Altus is a city in and the county seat of Jackson County, Oklahoma. It was established in the late nineteenth century. It is within the Altus Metro Area, and has a total area of 17.0 square miles. 0.2 square miles of the area is water, and the rest is land. The city is between the main channel and north fork of the Red River. The water content is due to the presence of the Lake Altus-Lugert.
The Altus Air Force Base, Western Oklahoma State College and Southwest Technology Center are all located here. These are major employers in the region. A number of elementary, intermediate and high schools are located here. Park Lane Shopping Center is a local shopping center. Altus Afb Airport and Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport are local airports. Jackson County Memorial Hospital on East Pecan is the local hospital. The cost of living here is 18.90% lower than the country average.
This place gets about 26 inches of rain annually. The number of days with measurable precipitation is 66. Snowfall is about 4 inches annually.