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Shawnee, OK

The county seat of Oklahoma's Potawatomi County, Shawnee is home to about 30,000 residents. Located just a half-hour's drive from Oklahoma City, Shawnee combines the benefits of access to a metropolitan area with a small-town feel and rural setting. Historic buildings, several museums, local casinos, outdoor recreation, annual events and an active community make Shawnee an attractive place to live or visit.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

The majority of Shawnee's revenue comes from manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and information services. The manufacturing industry employs about 3,000 people.

The largest employer in Shawnee is Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which operates the FireLake Grand Casino and the FireLake Grand Travel Plaza, among other enterprises. The Citizen Potawatomi Native American tribe also resides between the cities of Shawnee and Tecumseh. The tribe population numbers 26,000 and is the ninth largest in the country.

Some of the other major employers in town include Al-Ko Kober Co., APAC Oklahoma Inc., Ball Pipe and Supply, Belshe Trailer Manufacturing Inc., Central Plastics Co., Eaton Corp., Exxon/Mobil Chemical Co., Shawnee Public Schools, Unity North/South Hospitals and Wolverine Tube Co.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

The city of Shawnee accommodates a mostly urban population of more than 30,000. Neighborhoods and districts of Shawnee accommodate around 12,000 houses out of which more than 11,000 are occupied. Of the occupied houses, more than half are owner occupied while renters occupy the remainder. The median home price in Shawnee is slightly lower than the statewide median.

Downtown Shawnee still reflects its agricultural, railroad, and oil dynasty roots and continues to be a business and social hub for the city. Downtown features brick streets and historic buildings, including the Federal National Bank Building and the Masonic Building.

EDUCATION

The Shawnee Independent Public School District has eight public schools, and the city is also home to two universities:

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FAMILY FUN

Shawnee has a varied assortment of facilities for outdoor enjoyment, including many city parks (including a shooting range and a tennis complex); several golf courses (including Fire Lake, Shawnee Country Club, and Persimmon Hills); and water activities at Twin Lakes and the Wes Watkins Reservoir.

The Santa Fe Depot is the site of many special events during the year, including a Woodcarver's Festival, as well as shows featuring dolls, quilts, and Christmas ornaments.


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