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Lawton is a city in Comanche County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Maj. Gen. Henry W. Lawton.

The latitude of Lawton is 34.608N. The longitude is -98.39W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,109 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 91,730.


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Median household income
Local
$32,521
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Lawton demographic reports
Lawton is on Cache Creek.
The area opened to settlement with a land lottery on Aug. 6, 1901. In a single day, a community of 25,000 people was established.

The local economy has long relied heavily on nearby Fort Sill.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 693. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 7.5 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Geronimo, Indian leader
· Leon Russell, singer and songwriter
· Joan Crawford, actress
· Candice Early, actress
· N. Scott Momaday, author
Local festivals include:
  • Comanche Nation Fair - Sept. 27-30, 2007
  • International Festival - Sept. 28-30, 2007
  • Arts for All Festival - May 11-13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Lawton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife: American bison, Texas longhorn cattle, Rocky Mountain elk and white-tailed deer inhabit the nearby Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

Historic sites and museums: Quanah Parker Star House, U.S. Army Field Artillery and Fort Sill Museum
Colleges and universities: Cameron University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 60

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Lawton residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Lawton ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Lawton was $15,397, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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19% of Lawton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Lawton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $374.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $763.


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Libraries in Lawton include Kathleen Wyatt Nicholson Branch Library, Lawton Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Lawton include Lawton Constitution

TV stations in Lawton include KSWO.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KCCU.

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Comanche County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Lawton political report.

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The average commute time for Lawton workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Lawton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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