Comanche was established as trade a center for the surrounding ranches in 1858. Today it is the seat of Comanche County with agricultural production including peanuts, pecans, dairies, fruit, cattle, livestock feeds, and pottery.
Comanche offers boating, camping and fishing at four parks around Lake Proctor. At the 42-acre city park, there are facilities for picnicking, swimming, hiking, and jogging.
Comanche has been named a Texas Main Street City and is on the Texas Forts Trail.