Ardmore is a business, cultural and tourism city in and the county seat of Carter County,Oklahoma, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 24,283,with an estimated population of 24,950 in 2013. The Ardmore micropolitan statistical areahad an estimated population of 48,491 in 2013. Ardmore is located 90 miles (140 km) equidistant from Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, at the junction of Interstate 35and U.S. Highway 70, and is generally considered the hub of the ten-county region of South Central Oklahoma, also known by state tourism pamphlets as "Arbuckle Country" and "Lake and Trail Country". Ardmore is situated about 9 miles (14 km) south of the Arbuckle Mountains and is located at the eastern margin of the Healdton Basin, one of the most oil-rich regions of the United States.
Ardmore was named after the affluent Philadelphia suburb and historic Pennsylvania Main Line stop of Ardmore, Pennsylvania, which was named after Ardmore, Ireland, by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873. The name "Ardmore" is Gaelic, signifying high grounds or hills.
Location in the state of Oklahoma
Being home to many pioneers in the dawn of the American oil industry, Ardmore has been blessed with riches far beyond most cities of its size, as well as the colorful past that often accompanies such "instant" wealth. The wealth has been channeled into many philanthropical endeavors, as well as reinvested into the area in various art and infrastructure endowments.
The Ardmore Masonic Lodge is one of the oldest civic organizations in Ardmore.
Ardmore is home to the Ardmore Higher Education Center (a consortium-model system of higher education) which offers courses and degreesto the local population from four participating institutions of higher education: Murray State College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University,East Central University and Oklahoma State University (from the Oklahoma City campus).
Ardmore City Schools and Plainview Public Schools operate public schools in Ardmore.
Ardmore-Oak Hall Episcopal School is one of only three Episcopal diocesan schools in the state of Oklahoma.
Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, a career and technical education school for high school, college and adult continuing education in technology and career development, is run by the state of Oklahoma with taxpayer assistance. It also serves as a training facility for the TASO (Training Alliance Services of Oklahoma) in which businesses train their employees to help perform their jobs better with better training.