The Top Google Search for Lawton this Year Was… Unexpected
How many times throughout the year do you hop on Google and search "(something) near me?"
Odds are, if you're under 40, you do that quite often. If you're not under 40, you're technologically inclined. If you've never searched that way, it's time you learn a new trick.
Example: If you were looking for a hippopotamus in the greater Lawton area and simply searched "Hippopotamus," it will simply return results about hippos... Species identification, a Wikipedia page, tons of pictures, etc... But if you searched "Hippopotamus Near Me," Google would tell you the closest place you could see a hippo.
It reads like hyperbole, but "hippopotamus near me" was an actual trending search in the greater Lawton area. No lie. We were also all looking for a good Tom Collins in 2022 too, a classic and delicious cocktail.
While Google is cool enough to provide the metropolitan areas of America - OKC, Tulsa, Dallas, etc - Lawton is a little on the small side. We have a healthy population of people, but when it comes to consolidating information, we were lumped in with Wichita Falls, Texas, as one big happy group of people.
Honestly, the towns are so similar to each other, I don't think anyone would really take issue with that.
Here is what Lawton and Wichita Falls were collectively looking for the most in 2022.