Welcome to Durant! Small town charm and Native American heritage permeate this city in Southeastern Oklahoma. With over 17,000 residents making their home in the "Magnolia Capital of Oklahoma," Durant balances the conveniences of a larger city with the community feel of a smaller town. From historic Fort Washita to the luxurious Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant offers something for everyone.
Vision Bank has a wealth of knowledge about the community. We've been rooted in Southeastern Oklahoma since 1900 and opened our Durant office in 2006. Our employees live and work here, and we proudly support our local residents, businesses, and the Southeastern Oklahoma State University community. We love calling Durant home and can't wait to welcome you. Here's what you need to know for a successful move to Durant.
It took only a boxcar placed on the east side of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway tracks to begin occupation of the Durant townsite. In 1873 Dixon Durant built a wooden store to the east of the boxcar and named the town Durant Station. The town grew from there, and in 1882 the name was shortened to Durant. An agricultural area, the town's economy revolved around the production of wheat, peanuts, cotton, and cattle. Today the town features wholesale, retail, and light-manufacturing businesses as well as Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Average Cost of Living in Durant, OK
According to Sperling's Best Places, the overall cost of living in Durant is 19.8% lower than the national average. The median home value is $106,000, compared to the national average of $187,000. Many residents in Durant choose to rent, with a wide range of rent options available. Whether you're relocating to Durant as a college student, young family, or retiree, you'll appreciate the low cost of living.
School Districts and Education
The Durant School District offers seven schools to serve the needs of its community. The Robert E. Lee Early Childhood Center serves the pre-k students of the area. Northwest Heights Elementary and Washington Irving Elementary serve kindergarten through third grades. Students in grades 4-6 attend Durant Intermediate School and grades 7-8 attend Durant Middle School. Traditionally, students in grades 9-12 attend Durant High School, but Durant Vision Academy is an option for high challenge students or those who have previously dropped out of school. Both Durant Middle School and Durant High School receive higher than average reviews on GreatSchools.org. Southeastern Oklahoma State University calls Durant home and brings a college-town feel to the city.
Public and Private Utilities in Durant
Water: The city of Durant operates the public water and sanitation system. The town offers a convenient online payment system.
Electricity: Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE) is the state's "oldest and largest investor-owned electric utility." The Southeastern Electric Cooperative also serves the area.
Natural Gas: Oklahoma Natural Gas is the state's largest natural gas supplier.
Cable and Internet: The primary provider of cable and internet is AT&T. Internet is also provided by HughesNet, Viasat, and Rise Broadband.
Parks and Recreation
Outdoor opportunities abound near Durant. Lake Texoma is the second largest lake in the state and sprawls into Texas. Lake Texoma State Park offers swimming, camping, horseback riding, golf, tennis, and hiking. A more leisurely afternoon can be spent exploring Fort Washita. Built in 1842, the mission of the fort was to protect the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes from the Plains Indians. Fort Washita is open to visitors Wednesday - Sunday and for special events throughout the year. If sporting events are more your thing, Southeastern Oklahoma State athletics offer the college sports experience with football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and more. Whatever your taste in leisure activities, Durant has you covered.
Visit Your New Community Bank Today!
We can't wait to have you as our neighbor. Vision Bank is proud to be part of such a friendly and welcoming community. We know that moving can be stressful, and switching banks is just one of many tasks on your relocation checklist. That's why our helpful and efficient employees make it easy to open an account at Vision Bank. While you're there, pull out your list of questions about Durant - we're happy to help! Whether you need a restaurant recommendation or directions to the state park, our friendly staff is happy to share their knowledge of Durant. Visit our Durant branch today to open a new checking account, apply for a mortgage, or find solutions to all of your banking needs.