quality of lifePonca City is known for its hometown charm. Even if it is not your home town – it will feel like it in a short amount of time. It is centrally-located between 3 major metros (Wichita, OKC and Tulsa) gives you access to so much without the traffic of a large metro. Easy access to Ponca City’s over 30 parks, 2 lakes nearby, many frisbee golf courses and walking trails make it the perfect place to call home.
Ponca City has a strong community mindset with over 300 nonprofits and endless ways to be involved. The events and fundraisers give us things to do almost every weekend. Herb Fest that funds Survivor Resource Network brings in 10,000 people a weekend in June, Oktoberfest helps to fund the Marland Mansion, which is a beautiful and historic tourist attraction. A full listing of events, restaurants and more can be found at VisitPoncaCity.com.
There is also a strong innovation culture that is from the top down. PCDA has been using innovation strategies from inception, including their newest venture with City Central. The City of Ponca City shows progressive strides with the fiber to home initiative. Pioneer Technology Center offers an SBC-approved business incubator, and along with the PCDA’s Link Co-Working space, the Inventors and entrepreneur network and is growing more robust and exciting each day.
schoolsPONCA CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL
SUPERINTENDENT - Shelley Arrott
2019 Enrollment - 4,867
PHONE - (580) 767-8000 Ponca City Public Schools is a fabulous partner with PCDA. The “Once a Wildcat always a Wildcat” makes each alumnus have a sense of pride in the Wildcat Way.
Even if you were never a wildcat – you can easily be an adopted member of the family by several ways. The incredible newly turfed football field welcomes fans, the local rotary club passes out dictionaries to every third-grade class, the state-of-the-art concert has 3-tiers of seating for optimal viewing, and many other ways to get involved and become an honorary wildcat.The 8 neighborhood elementary schools, 3 middles schools and one beautiful and historic high school building create a wonderful place for your family to learn.
The ratio of students to teachers is about 18 students to one teacher so the interaction and relationships are able to be formed.*
There are also several wonderful private school options with St. Mary’s catholic school, First Lutheran, and the Central Baptist Academy.
EW Marland, owner of Marland Oil, built Ponca City’s first hospital system as a benefit for his employees. Ponca City has benefitted by this for almost a century now, through many different hands, mergers, and buildings, the Ponca City hospital still proudly serves our community on the corner of 14th Street and Hartford Ave.
Many advanced practices are available locally, along with a group of practitioners that practice medicine outside of the hospital while still being under that umbrella for a seamless healthcare system that will serve you well.
COST OF LIVINGOne of the things that Ponca City, Oklahoma boasts about is our low cost of living. While you may have to drive a little bit for some of the big box stores, you gain much more in quality of life and savings to your pocketbook. PCDA participates in a national survey each quarter that measures the cost of living in different areas of the US. Ponca City has always landed in the 80%’s for it’s cost of living measured against other communities – this reads as it’s about 20% cheaper to live in Ponca City. Now your only question should be, what will you do with that other 20% of your income?
Homes & rentalsThe neighborhoods in Ponca City are diverse with historic large homes mixed with smaller ranch styles on many of the neighborhood streets. The trees were large, some of the streets are bricked, to the west you can look over the lake or the river, to the north you can be close to hubbub of retail and restaurants. No matter your style, you can find it in Ponca City.
If your preference is to rent, we also have fabulous facilities and homes to rent. As of March 2021, the average apartment rent in Ponca City, OK is $321 for a studio, $475 for one bedroom, $635 for two bedrooms, and $911 for three bedrooms.
arts & culturePonca City’s art aficionados have been hugely influenced since the early 1900’s. EW Marland’s collections, Lew Wentz, The Matzene collection which is now housed at the Ponca City Library have been pivotal to the art’s culture in our area. In the 1970’s a group of artists created the Ponca City Art Association, now City Arts, which hosts the longest running Art Festival in Oklahoma.
A new generation of artist and art lovers are continuing this pathway by creating the Grand Art’s district, run by Ponca City Main Street. Making a large focus of many downtown initiative public art and art centric activities. The first downtown Art Crawl was hosted in 2020 and will be continued on an annual basis.
A grassroots community project to paint a mega mural on the grain elevator located in downtown Ponca City was completed in early 2020 and is slated to begin in 2021 which will also bring much needed facelift to a Ponca City staple.
Ponca City Public Schools passed a bond issue in 2017 to fund a state-of-the-art concert hall for all singing and instrumental performances in the school system. This also freed up space for the theatre program to ramp up their production schedule.
The historic Poncan Theatre houses not only a hand painted movie poster collection from the early 1900’s but also a production troupe for young actors, called Evan’s Children’s Academy.
Together these art programs in Ponca City make up the culture that will continue to value arts and culture in our next generation.
annual eventsPonca City has unique annual events including motocross races, Pow Wows, Herb festival, an Art Festival, a PRCA 101 Wild West Rodeo, Brewfest, car shows, Oktoberfest, as well as many golf tournaments, cook-offs, fishing events, parades, live theatre, concerts, monthly fly-in breakfasts and various holiday events!
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