Shawnee is located 35 miles east of Oklahoma City and has a strong sense of place, highlighted by its rich history and diversity. The City has a population of over 31,000 and serves as a regional hub for the surrounding predominately rural area and is also the County seat for Pottawatomie County. Shawnee is home to Oklahoma Baptist University, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, and St Anthony's Medical Center, which serves as a regional medical center. Shawnee is located within Oklahoma City’s Combined Statistical Area, which has a regional population of over 1.4 million.
Pottawatomie County has a rich history and has a population of about 72,000. It was settled by Seminole, Creek, Citizen Band Potawatomi, Absentee Shawnee, Kickapoo, and Sac and Fox Native American tribes. It was opened to settlement in the Land Run of September 22, 1891.