Why Chickasha?

Built For Business

Infrastructure

Getting product to market is easy with a location that is central to both Oklahoma and the Nation at large.

  • 35 minutes to Will Rogers International Airport
  • Chickasha Municipal Airport
  • Union Pacific and Stillwater Rail Lines
  • Immediate access to US Highway 81 and Interstate 44
  • 35 minutes from Oklahoma City and Norman
  • 3.5 hours to Dallas
  • 5.5 hours to Kansas City
  • Close access to both I-40 & I-35

Local Expertise

CEDC actively partners with local developers and contractors to expedite construction for new and leased properties throughout Chickasha.

  • New Market Tax Credit Areas
  • Hub Zone, Enterprise Zone, Opportunity Zone, Foreign Trade Zone
  • Chickasha Economic Development Council Owned Acreage
  • Acreage at the Airport Industrial Park
  • New Housing Development + Planned Housing Development
  • New 300,000 Square Foot Retail Center

Heatmap of visits to Walmart in Chickasha

Large Trade Area

While Chickasha proper has less than 17,000 residents, its central location at the crossroads of several highways means it serves consumers in a much wider trade area. Walmart in South Chickasha alone served an estimated 216,500 customers from Oct. 2020 through Sept. 2021, and over 42% of visits came from 10 or more miles away (see map at right, click to expand). People in the surrounding rural area come to Chickasha to shop to avoid the traffic and crowds of the OKC metropolitan area.

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).

#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.

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

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”

Canadian Valley Technology Center

2019 Recipient of the National Technical Honor Society Silver Star of Excellence

Community

Chickasha is warm and welcoming by nature. We would love to help your family and your businesses feel at home, and find success, in an ever-growing and thriving community.