Stillwater is located in north central Oklahoma, near the geographical center of the United States. Interstate 35 is 15 miles west of Stillwater and connects the community with Oklahoma City (50 miles south), Dallas (250 miles south) and Wichita (110 miles north). Stillwater is connected to Interstate 35 by state Highway 51, a four-lane divided highway with a 65 M.P.H. speed limit.
The Cimarron Turnpike (U.S. 64 and 412) is immediately north of Stillwater and offers quick access to Tulsa (65 miles east) and I-35.
Stillwater Regional Airport provides air service to the area including passenger and cargo flights. Named as the 2005 Outstanding Oklahoma Airport for the FAA’s Southwest Region, Stillwater Regional Airport features a 7,400-foot lighted runway, an instrument landing system, a 24-hour manned FAA control tower, a fixed base operator, as well as on-site fuel, storage and repair services. Surrounding the airport are more than 900 acres of available airport sites for future aviation and travel-related business. Stillwater is located in the center of the Aerospace Triangle between Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Wichita. Aerospace engineering and training at Oklahoma State University and Meridian Technology Center provide some of the nation’s most educated pilots and engineers. For the international traveler, Tulsa and Oklahoma City International Airports are a mere hour away.
The city is served by the Stillwater Central Railroad. Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa and the McClelland-Kerr Navigation Channel to the east provide port services. Two motor freight services provide daily transportation to meet the needs of local businesses. An additional 10 carriers provide transportation on an as-needed basis.
Public transportation in the area is provided by the OSU-Stillwater Community Transit Service. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fares are 75 cents with reduced fares available for children and seniors. Annual passes are available and students ride the buses for free with a valid student I.D.
Homebuyers will find a wide variety of styles and prices in Stillwater. Well-planned neighborhoods with tree-lined streets feature single-family homes, apartments and retirement centers, all at a cost below that of major metropolitan areas.
Stillwater’s average cost of housing was more than 20 percent below the U.S. average in 2006, according to the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association (ACCRA) Cost of Living Survey. Stillwater’s cost of living averages around 10 percent below the national average.
National studies have extolled Stillwater’s great quality of life. Stillwater was named “Dream Town, USA – #6 Best Small City in America!” by Demographics Daily online magazine, and ranked in Bizjournal’s Top 20 “Best Places to Live” in 2006. According to Safe Communities in America, Stillwater is “One of America’s Safest 100 Cities.”
With so many accolades to its name, it’s no wonder that Stillwater continues to prosper. The housing market is strong and vibrant, with the average cost of a single-family home approximately 122,000 in 2006.