Built For Business
The city of Chickasha itself is home to just over 16,000 people, but serves a much larger trade area (see image at right, click to expand). People from up to 30 miles away drive to Chickasha on a regular basis to shop at retailers that may not serve their area, and avoid the traffic of the OKC metro area. This trade area has a population of over 89,000. See the full breakdown and methodology of our trade area calculation.
Large Labor Market
Similarly, Chickasha attracts workers from a considerable distance. In 2018, 57 percent of employees in Chickasha drove 10 miles or more to work; 40 percent commute over 25 miles (OnTheMap). With our low traffic, a 15-mile commute takes only 15-20 minutes, and we attract a considerable amount of workers from Oklahoma City, Norman, etc. The total labor force within 30 minutes of Chickasha is nearly 114,000 (JobsEQ).
For more information on our retail trade area or workforce, contact Research Analyst Matt Brooks.
Getting product to market is easy with a location that is central to both Oklahoma and the Nation at large.
#2 in Talent Attraction among Small Counties
Emsi Burning Glass’ annual Talent Attraction Scorecard (2021) ranked Grady County #2 in the Small Counties (5k-99k) category, up 814 spots from 2020. This ranking is based on IRS migration data, regional competitiveness, job growth (overall and skilled), job openings per capita, and educational attainment. The rapid growth is attributed in the report to population growth in the “Tri City” area just north of Chickasha, as well as graduates from the nearby University of Oklahoma and Chickasha’s own Science & Arts choosing to stay in the area.
Ranked Among The Best States For Business + Lowest Cost Of Doing Business In The Nation
2nd Least Expensive State for Doing Business
Tipalti Approve ranked Oklahoma 2nd (8.16/10) in its business cost index report for 2021, which accounts for wages, electrical and internet costs, and corporate income taxes.
Oklahoma has the best unemployment insurance tax structure — for four consecutive years
Based on weighing “the actual rate schedules in effect in the most recent year, and the statutory rate schedules that can potentially be implemented at any time depending on the state of the economy and the UI fund.” — The Tax Foundation, 2018
Oklahoma has the second lowest property and corporate income taxes per capita
Oklahoma collects less than half of the national average in property taxes per capita and the second lowest corporate income tax, at $40 per capita. — The Tax Foundation, March 13, 2019
Oklahoma has the lowest retail electricity rates in the U.S.
S&P Global Market looked at residential, commercial and industrial electricity rates across the country and reported that customers in Oklahoma paid the lowest retail rates. — June 21, 2019
Top-Ranking Training & Education Programs
The Chickasha workforce has access to some of the country’s most sophisticated and well recognized training programs, technology centers, and universities delivering a customized education platform to benefit both new and expanding companies.
2020 US News Best Colleges: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is ranked #164-#215 in National Liberal Arts Colleges. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.
2014 Kiplinger (Washington D.C. based financial institution) recognized the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as “Best College Values Under $30,000”