Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
Nestled in the rolling hills along I-44 between Oklahoma City and Lawton, Grady County offers a very productive business location and a unique rural and urban lifestyle advantage.
Grady County is located in central Oklahoma, just 45 minutes southwest of downtown Oklahoma City. It ranks as the 8th fastest growing county in Oklahoma and encompasses 1100 sq. miles.
With friendly merchants and home town atmospheres, the communities of Grady County are the perfect choice for growing a business and raising a family. Business in Grady County thrives in agribusiness, energy, manufacturing/distribution and tourism. Hundreds of farms and ranches dot the countryside.
The current population Grady County is 51,000 and it is located within the Oklahoma City MSA (pop. 1.2 million). It is adjacent to Canadian County (north) and McLain County (east), Stephens County (South) and Comanche County (SW). The Canadian River provides its northern border and the Washita River runs through the county's middle. These rivers and their tributaries contribute to its agricultural prosperity.
Interstate 44 traverses Grady County and offers easy access and a convenient transportation corridor to both Texas and Missouri and northeast markets. It is also within minutes of the of nation’s major interstate crossroad (I-35/I-40). The county is served by both the BNSF and Union Pacific railroads.
Grady County is home to Chickasha, a progressive city of 17,000 that serves as the county seat and major retail center. Other communities include: Tuttle, Rush Springs, Alex, Amber, Bradley, Minco, Ninnekah, Norge, Pocasset, Rush Springs, Tuttle, and Verden.
The county is home to one of the nation’s finest public liberal arts universities – the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) in Chickasha. The university has built a reputation for quality education and was recently named the highest-ranked public college in Oklahoma in U.S. News & World Report Magazine for the sixth straight year.
Grady County was created at statehood in 1907 and named for Henry W. Grady, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and prominent southern orator. Chickasha, the county seat, was named for the Chickasaw Indians and is known as the "Queen City of the Washita" because of its strategic location.
The area is known for its Native American and pioneer heritage – and there is plenty to do. Summer rodeos, outdoor sports and recreation, arts and antiques and holiday festivals attract tourists to the area, as does the annual Watermelon Festival at Rush Springs, "Watermelon Capital of the World."
Grady County is a member of the Greater Oklahoma City Partnership, a dynamic ten-county region of over 1.2 million and a labor force of over 600,000 workers. For current comparative information about this county please look on the menu items to the left.