The word Lawton, means 'from the town on the hill'. We are proud of our town on a hill, the home to over 1,000 community-minded individuals who welcome you to come for a visit or stay for a lifetime. Our town was founded on the spirit of being a good neighbor. It's the kind of town where you know you can count on those around you to enjoy life together and support each other. Welcome to our town, we're happy to meet you!
The City of Lawton is located on the western edge of Iowa in Woodbury County. We are just seven miles east of Sioux City, Iowa, with Highway 20 running along the southern edge of greater Lawton.
Originally the name of our town was Truxton. According to clippings from the Moville Mail back in November of 1901, an area farmer, Joseph Law, claimed to have naming rights of the city granted to him by the Railroad. At the time he deeded the property over to the town, the town was renamed "Lawton". Lawton celebrated her Centennial in June of 2004. A complete history of Lawton has been compiled in the Lawton Community History book.
The 2010 census lists the population of Lawton at 908. We are considered a "bedroom community" with our close proximity to Sioux City. Many new homes have been built within the past decade, and several more are currently being built. Our population increased by over 30% this past decade.