are so many great things to do and see here. There is the Fort Sill National Historic Landmark Museum, the Museum of the Great Plains and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (ranked the best Wildlife Refuge in the US in 2015) just to name a few. As for the crime, if you look at the latest statistics, Lawton has improved drastically and I feel safe here. There are sketchy parts of town just like any city, but I don't go to those kinds of places.
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I too have been here most of my life!

Have been here since 1979 and it used to be fairly safe but not anymore! Too much crime! Wasn't too bad until hurricane katrina! We got thier gang banging welfare recipients that came for refuge and never left! The police are overwhelmed and understaffed so I suggest you install a damned good security system in your home if you have to live in this town! The old Central mall and a few new strip malls are ok for shopping. Dining is mostly sub standard. Lawton is way behind in the times on many levels. Would be nice to see a strip mall that had a nice deli, bakery, produce market etc with areas to enjoy eating outside like in alot of cities this size but... I dont see it happening! This place is loaded with pawn shops, seedy strip clubs and liquor stores and lower end bars! The only positives anymore is the wichita mountains, wild life refuge and local lakes which are all on the outskirts of Lawton! I highly suggest if you are military or just have to move here, find housing outside of town such as near the lakes or in nearby Elgin, ok. Much smaller but nicer and far safer!
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My Whole Life In Lawton, OK

I am from Oklahoma and have lived in Lawton, Oklahoma all my life. Honestly, the town does not have much to offer in terms of entertainment, fun, restaurants, and so on. There is one mall called the Central Mall that everyone seems to hang out on weekends for shopping and movies but it is always the same thing with the same people. There are two clubs that are the most popular called the Gold Dragon Lounge and the Alley Cat Club. Again, you will notice that it is a lot of the same people who hob knob around these areas. Because of this, a lot of the clubs will actually host events together which is fun because a lot of the town gets together but it is still not that crazy. Most people drive into Oklahoma City to do their shopping or really fun activities. Occasionally, people will do outdoor activities such as camping and fishing but only when it is in season. Even for outdoor activities, you have to drive 20 minutes out of the town. The town does have a good small town vibe because there are a lot of little small shops. It is more fun to visit than live because you get used to it all. Chili's and Famous Dave's are probably the most fancy restaurants you will find here. As a native, I am not trying to be pessimistic but it is not the most ideal place to raise a family.

There is a lot of crime (mostly drug because nothing else to do in the quiet town), lack of entertainment, small community (good and bad), boring weather (not super hot or super cold although there is sometimes snow), strip malls, and no real good restaurants.
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More than just a Wal-Mart, a strip club, and a military installation

Without Fort Sill, Lawton would just be a sleepy little cattle town. Your average outsider traveling through Lawton might automatically assume that Lawton doesn't have a lot to be desired for, due to its high crime, lack of bars/nightclubs, fast food restaurants, places of worship in strip malls, 3.3% ABV beer, but there are some things that make this town worth taking into consideration of appreciating. A favorite time of the year for the locals is high school football season, as cheery spirits can be felt as the city's rival high schools take on one another. People in Lawton are generally friendly. The Wichita Mountains at sunset on an early fall day is a breathtaking view. If you're into hiking, climbing, or nature walks, then the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is an amazing place to go! The local business scene doesn't boom in comparison to other cities that are Lawton's size, but if you want a good meal somewhere, I definitely recommend the Silver Spoon. I've been in the army for about five years, with three of that being in the artillery, and Fort Sill has to be one of the nicest military bases that I've trained on. Cameron University is a great learning institution, and from what I heard from people who have gone there, it has very reputable ROTC programs, a nice campus, and is a laid back atmosphere with a variety of different degree offerings. The weather in Lawton is decent, and during the fall months, there isn't a better place in America you can be for good weather. Taxicab services are relatively inexpensive in comparison to a lot of cities out there. If you have some time to kill in Lawton, or are possibly moving into the area, look past its negative feedback and see how much of it you can really appreciate.
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I hate it....

I have lived in lawton for a long time and let me tell you...IT SUCKS...
so much crime and the police chief does little do try to fix the issues...
the younger kids ...16-24ish cant go out and have a good time without killing you on accident or someone that they hate..
SOLDIERS BEWARE!!-female lawtonians mainly just want to use you to get out of this shithole and use you for your benefits...its so common to see a female that is 25...1-2 kids...that has been married to at least 4 different soldiers...the STD rate is pretty high because everyone sleeps with the same prices are a new apartment expect to be close to 1000 for a 2 bedroom..the mall is know your town sucks when everyone is excited to see a Target come to town. I have been shopping at Target since the 80s no big deal to me..
there is no night life...unless you arent black...
attractions include 2 casinos, mountain/hills and buffaloes....
Lawton is not a good place if you are a single person...but if you are married or with someone at least you have each other...that takes the pain away from living in such a bad place....good places to live are the east side or far far west...on a good note dallas is only a few hours away and okc is an hour me thats where you will go out for drinks or shop at the majority of the time
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Lawton, OK - A Friendly Community

There are not many exciting things to do in Lawton,OK. However, there are lots of museums and bowling alleys. The popular trend in this town seems to be fishing and camping. I spent most of my time at the movie theater. As you can tell, I don't like the outdoors at times.

The communities in Lawton are very clean and friendly. The grass is so green and soft that I saw people put their food on a picnic blanket but lay on the grass. There are several gated communities that you cannot get in but they look beautiful from the outside. I loved the restaurants in Lawton, mostly because I am used to all of them. They had an Applebee's, Chili's, Famous Dave's, and Red Lobster.

The nightlife in this city were a pleasant surprise. I visited Gold Dragon Lounge, Alley Cat Club, Alibis and Chili's Club, and they all had great drinks and music. Some clubs even partner up together for the people who club hop. If a club has a partnership with another club, you don't pay for the second club you go to.

Central Mall is the only shopping offered in Lawton besides Wal-Mart and Target. There were few clothing stores and more electronics stores.
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