Welcome to Sulphur, the City of Springs!
As the gateway to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur welcomes you to what the Native Americans called "the land of rippling waters". Your new home features streams, lakes, mineral water swimming holes, and rolling prairie land. Located 84 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, Sulphur offers a peaceful, nature-filled retreat from the big city. Whether you're browsing Historic Main Street or swimming around Turner Falls, Sulphur is a wonderful place to call home.
Vision Bank has a wealth of knowledge about the community. We've been rooted in Southeastern Oklahoma since 1900 and opened our Sulphur office in 2012. Our employees live and work here, and we proudly support our local residents and businesses. We love calling Sulphur home and can't wait to welcome you. Here's what you need to know for a successful move to Sulphur.
Natural mineral springs brought people to the area as tourists and eventually as residents. Around 1890 Richard Sneed organized the Sulphur Springs Company. Mr. Sneed, along with company stockholders, bought land and platted the town of Sulphur. In 1895 the first post office was established. A resort town, stores and refreshment stands lined the springs. Tourists came to rest, swim, and cure ailments using the lake's mud as a topical treatment. By 1907 Sulphur had 2,935 residents. Today, Sulphur is home to around 5,000 Oklahomans.
Average Cost of Living in Sulphur, OK
According to Sperling's Best Places, the overall cost of living in Sulphur is 18.3% lower than the national average. The median home value is $90,000, compared to the national average of $187,000. An online real estate search shows a good selection of available homes at multiple price points: under $100k, under $150k, and over $200k. Sulphur is an affordable town for recent graduates, young families, and retirees.
School Districts and Education
The Sulphur School District offers four schools to serve the needs of its community. Sulphur Elementary School serves pre-kindergarten through second grades. Students in grades 3-5 attend Sulphur Intermediate Elementary School. Grades 6-8 attend Sulphur Middle School, and students in grades 9-12 attend Sulphur High School. There are around 1,500 students in grades PK-12, and the student-teacher ratio is 16 to 1 from across the state.
Sulphur is home to the Oklahoma School for the Deaf and has been since 1908 when the Governor decided to move the school from Guthrie down to Sulphur. He enjoyed vacationing in Sulphur, and it was one of the four largest cities in the state of Oklahoma during that time. OSD is the only school for the deaf in the state of Oklahoma and serves close to 400 students across the state each year. The school sits on 37 1/2 acres of land and is not only a school, but also the statewide resource center on deafness. OSD offers a variety of services to different schools across the state as well as individuals here in Murray County.
Public and Private Utilities in Sulphur
Water: The Buckhorn Rural Water District operates the public water and sanitation 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.
Parks and Recreation
Outdoor opportunities abound in Sulphur. Swim, fish, and boat in the spring-fed waters of Travertine Creek or calm Arbuckle Lake. Spend the day hiking the trails around Arbuckle Mountain and Turner Falls. Bring your horse or ATV to explore the multi-use trails at Chickasaw National Recreation Area. On Saturday evenings in the summer, the town of Sulphur presents family-friendly "Movies on the Plaza". There's plenty to explore and experience in Sulphur!
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 Sulphur - we're happy to help! Whether you need a restaurant recommendation or directions to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, our friendly staff is happy to share their knowledge of Sulphur. Visit our Sulphur bank today to open a new checking account, apply for a mortgage, or find solutions to all of your banking needs.