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Shawnee Relocation Guide

Considering a move to Shawnee, OK? Conveniently located near Oklahoma City, we offer our residents small town charm with big city conveniences. Shawnee has a population of over 31,000 and serves as a regional hub for the surrounding rural area. We're also the county seat for Pottawatomie County.

Vision Bank has a wealth of knowledge about the community. We've been rooted in East Central Oklahoma since 1901 and opened our Shawnee bank in 2009. Our employees live and work here. As fellow students, parents, and neighbors, we are proud to serve local students and faculty from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. We love our community and can't wait to welcome you to your new home. Here's what you need to know for a successful move to Shawnee.

Shawnee's History

Opened by a land run in 1891, four individuals, Etta B. Ray, Henry G. Beard, James T. Farrall, and Elijah A. Alley, each staked a quarter section in the proposed city. After much discussion, the town was named Shawnee after the American Indian tribe. Etta Ray and Henry Beard soon married and built the first house in Shawnee. In 1895, the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Gulf Railroad arrived in Shawnee. The town began to experience major growth, spurting from 350 residents in 1894 to 2,500 in 1896. Today Shawnee has a population of over 31,000.

Average Cost of Living in Shawnee, OK

According to Sperling's Best Places, the overall cost of living index in Shawnee is 90.6, which is lower than the national average of 100. Housing is especially affordable, with a median home price of $120,000. Whether you're relocating to Shawnee as a recent college grad, a young family, or a retiree, you'll appreciate the low cost of living.

School Districts and Education

Multiple school districts serve the city of Shawnee. Shawnee Public Schools offer an early childhood center, three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative high school. Bethel Public Schools, and North Rock Creek Schools offer lower elementary, upper elementary, middle, and high schools. Bethel and North Rock Creek schools are highly rated on GreatSchools.org.

Public and Private Utilities in Shawnee

Water: The City of Shawnee provides water, sewer and sanitation services to residents. The town offers a convenient option to pay your utility bill online.

Electricity: Oklahoma Gas and Electric or Canadian Valley Electric is your electricity provider.

Natural Gas: Oklahoma Natural Gas is the state's largest natural gas supplier.

Cable and Internet: The primary providers are AT&T, Viasat and Vyve.

Parks and Recreation

Shawnee is a wonderful place to spend time outdoors. The town maintains 610 acres of green space and 36 parks. Shawnee Twin Lakes has 25 miles of shoreline, and residents enjoy fishing, boating, and camping around the lakes. On a hot day, nothing beats Shawnee Splash Water Park. The water park features a shallow play area, regulation pool area, sprayground, diving area, climbing wall, slides, 1m & 3m diving boards, and more. For indoor fun, come to the municipal auditorium and learn to play pickleball or take an exercise class at the community center.

Visit Your New Community Bank Today!

Welcome to Shawnee! We are proud to be part of such a friendly community and look forward to meeting you. 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 Shawnee - we're happy to help! For recommendations of parks or restaurants, our friendly staff is available to share their local insight. Visit our Shawnee bank today to open a new checking account, apply for a mortgage, or find solutions to all of your banking needs.