Posted on October 11th, 2014
For anyone looking to move into the Oklahoma City area, there are many surrounding suburbs that are great options, if the city itself isn’t quite for you. Here’s a list of the more prominent suburbs in the area, as well as a description of each one.
Edmond, Oklahoma is located on the northern border of Oklahoma City. In the 2010 census, Edmond had a population of over 81,000, making it the sixth largest city in Oklahoma. It is connected to Oklahoma City by two major highways: Route 77 and Interstate 35. There is public transportation available into Oklahoma City via Citylink Edmond bus service.
Edmond is bordered on the east by Arcadia Lake, which is a popular fishing spot containing bluegill, channel catfish, blue catfish, and largemouth bass. Twin Bridges Lake is also located in the Edmond area.
Edmond’s motto is “A Great Place To Grow,” and it made #1 on CNBC’s list of “10 Perfect Suburbs in 2011. It was also listed as one of the “Top 100 Places to Live” by Relocate America. The State Chamber of Commerce and State Industrial Development Department both deemed Edmond the most outstanding community in its class for five years running.
Top employers in the area include Edmond Public Schools and the University of Central Oklahoma. The city is home to Herbert W. Armstrong College, Oklahoma Christian University, and the University of Central Oklahoma.
Norman is located 20 miles south of Oklahoma City. It is the third largest city in Oklahoma, and it serves as the county seat of Cleveland County.
Norman is home to the University of Oklahoma. It’s economy is based strongly on higher education and related research. University of Oklahoma contains to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which is home to the largest collection of French Impressionist art ever given to a U.S. University. Norman is also home to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The National Weather Center is also located in Norman, which is one of the most tornado-prone cities in the United States. Because of this, the Storm Prediction Center, a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is also located in Norman. Even with its storm dangers, Norman was ranked as the sixth best small city to live in in the U.S. by CNN’s Money Magazine in 2007.
Norman was incorporated as a city in 1891, after being settled during the Land Run of 1889. It was named for land surveyor Abner Norman.
Yukon is a suburb to the west of Oklahoma City. It was founded in the 1890s by A.N. Spencer, and was named for the Yukon river in Alaska, and for the Yukon gold rush in Canada. Historic Route 66 runs through the town, as do state highways 4 and 92. Yukon is a smaller suburb of Oklahoma City, with a population of only 23,000.
Yukon is home to Czech Hall, which is a historic site dedicated to preserving Czech customs, heritage, and culture.
Midwest City is the eighth largest city in Oklahoma. In 1943 the city was bought by W.P. Atkinson, due to speculation that an airfield would be built nearby. The airfield was to be the Midwest Air Depot, and the city was named accordingly. The airfield was later renamed Tinker Air Force Base, which is currently the largest single-site employer in Oklahoma. This base is also the major commercial district of Midwest City. Other economic strongholds in Midwest City are the Midwest Regional Medical Center and multiple aerospace industry businesses which are affiliated with Tinker Air Force Base.
Mustang is home to the Canadian Valley Rangerettes Mounted Drill Team, who are three time USEDC National Open Drill Champions. It is one of the smaller suburbs of Oklahoma City, with a population just over 17,000. Mustang’s economy was based mostly on agriculture until the middle of the 20th century, when it became a bedroom community for Oklahoma City.
Guthrie is a city and county seat of Logan County, Oklahoma, and is located just to the north of Oklahoma City. Guthrie was the first state capital of Oklahoma, and has a collection of late 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture. The Guthrie Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The National Finals Steer Roping Rodeo is held in Guthrie. Historical tourism is a large industry for the town. The main streets of Guthrie were featured briefly in the movie Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.