Welcome to Stillwater, Oklahoma  

Stillwater is a forward-thinking city; proud of its past and alive with the youthful spirit and future-orientation of a university town and education community. Stillwater was part of the first Oklahoma Land Run held April 22, 1889, when the Unassigned Lands were opened for settlement and became the core of the new Oklahoma Territory. 

With its low crime rate and a cost of living below the U.S. average, Stillwater is consistently ranked among the nation’s top small cities for quality of life. Stillwater residents benefit from great schools and medical facilities; a vibrant downtown and quality shopping centers; numerous parks and recreational opportunities; and a wonderful public library. For additional information, visit Downtown Stillwater Cultural District.

Census Resources

As of April 1, 2022, the city population was estimated to be 48,394, making it the tenth-largest city in Oklahoma.  

Stillwater has been recognized on the following lists for its quality of life:

  • USA Today College named Stillwater one of the 25 best small college towns in the country.

  • Stillwater ranked as one of the top 100 best places to live in the U.S. (small to mid-sized cities) on Livability's 2016 list.

  • In 2015, TIME Inc./Money Magazine named Stillwater as one of the top 25 places to retire in the United States

  • In 2014, USA Today recognized Stillwater's annual Halloween Festival as one of the 10 Best Halloween Costume Parties.

  • In 2014, USA Today recognized Stillwater one of nine cities with the fastest-growing income between 2010-2012. Stillwater's income grew more than 17 percent during that time.

  • In 2013, Lumosity completed a study that found Stillwater was the No. 25 smartest city in the United States with a score of 102.59.

  • In 2012, Stillwater was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

  • In 2010, Stillwater was named the "6th Fastest-Growing Small Town in America" by Stillwater saw a growth of 8% from 2006 to 2009 as the population of Stillwater and the surrounding community rose from 73,818 to 79,727. Stillwater proper remains a jurisdiction of less than 50,000.

  • CNN/Money Magazine rated Stillwater, OK, #67 on its top 100 places to live list for 2010.

  • As home to America's Brightest Orange, Oklahoma State University is one of the nation’s most comprehensive land-grant university systems with more than 36,000 students, 7,400 employees, and campuses located in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Okmulgee. View the OSU Student profile

  • Stillwater is home to Oklahoma State University, a branch of Northern Oklahoma College, Meridian Technology Center, and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

Content last reviewed 05.12.2020.