City of Stillwater, OK
Stillwater is located in Payne County in Oklahoma. The median income is $31,243 and the median home value is $151,300. The unemployment rate is 6.39% compared to 7.9% for the U.S. as a whole. Workers commute an average of 15.1 minutes each day. The population is 78.9% White, 4.1% Black, 3.5% American Indian, 6.0% Asian, and 7.5% identify as some other race or ethnicity. For more on the schools, healthcare, and getting around in Stillwater, see each of the tabs below. For those people interested in the walkability of a community, Stillwater has a Walk Score® of 33.
Median Household Income$31,243
Median Home Price$151,300
The Sheerar and the Washington Irving Trail museums both offer a detailed look at Oklahoma history with a focus on Payne County. Located on South Duncan Street, The Sheerar Museum is named after an OSU engineering professor who decided to put his mother’s impressive button collection on display. The 3,450 buttons, dated from the 1740s to the 1930s, are still here, but the museum has expanded well beyond that initial idea.
Stillwater’s Town and Gown Theatre has come a long way from its first production in OSU’s ballroom, but it’s never ventured very far from its roots. The 57-year-old community theater, whose name is a play on the old “locals vs. campus” cultural battleground, has become an entertainment mainstay not only because of its age, but because of its open-door policy when it comes to getting involved.
Memphis has the blues and Detroit has Motown, but Stillwater is known as the home of Red Dirt music, a genre as varied as the people who try to define it. “Red Dirt music has more of a focus on songwriting with an outlaw-country sound behind it,” says Jared Cranke, publisher of the monthly Stillwater Scene magazine. “The sound has dominated the music scene in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma for years, especially as local bands including Cross Canadian Ragweed and Jason Boland & The Stragglers have become national acts.”
The pizza niche in Stillwater has been pleasantly filled since 1957, thanks to the handmade, stone-baked pizzas served at The Hideaway. Even though the restaurant is located near OSU’s campus, it is a far cry from your typical college pizza joint. In truth, it is a family restaurant. “Growing up, we would hang out there after school,” Hideaway managing partner David Sanders says. “It just becomes a part of you.”
The food choices in a college town often are limited to burgers with or without cheese, but that’s not the case in Stillwater by a long shot.
Down a country road on the edge of Stillwater, a 66-acre farm is home to a myriad of treasures, including wine. Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery is an elegant scenic destination, offering a relaxing experience featuring antiques, art, food and wine. Picnic areas are surrounded with perennial flowers, rose and herb gardens. “People come here to enjoy the scenery and the quiet,” says Jeanette Hane, who owns the vineyard with her husband Ivol.
The Stillwater club scene is in full swing these days, with five nice golf courses located within the city itself, plus two others in neighboring communities. Here is some background and interesting points on each: Karsten Creek Golf Club Renowned golf course designer Tom Fazio put this 18-hole layout together. In 1994 it was named “Best New Course in the U.S.” by Golf Digest.
Building a strong college sports tradition takes passion, experience, and sometimes, brick and mortar. That's the case in Stillwater, where Oklahoma State University Cowboy football inspires excitement and loyalty and creates a sea of orange and black on game days.
Residents with dogs, cats, horses and exotic pets alike have many resources to keep their animals healthy, even pampered, in Stillwater.
Stillwater, OK has a variety of shopping destinations to choose from. Below is a listing of some of the stores available here.