Community Overview

Located in the heart of Oklahoma, Purcell is a charming community providing a relaxed lifestyle and a quality home for business and industry.

The growing city of 6,401 is ideally situated along Interstate 35, just ten minutes south of Norman and the Greater Oklahoma City metro (pop 1.4 million). It is the county seat of McClain County ; is at the center of a micropolitan trade area, including the communities of Washington, Goldsby, Lexington and Wayne; and just 175 miles from the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

Business Advantages
Purcell is ideal for light manufacturing, distribution and commercial/retail development. The town and its surrounding communities are both suburban and agricultural, with much employment in agriculture and other non-farm major employers in the area including Tinker Air Force Base – the nation’s largest jet engine maintenance facility. There are also strong ties to nearby Norman and The University of Oklahoma – home to 21,000 students and an extensive research park.

Key location advantages include an available, productive labor force (60,000 in 30 mile radius), low cost of doing business, AMTRAK service to Fort Worth and Oklahoma City, and premier industrial and technology training programs at nearby Lexington and Mid-America Career Techs. The newly announced 830-acre Gateway Business Park development also offers several choice sites for commercial, manufacturing and warehouse/distribution along Interstate 35.

Quality of Life
Nestled in the bluffs overlooking the South Canadian River, Purcell has a unique and rich history. Founded as a railroad town in 1887, Purcell has served as a major agribusiness area and the center for the state's equestrian industry. The Chickasaw Nation also is located within the region, and is a major supporter of business and industry.

Purcell offers a cost of living that is 18% below the US avg., has little congestion, and is home to one of the state’s top public school systems (including a new $14 million high school campus).

Purcell’s historic main street hosts thriving businesses, including several great restaurants, antique dealers, bed and breakfasts, and gift shops. Recreational opportunities abound, including: championship golf, horse ranch tours, fishing and boating on Purcell Lake, nearby winery and NHRA track. Major NCAA and professional sports are accessible in nearby Norman and Oklahoma City.

Community Contact

Dale Bunn, City Manager
City of Purcell
230 West Main St.
Purcell OK 73080
Phone: (405) 442-8201


Elisabeth Baker, Executive Director
Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce
220 W. Main St. 
Purcell OK 73080
(405) 527-3093

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