Want to know what it’s like to live in Edmond, Oklahoma? The guide will tell you the basics about Edmond and take a deeper dive into schools, attractions, safety, and more.
If you are moving to OKC, know that Edmond is a popular choice, which is why it’s become the fifth-largest city in the state of Oklahoma. Let's start with the basics:
Edmond is known for its great public schools. It has one of the top districts in the states, and many of its schools are recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Edmond is also known for Arcadia Lake, a favorite outdoor spot for residents that has great fishing, plenty of wildlife, and multiple campgrounds to choose from.
Edmond is a great place to live! The city has a sparse suburban feel and lots of parks. It’s popular with families and young professionals. Niche.com rates Edmond as the best place to live in Oklahoma and as the best place in the state to raise a family!
Edmond is known by OKC locals as one of the safest places in the metro, but it’s also one of the top eleven safest cities in the nation! Its rate of violent crime rate is actually 71% lower than the state average. Edmond also has emergency management programs and a well-funded fire department. To learn more, check out our blog post on the safety of living in Edmond.
Edmond is 12.97 miles north of Oklahoma City, measuring from downtown to downtown. However, Edmond city limits borders alongside Oklahoma City limits. Driving along U.S. Route 66, Edmond is 14 miles from OKC, which is about a 23-minute drive, with historic site seeing opportunities along the way, such as the Round Barn and the Gold Dome.
The top employers in Edmond are Edmond Public Schools, the University of Central Oklahoma, and the City of Edmond. Targeted industries in the city include wholesale trade, light manufacturing, information, and professional services. Crest Foods is based in Edmond, as well as large hospitals, including INTEGRIS Health Edmond, OU Medical Center Edmond, and Summit Medical Center.
Edmond has one of the most educated workforces in the region, making it attractive to many businesses. More than half of its residents over the age of 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree. The unemployment rate in Edmond is just 2.9% and future job growth over the next decade is predicted to be 33.6%.
Edmond has a great selection of higher education options. The University of Central Oklahoma is the largest of the options, featuring athletic programs in football, wrestling, rowing, soccer, basketball, baseball and more. This Edmond university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as minors and certifications in a variety of fields. It has a long list of accreditations and is nationally known for its Forensic Science program. Some famous alumni to have attended UCO include all four members of the multi-platinum group Hinder, Law and Order’s actress Milena Govich, and the 2007 Miss America Lauren Nelson.
Other colleges and higher learning centers in the area include Oklahoma Christian University, Herbert W. Armstrong College, Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, and Metro Tech Health Careers Center.
Edmond has a variety of attractions, events, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. The award-winning Armstrong Auditorium hosts a performing arts series, as well as other concerts, ballet performances, and theater. Edmond’s UCO Jazz Lab is known as one of the top live music venues in the OKC area.
Outdoor recreation can include swimming at Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, outdoor biking on the Spring Creek Trail, running through the splash pad at Barnett Field, or golfing at one of Edmond’s many golf courses, including the Oak Tree where national PGA tours are hosted.
The historic downtown area has unique local shops and boutiques. The area hosts family-friendly festivals throughout the year drawing in local artists, food trucks, and entertainment.
Edmond has over 150 restaurants, including some of the top restaurants in the metro. Living in Edmond, you’ll have fabulous local food from Boulevard Steakhouse, Signature Grill, Othello’s, or Zarate's closeby. You can also cook at home with some fresh produce from the Edmond Farmers Market.
If you love the outdoors, you’ll love life in Edmond. Arcadia Lake is a great place for camping, swimming, picnicking, fishing, and hiking. The city’s parks have wonderful playgrounds, as well as baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and more.
For a full list of everything Edmond has to offer, check out the Edmond tourism website. This is also a great place to find out about upcoming events.
The cost of living in Edmond is about the same as the nationwide average, but higher than Oklahoma’s average. Let's take a deeper dive into those costs.
Housing is obviously a major cost associated with the cost of living. Thankfully you have options! Check out the new home communities in Edmond where Homes by Taber is actively building. Each community offers a different price range, and square footage rages, but each one offers Proudly Overbuilt features. When shopping homes for sale in Edmond, OK, take this Dare to Compare guide with you so you know you are comparing apples to apples.
Hear about the process of finding a new home in Edmond first-hand! The video testimonials below provide an unscripted glimpse into the lives of real people who have made Edmond their home.
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