Located in the heart of Oklahoma, just north of Oklahoma City, Edmond is considered by many to be the “Crown Jewel” of Oklahoma. As a new resident, Edmond is an exciting community that is sure to meet your individual needs.
Edmond offers outstanding hotels, conveniently located attractions, championship golf, and nostalgic shopping areas featuring the unique and antique, all with the added pleasure of beautiful public art on almost every corner.
Located on scenic Route 66, The Mother Road, Edmond places you just minutes from international attractions such as the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Remington Park horse racing, the Lazy E Arena and picturesque, historic Guthrie, just to name a few!
Edmond is host to some of the most exciting PGA, USGA and celebrity events of our time. Whether you’re a pro or a weekend golfer, over 200 holes of championship golf are only minutes from your new residency.
Edmond boasts exceptional competitive quality soccer fields, competitive ice skating facilities, and tennis court facilities with a strong history of hosting USTA satellite tournaments that feature players from around the world.
Tastefully speaking…tempt your taste buds at one of Edmond’s many restaurants. Whether it's fast-food – casual or elegantly gourmet, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in one of Edmond’s 150 plus restaurants.
Public art is featured in many outstanding life-size bronzes you’ll find on corners around town. The City of Edmond has made a conscious decision in developing the visual arts aspect of this community. The result is that treasures for the eye abound making Edmond a very special place to visit indeed.
Top Eleven Safest Cities in the Nation
The Edmond Police Department (EPD) is committed to making Edmond a safe place to live, work, and visit by providing trustworthy service.
Even though Edmond is one of the safest cities in the country, the EPD continually strives to find ways to provide new and more effective police service. The EPD's partnership with the community is a key component in keeping Edmond safe as the community continues to grow. The EPD is dedicated to keeping you informed and involved through crime prevention and personal safety education, school resource officers (SROs), an annual Citizens Police Academy, and an ongoing commitment to community relations.
The EPD values and encourages citizens who share the crime prevention responsibility that contributes to the quality of life in our city. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) numbers released in 2011, for calendar year 2010, indicates Edmond is the 11th safest city in the United States for cities about 75,000 in population when comparing violent crime rates. In the past ten years, while Edmond’s population has increased 20%, for the same time period, Edmond’s overall crime rate has dropped 4.5%. Statewide for the 10 largest cities, Edmond ranks first for having the lowest violent crime rate, the least property crimes and the least for total violent and property crimes.
Edmond is definitely deserving of its reputation for having a low crime rate and being one of the premier communities in the country.
Exceptional Fire Service
The Edmond Fire Department (EFD) is committed to the preservation of the quality of life in our community, which includes the well-being of residents, businesses, and visitors. The Edmond Fire Department strives to provide quality and efficient service while they fulfill their role to preserve life and property and to promote community safety.
The EFD operates out of five geographically-sensitive locations, in order to respond rapidly when needed. EFD maintains a high standard of training and education for employees and focuses on utilizing cutting edge technology that allows the department to better serve you.
City of Edmond Competitive Utilities
The City of Edmond provides complete utility services, including electric, water, sewer (wastewater), solid waste (trash)collection, and stormwater services. The services are provided at very competitive rates and in compliance with all State and Federal standards. View Utility Rates.
All of the services are billed by the Utility Customer Service office and are combined into one convenient monthly bill with multiple payment options, including online and a drive thru service.
Edmond Electric is municipally-owned, or owned by our community. Edmond Electric employees are your friends and neighbors; the Board of Directors is your City Council, and our residents are the stockholders. Our profits support vital city services such as police, fire, streets, and parks. Because of Edmond Electric’s support, our community maintains a high quality of living, yet has one of the lowest sales tax rates in the state for a city our size. Additionally, Edmond Electric provides outstanding reliability at the lowest rates in the metro!
Edmond Electric's mission is to provide high-quality electric service at a competitive price responding to our customers' needs with trustworthy service.
Edmond Electric Let's Grow Together
Edmond’s award-winning Water Resources Department is comprised of two divisions: Water Production and Wastewater Treatment. Edmond has two primary sources of water and one secondary source. Surface water from Arcadia Lake and groundwater from the Garber-Wellington Aquifer are Edmond’s primary sources of water. During heavy usage months, potable (drinkable) water is purchased from the City of Oklahoma City as a secondary source of water.
Edmond’s Water Treatment Plant is the most sophisticated in Oklahoma and incorporates a variety of technologically advanced systems including:
• Granular activate carbon filtration
• Lime softening
The plant has a new state-of-the-art monitoring and control system for the plant and wells that allows the operators to look at, and record, real-time data for water quality and volume throughout the system - right from the control room at the plant.
Edmond’s facility, which treats water from Arcadia Lake, is designed to treat 12 million gallons per day (MGD). It is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Solid Waste (Trash)
The Solid Waste Services Division of Edmond Public Works provides residential households and commercial establishments with efficient, cost effective waste collection and disposal. Services include weekly waste collection, curbside recycling, monthly bulk collection, and collection and disposal of city-coded bags.
The City of Edmond privately owns and operates a Transfer Center which is a facility where solid waste is transferred from the regular collection trucks and combined into large semi-trailer trucks to reduce the cost of transportation to the landfills for disposal. Edmond Public Works Authority (Solid Waste Services) is the primary user, but the transfer facility is open for use by others and offers a discounted rate for Edmond residents.
Parks and Recreation
Edmond's parks are premier places for families to play and neighborhoods to interact. You can take a walk on a trail, enjoy a live concert under the trees, or watch a live musical performance under the stars at the Mitch Park amphitheater. You can also escape the summer heat and watch a family-friendly movie from your float in Pelican Bay Aquatic Center.
With a variety of programs, events, and classes each quarter there is something for every member of your family. Step outside, stay active, and enjoy the benefits of Edmond's parks! To view current programs, click here.
Citylink Edmond Transportation
Citylink, Edmond’s fare-free public transportation service offers several local routes, citywide paratransit service and 12 daily trips to Downtown Oklahoma City. The transfer center is located in beautiful Downtown Edmond at the Festival Market Place. All buses are equipped with bicycle racks and wheelchair lifts and some with Wi-Fi access for those on-the-go riders. Citylink drivers are exceptionally friendly and each bus utilizes cleaner, alternative fuels. To view Citylink bus schedule, click here.
Edmond Public Schools
Students in the Edmond Public School (EPS) District score well above the state and national average in the ACT Composite Test averaging a composite score of 23.4. In addition, their overall Academic Performance Index is the highest among 6A districts statewide.
Along with great students comes distinguished teachers and administrators. there are 113 Edmond Public School educators that hold the distinction of being named National Board Certified Teachers and 7 administrators have been named National Distinguished Administrators.
The EPS District has produced more than 30 State High School Championship teams since 2005 with its highly competitive athletics department.
When it comes to community involvement, Edmond Public Schools boast exceptional community support with 53 consecutive bond issues being passed over a period of 51 years.
Edmond Economic Development Authority
While Edmond continues to add to its quality of life with new restaurants, shopping centers and medical establishments, Edmond’s cost of living remains low. The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) participates in the ACCRA Cost of Living Survey, which measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in more than 300 cities in America. ACCRA looks at six main categories: grocery items, housing, utilities, healthcare, transportation and miscellaneous goods. The average for all participating areas equals 100 percent. Edmond’s 2011 Annual Average was 92.5 percent, well below the national average.
Compare that to Bellingham, Washington, a city with many similarities to Edmond, Oklahoma:
· Both are near larger cities: Bellingham is located approximately 90 miles outside of Seattle; Edmond is located approximately 15 miles outside of Oklahoma City.
· They have similar populations: Bellingham has a population of 79,961. Edmond has a population of 83,019.
· Both have educated workforces: 39.9% of Bellingham’s residents age 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree; 47.3% of Edmond’s residents age 25 and older have at least a bachelor’s degree.
· Where the two cities differ is cost of living. Bellingham’s 2011 Annual Average was 113 percent, well above the national average. And 20.5 percent above Edmond’s cost of living.
That means if you want to have a breakfast of eggs, toast and coffee, you would have to spend $8.64 in Bellingham, but just $7.29 in Edmond. Want to see a movie? $10.44 in Bellingham, only $8.42 in Edmond. And getting around Edmond’s 90 square mile city limits will cost you $3.30 per gallon of gas compared to Bellingham’s $3.65 per gallon.
Simply stated, Edmond is a city where residents’ dollars go farther.
If you are considering a move to Edmond, the EEDA provides a Cost of Living Calculator, this tool shows how much you will need to make in Edmond to maintain your current lifestyle. Using the example of Bellingham: A person making $50,000 in Bellingham would need to make approximately $39,500 in Edmond to maintain a similar lifestyle. The calculator also provides comparisons between the cost of certain miscellaneous goods in other cities and Edmond.
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