#3. Lawton

Fort Sill, a U.S. Army post originally constructed during the Indian Wars, has provided economic and population stability to Lawton, OK, for many years. But Lawton’s economy has grown to include manufacturing, higher education, health care and retail. Economic gains have allowed Lawton leaders to build a nice amenities package that attracts many young professionals and families. 


Residents of Lawton spend 6 percent less on living expenses than most Americans, according to The Council for Community and Economic Research. Lawton’s utility costs are nearly 22 percent below those in most cities. The average homeowner in Lawton spends roughly 27 percent of their monthly income on housing costs, which is lower than most mortgage experts recommend. These low costs of living combined with the high quality of life that Lawton residents enjoy makes it one of the Best Affordable Places to Live.

Things to Do in Lawton

Residents enjoy valuable natural resources including the Wichita Mountains and three lakes where boating, swimming and fishing are permitted. More than 80 parks and recreation areas provide plenty of opportunities to hike, play and relax. The Lawton Community Theatre, Museum of the Great Plains, and Leslie Powell Gallery are just some of the cultural attractions that draw visitors and keep residents entertained.  

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