About Lawton Fort SIll

Located in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains, Lawton Fort Sill is the center of commerce in southwest Oklahoma. We are a place where heritage, individuality and diversity are embraced and respected. We are an engaged, healthy & progressive community, a safe place to live, learn, work, play and prosper.  The City of Lawton Fort Sill welcomes all.


Fort Sill was established in 1869 for stationing cavalry troops during the Indian Wars and is the oldest military installation in Oklahoma.  Lawton was founded in 1901 when the Kiowa-Comanche reservation was opened for settlement.


The average high temperature in July is 95 degrees, the average low temperature in January is 26 degrees.  The area receives an average of 28 inches of rain and two inches of snowfall each year.  Lawton Fort Sill sits 1,142 feet above sea level.


Lawton is centrally located in the heart of southwest Oklahoma.  Fort Sill is located on its northern border and flows into the distinctive Wichita Mountains.  Interstate 44 leads north to Oklahoma City or south to Wichita Falls, Texas.  State Highway 62 leads west to Altus.  State Highway 7 leads east to Duncan.

Cost of Living

In 2012, the cost of living in Lawton was 97.3% of the national average, with housing costs at only 89.4% of the national average.  The median household income is $41,783.  


The population of Lawton Fort Sill as of Census 2010 was 96,867.  The average household size is 2.48 persons.  64.5% of households are families.  20.5% of Lawton's population aged 18 and older are civilian veterans of the military.

Top Employers

Fort Sill, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Lawton Public Schools, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Serco Inc., Raytheon, Silver-Line Plastics Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Cameron University, Southwestern Medical Center and Bar-S Foods.