Quality of Life

Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the fastest growing cities in America and selected by CNN Money as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live, Stillwater is a remarkable city with quality neighborhoods, excellent schools, and low cost living. Stillwater has been ranked among America’s 100 Safest Cities and is one of the top micropolitan areas for quality of life.

Stillwater is a surprisingly international community with more than 100 countries represented at Oklahoma State University; which creates a blend of ethnic dining and shopping opportunities, normally found in much larger communities. This international attribute permeates the entire city with over 35 different languages being spoken in the local school system.

Stillwater is the state’s premier education community and the entrepreneurial hub of Oklahoma’s technology triangle. With one of the nation’s top rated public school systems, Stillwater is the home of some of the region’s finest education and training institutions, including Oklahoma State University, Meridian Technology Center and Northern Oklahoma College.


Make it Your School

Proudly known as a university city, Stillwater is home to some of the region’s finest educational and training institutions and referred to as Oklahoma’s “premier education community”. Over 48% of the population have earned at least a bachelor’s degree, making Stillwater’s population the highest educated work force in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma State University is a comprehensive research institution, totaling 35,000 students enrolled each year. Oklahoma State is dedicated to investing in the Stillwater community and the campus. In 2011, the university had over $150 million in active construction projects consisting of over $80 million in investment in research and development facilities and $73 million in quality of life projects. Currently, Oklahoma State University is focused on a $1 billion fund raising initiative that will elevate the university to new heights both academically and athletically.

Stillwater is home to one of the nation’s top rated public school systems. The high school has a graduation rate of 96% with two National merit scholars and seven other students who were finalists and semifinalists last year. In addition, Stillwater schools have 45 Oklahoma Academic scholars. The Stillwater community is devoted to investing in the school system having approved nearly $100 million in bonds for school improvements in the past six years.


Make it Your Place for Fun

Becoming a resident is only half the fun. Stillwater is home to the OSU Botanic Gardens, five local museums, and numerous unique restaurants. Five area lakes offer various activities from boating, water-skiing and fishing to camping. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy intercollegiate sports with Oklahoma State University’s athletic teams which have 50 titles to their name.

Stillwater has a thriving music scene being the birthplace to Red Dirt Music. Many Stillwater bands and musicians have started successful careers throughout the years including the Red Dirt Rangers, Stoney LaRue, All American Rejects, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Garth Brooks.

Stillwater’s downtown has a growing and vibrant night life with several wine bars, an Irish pub, sports bar, and a diverse restaurant selection. “The Strip” located near the university features restaurants and night life aimed at the young professional and college student.

Through the Vivia Locke Theatre and the Jerry L. Davis Studio Theatre, Oklahoma State University provides the community with a wide range of musical and theatrical performances. Other attractions include concerts, museums and educational programs. Stillwater’s museums focus on local, university and sporting history including a downtown art gallery featuring local artists.


Make it Your Home

The Stillwater community combines nationally recognized quality of life with a low cost of living, making it the #6 Best Small City in America. The ACCRA Cost of Living Index rates Stillwater 90% of the national average. This is driven by a relatively low cost of housing with an average house price of $131,300. Stillwater’s low cost of living is enhanced by an active community with many free festivals and events throughout the year.

Primarily recognized as a university city Stillwater offers a wide range of living accommodations including several high end apartment complexes, single family housing, and assisted living communities.

Stillwater Medical Center, centrally located for easy access from surrounding communities, is an integral part of the community with more than a dozen medical facilities under its umbrella.

The Stillwater Medical Center provides a wide range of surgery services including orthopedic, gynecology, urology, ear/ nose/throat and general surgery.

In addition, the Medical Center offers comprehensive medical services including: cardiovascular, cancer care, emergency, home health, laboratory, labor and delivery, medical supplies, radiology, rehabilitation, stroke, surgery, wellness and wound care.


Make it Your Stillwater

Stillwater offers big city amenities with a small town charm. The convenient distance to cultural and sporting opportunities sets Stillwater apart from many small communities.

Stillwater’s region is home to three botanical gardens, two zoos, an aquarium and one of the world’s largest concentrations of western artifacts. Other museums in the region highlight aerospace, music, science, history, and art.

Located only a short drive from both the WNBA Tulsa Shock and the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder, Stillwater residents have easy access to professional basketball, baseball, and hockey teams.

Having close proximity to both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa Performing Arts Centers, residents enjoy three symphonies and numerous ballets throughout the year. Stillwater residents enjoy access to two major concert venues that host multiple national tours.

Stillwater’s unique blend of quality of life and business opportunity make it the perfect place to start a family, build a business and retire comfortably. While enjoying concerts, outdoor activities, sporting events, or theater, you will learn why our community is “Oklahoma’s friendliest community.” Come and Make Our Stillwater, Your Stillwater.