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Old 08-15-2015, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Lawton/ Medicine Park area
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This was very nice to read, considering a lot of the other older threads didn't have many good things to say about Lawton. My bf is working in Altus, and we're considering relocating from Springfield, Mo. Can you tell me more about Lawton. I have a daughter that is 18 and an 11 year old son. So schools and safe neighborhood is a must. Anything helpful would be great!
Some info about Lawton for you: Gonna be long - Sorry

3 High Schools:
McAurther on the East side,
Lawton High in the Central part of town (the largest student population)
Eisenhower on the West side.

Middle (JR. High) Schools:
McAurther on the East side, Central High in the Central part of town, Tomlinson West central part of town and Eisenhower on the West side.

Elementary Schools: ALOT!

Student - Teacher ratio is about 24-1.

All sports are covered in all the schools from Football, softball, baseball, basketball, swimming, bowling, golf, track, wrestling and more.

Lawton has Cameron University is a 4 year NCAA Division II school. No Football - Was removed back in 1994 due to lack of funding.

Great Plains Area Vo-Tech is a Technical training school that covers everything from Auto mechanics, Nursing to Computer networking skills and more.

Shopping areas:
New shopping centers have been built over the last couple of years. All the name brand stores have finally moved in to Lawton - Target, Academy Sports, Kohl's, Bed Bath & Beyond and more.
Two Super Wal-mart and a K-Mart.
Lawton does have Mall with stores that come and go like any other mall. It has Sears, JC Penny, Dillard's and the other usual stores that are in a mall. It does have a 12 movie Theater that is nice.
A new Theater is being built on the north side of town that will be really nice.

Housing:
You will probably be looking for a 3-4 bedroom house/ Apartment to rent. Not sure how the market is for Apartments with 3-4 bedrooms. Houses with that many rooms that are what I consider nice start at around $1,100 a month no bills paid. You can find houses that are lower price but the neighborhood would not be the one I would want to raise my kids in. I have friends that are living on the West side of town and their rent is $1,400 for a 4 bedroom, 2 bath house.

Jobs:
My thought is this, the only way you don't have a job is because you don't want one. There are new places opening all the time here and they range from Fast Food to Medical Well Fast places to Movie Theaters.
Also, with Ft. Sill being right next door there are Gov't Jobs and Contractor jobs opening all the time.
Goodyear seems to be hiring all the time with the constant expansion of their Tire plant (largest one in the world)

Recreation in and around Lawton:
Lawton: Lake Lawtonka, Lake Ellsworth, Wichita Wildlife Refuge, Museum of the Great Plains)
Lawton also has two Indian Casinos / Hotels.
60 miles from Altus (Quarts Mountain / Lake Luggart)
75 miles from Oklahoma City (OKC Dodgers, OKC Blue, OKC Thunder, Frontier City and more)
185 miles from Dallas/ Ft. Worth (Six Flags, Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Museums, and more)

Crime:
Yes, Lawton gets a bad news for its crime, but what city Lawton's size doesn't have it's issue with Crime. Crime against women, murder and more is in every "BIG" city, I think it gets more focus in Lawton because the population is near 100k and FT. Sill is next to it. 80% of the crime that happens in the same areas of town, the South-central side.

Sorry this is long, but the more information you/ everyone has the better.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I lived in Lawton twice: 2009-2010 and 2012-2013 for about a total of 1.5 years.

The town gets a bad reputation but I'll tell you this: there are a lot worse places you can live.

Lawton is small enough to still have an atmosphere where you don't get lost in the hustle and bustle. Yet it's also big enough to have most of what you need. I was gone for two years and during that time, many businesses opened up and just before I left the second time, Target and that shopping plaza was almost complete.

I lived on the east side both times not far from the casino on Gore.

My preference of assignments before leaving the 2nd time had Fort Sill as #2.

Honestly, I like the state of Oklahoma in general. Trying to talk the wife into the OKC area after the Army but she doesn't seem to keen on it.
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Old 02-09-2016, 06:52 PM
 
Location: East Texas
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I'm a little late on this thread but people will still come and read this so;

I was in Lawton for almost 3 years 2012- 2014 and went to Cameron University. I was 25 when I started in Lawton and always lived off campus. Lot of people said they really hated the place (Lawton, never Cameron), most of them saying it's so boring. I never really understood what more would they want or need to maybe be happier? I never was a huge fan of the city, but Lawton has:

-so many restaurants (Billie Sim's!)
-great shopping
-clubs (don't know much about them)
-the mall
-casinos
-gyms
-Elmer Thomas Park, great for exercising outdoors and just chilling, picnics
-a very nice and fun water park in the summer
-a very nice little beach on Fort Sill with lifeguards
-Museums
-Wichita Mountains in the distance- view
-Wildlife Refuge with the Mount Scott drive is nice and peaceful
-you can also enter the huge Fort Sill and take a drive around the countryside, and the park area with tanks, cannons, missiles or whatever they are
-many lakes around for fishing, for example.
-Medicine Park by the refuge and the surrounding area is well worth visiting
-University athletics
-wading pools in the summer (I know about 4 at least)
-you can play tennis for free at Lawton HS, for example

I am a competitive cyclist and I know I will never live in a place better for cycling than Lawton, thanks to the Refuge and Fort Sill, as well as the highways east and west of Lawton with wide shoulders. I also like to run, and just south of Cameron there are endless dirt roads that are great for running. Of course wind is very strong at times, and usually there is a strong wind. And of course there is some cold weather and snow in the winter and the summers are really, really hot.

Lawton does have a lot of crime. Just look at the city-data crime index. Some cities of same size have like 30- 40% of the crime Lawton does. Crackheads and other suspicious individuals are something you will see a lot when you are on the streets. Many neighborhoods are ugly and have plenty of abandoned homes in bad shape. To be honest, I lived in a not-so-good area, and one of my neighbors got burglarized, people behind my home were fighting a lot, sometimes there were people hanging around and just watching, and across the street there once was a fight and a window was broken. Once I was running and a couple of blocks from my home I saw (probably) a father and his son in a fist fight. My very cheap commuter bike got stolen. The streets are in bad condition, but that has to do with the ground moving also. There are dogs running free frequently, a real nuisance when you're running or riding a bicycle. My wife got pretty badly bitten in the leg by a pit bull while walking.

So, I think Lawton is a very decent place to live as long as you are in a good neighborhood, but isn't that how it always goes? The location kinda between OKC and northern Texas is ok.

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Old 02-09-2016, 08:38 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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I'm a little late on this thread but people will still come and read this so;

I was in Lawton for almost 3 years 2012- 2014 and went to Cameron University. I was 25 when I started in Lawton and always lived off campus. Lot of people said they really hated the place (Lawton, never Cameron), most of them saying it's so boring. I never really understood what more would they want or need to maybe be happier? I never was a huge fan of the city, but Lawton has:

-so many restaurants (Billie Sim's!)
-great shopping
-clubs (don't know much about them)
-the mall
-casinos
-gyms
-Elmer Thomas Park, great for exercising outdoors and just chilling, picnics
-a very nice and fun water park in the summer
-a very nice little beach on Fort Sill with lifeguards
-Museums
-Wichita Mountains in the distance- view
-Wildlife Refuge with the Mount Scott drive is nice and peaceful
-you can also enter the huge Fort Sill and take a drive around the countryside, and the park area with tanks, cannons, missiles or whatever they are
-many lakes around for fishing, for example.
-Medicine Park by the refuge and the surrounding area is well worth visiting
-University athletics
-wading pools in the summer (I know about 4 at least)
-you can play tennis for free at Lawton HS, for example

I am a competitive cyclist and I know I will never live in a place better for cycling than Lawton, thanks to the Refuge and Fort Sill, as well as the highways east and west of Lawton with wide shoulders. I also like to run, and just south of Cameron there are endless dirt roads that are great for running. Of course wind is very strong at times, and usually there is a strong wind. And of course there is some cold weather and snow in the winter and the summers are really, really hot.

Lawton does have a lot of crime. Just look at the city-data crime index. Some cities of same size have like 30- 40% of the crime Lawton does. Crackheads and other suspicious individuals are something you will see a lot when you are on the streets. Many neighborhoods are ugly and have plenty of abandoned homes in bad shape. To be honest, I lived in a not-so-good area, and one of my neighbors got burglarized, people behind my home were fighting a lot, sometimes there were people hanging around and just watching, and across the street there once was a fight and a window was broken. Once I was running and a couple of blocks from my home I saw (probably) a father and his son in a fist fight. My very cheap commuter bike got stolen. The streets are in bad condition, but that has to do with the ground moving also. There are dogs running free frequently, a real nuisance when you're running or riding a bicycle. My wife got pretty badly bitten in the leg by a pit bull while walking.

So, I think Lawton is a very decent place to live as long as you are in a good neighborhood, but isn't that how it always goes? The location kinda between OKC and northern Texas is ok.
I'm with ya. I think Lawton gets a bad wrap. I've always really liked it.
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