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A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
Sometimes it’s just nice living in a place that’s close to everything. Where whatever you need—groceries for the week, a new pair of heels, a night on the town—can be found just minutes outside your front door. That’s Ardmore.
Wander the hushed aisles of a bookstore or settle in with a bucket of popcorn at the theater. Browse name-brand merchandise at familiar retail outlets or scope out the latest produce at the farmer’s market. Put on your Sunday best for date night or throw on some flip-flops and sunscreen for a day at the waterpark. You’ll find a little bit of everything in Ardmore. And while it may be a little more fast-paced than rural life, it’s just close enough to city life without having to deal with things like city traffic.
If you are, however, craving that big-city excitement, Ardmore’s location on I-35 makes it an easy launching pad for a trip to Denton, about an hour south, or a night in OKC’s Bricktown about two hours north.
If you want to be close to where the fun’s at, then Ardmore life is for you.
● Average household income: $47,860*
● Population: 24,698*
● Average property value: $107,400*
● Average monthly rent: $790*
● Average cost of living: 72.4/100 (about 28% cheaper than the national average)†
A BRIEF HISTORY
Ardmore began in 1887 as a trading hub along the tracks of the Santa Fe Railway, where local farmers and ranchers loaded cattle and sold cotton. It was named by a Santa Fe crew foreman after Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where he had previously worked.
Ardmore now serves as the county seat for Carter County. It spans at total of 51.8 square miles and maintains a thriving arts and culture scene.
Established in 1899, Ardmore City Schools is home to six public schools that serve over 2,800 students.* Its schools include:
● Will Rogers Elementary (PK – K)
● Lincoln Elementary (1st – 5th)
● Jefferson Elementary (1st – 5th)
● Charles Evans Elementary (1st – 5th)
● Ardmore Middle School (6th – 8th)
● Ardmore High School (9th – 12th)
Ardmore is also home to University Center of Southern Oklahoma, a unique campus that offers programs from Langston University, Murray State College, and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. This convenient consolidation allows Ardmore residents to pursue a higher education from the comfort of their own neighborhood.
*According to Oklahoma School Report Cards.
EXPLORE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Whether it’s indoor adventures or outdoor escapes, the perfect day in Ardmore can be found by just about anyone.
Lake Murray State Park is less than 10 minutes away and offers the perfect escape for any outdoorsman with camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, golfing, and more! Explore the rich history surrounding Lake Murray at Tucker Tower, a visitor’s center and museum featuring its own Nature Center and breathtaking views of the lake. Or take the kids out for a fun-filled afternoon of waterslides and putt-putt golf at Lake Murray Water Sports.
Established in 1914, Dornick Hills Golf & Country Club lies on the northern outskirts of the city and has been ranked among the top five courses in Oklahoma on several occasions throughout the years. But if you don’t want the commitment of a membership, you can always perfect your swing on the Bermuda fairways of Lakeview Golf Course, featuring 18 holes in a championship setting.
Of course, there are plenty of ways to seek your thrills indoors. Unleash your inner Sherlock at Urban Escape Rooms and put the pieces together before your time runs out. Or hit pay dirt close to home at Gold Mountain Casino, where you’ll find nearly 300 slots with ‘round-the-clock excitement.
If arts and culture are what move you, Admore has a wealth of entertainment to gratify your needs. Delve into the captivating stories of South-Central Oklahoma before it was ever marked on a map at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum. Take in the exhibits at Marvin’s Place Art Gallery, featuring prominent and local artists. Or catch a slice of life on Broadway during a local performance at The Goddard Center, a non-profit arts organization.
With places like The Clubhouse and Good Time Lanes right around the corner, the opportunities for a day of family fun are virtually endless! Race the kids through the twists and turns of the go-kart track and scream your lungs out as you soar through the air on a zip line over The Clubhouse. Or go old-school with a night of pizza and pins at Good Time Lanes bowling alley.
Ardmore also has a host of great ways to connect with your community. Browse the freshest produce harvested from the fertile soil of South-Central Oklahoma while supporting local, independent farmers at the Ardmore Farmer’s Market. And don’t miss the breathtaking spectacle of twinkling art set to the tunes of your favorite holiday carols at the annual Ardmore Festival of Lights every Christmas.
LOVE AT FIRST BITE
Relax on the patio with a plate of mustard-crusted salmon from Cafe Alley, operating from a renovated brick building since 1986. Spice up your night with the authentic Mexican dishes and handcrafted margaritas at Potrillos Mexican Restaurant. Send your taste buds on a trip to the South Pacific at Sakura, a sushi bar and hibachi grill offering impeccable service. Sample the upscale bar food or craft beers from the impressive wall of taps at Mill Street Tavern, featuring live music by up-and-coming artists and local favorites. And indulge in the mouthwatering prime rib or fresh lobster tails at Fireside Dining, a premium steakhouse tucked into the tree-lined landscape near Lake Murray.
Once Ardmore is your home, you’ll have plenty of time to try them all!