Seminole is reminiscent of many small towns in America. We have experienced the ebb and flow of population migration from rural areas to metropolitan communities and back to rural areas. During the 1970s and again in the 1990s, the population of Seminole County experienced migration gains above natural increases. Like 505 other U.S. rural counties, out-migration during the first decade of the 21st Century outpaced natural increases.
Of course, the discovery of oil in the early 20th Century produced the largest recorded population in the city’s history. Seminole bustled with the commerce of the Oil Industry and many other establishments that developed to service the industry and its workforce.
During the last century, many of those businesses, churches, schools and other institutions have remained – each cementing its legacy in Seminole’s history.
From local diners to other creative mom-and-pop establishments, small town America lives and breathes in Seminole. It is an integral part of our make-up that reinforces our less-hectic lifestyle. Sure, we know how it is to be a city-dweller and we gladly choose the country life. In Seminole, we enjoy the best of both worlds without the high cost of keepin’ up with the Joneses.
While Seminole remains a viable part of Oklahoma’s Oil Industry, gains in Manufacturing have bolstered our local economy without detracting from our landscape. Our little part of the planet is teeming with activity designed to stimulate the mind, strengthen the spirit and develop one’s character.
In Seminole, we welcome you to walk the street at night, fish at dawn, golf in the afternoon and get to know your neighbor. Just remember that Friday nights in the Fall mean Chieftain Football and we’ll all get along just fine.
Climate: Seminole is a city of about 7,000 hearty souls located in east central Oklahoma. We enjoy 231 sunny days each year and average 334 flying days annually. The average January low is 28 degrees while the average July high is 95 degrees. Average annual rainfall is 38 inches and the average snowfall is just 4.5 inches.Cost of Living: When it comes to our cost of living, we’re happy to report its just 67% of the national average.
Centrally Located: If you find yourself in need of a little faster pace, we’re an easy drive to our state’s two largest metropolitan areas – Oklahoma City is 60 miles to the west while Tulsa is 87 miles to our east.
Healthcare: The Integris Seminole Medical Center is a 32-bed, 12.4 million dollar state-of-the-art facility with 14 acute care rooms, four intesive care beds and 12 skilled nursing rooms. Built in 1999, the 64,000 square-foot complex is located on 20 acres and serves about 28,000 Seminole County residents. The J.D. Wood Clinic, physician offices and a specialty clinic are located within the hospital. Two family practice clinics are located adjacent to the Medical Center.
Education: In terms of education, Seminole has 6 primary and secondary schools with approximately 1,550 students and 110 teachers.
Seminole is home to Seminole State College and is only 15 minutes from Oklahoma Baptist University and St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee. East Central University, Ada, and the University of Oklahoma, Norman, are both within 50 miles from Seminole. The Gordon Cooper, Wes Watkins, and Pontotoc County Career Technology Centers also provide valuable occupational training and educational services to the community.
Outdoors: Get up, get out, get moving! Seminole’s answer to boredom and blues includes golfing, lake activities, parks, riding trails and more.
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Seminole offers a variety of housing options from apartment dwelling to home ownership. The median home cost is $60,000 so you’ll find something in every price range. If you need some room to roam, you’ll find plenty of land on which to build your dream home. We have member realtors and brokers at your service.