Edmond is CNBC’s #1 Perfect Suburb!
CNBC recently did a report on the Top 10 Perfect Suburbs in America. They used analysts from Neighborhood Scout to find the suburbs with the best mix of affordable housing, good schools, educated neighbors, low crime, employment, and reasonable commutes. The results? Edmond, Oklahoma is #1 in the nation!
The winning communities range in size from under 5,000 population to over 100,000, in locales that include lakes, mountains, and coastlines. They’re situated near government, universities, and industries less affected by economic troubles. But they all share these outstanding attributes that bring together top amenities at enviable prices and close proximity to the most robust job markets in America.
1. Edmond, OK – suburb of Oklahoma City
2. Kensington, Maryland – suburb of D.C.
3. Circle Pines, Minnesota – suburb of St. Paul
4. Reading, Massachusetts – suburb of Boston
5. Poquoson, Virginia – suburb of Virginia Beach
6. Midlothian, Virginia – suburb of Richmond
7. Wexford, Pennsylvania – suburb of Pittsburgh
8. Round Rock, Texas – suburb of Austin
9. Morgan, Utah – suburb of Salt Lake City
10. Columbia, Maryland – suburb of Baltimore
So why is Edmond, OK so great?
Metro area unemployment rate: 4.9%
Median house value: $201,770
Safer from crime than this percent of all U.S. communities: 71%
Edmond, OK Schools
Edmond is the sixth-largest community in Oklahoma. It has better public schools than 59% of all U.S. communities, and its public schools are better than 96% of schools in the rest of the state. Just under half of Edmond’s populace holds a four-year degree (47.8%), and a majority are homeowners (69.7%).
Edmond, OK Real Estate
Edmond is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Oklahoma. With a population of 79,487 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Edmond is the sixth largest community in Oklahoma. There’s nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Edmond, you’ll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Edmond, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Edmond’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Edmond does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $54,556.
Edmond real estate is some of the most expensive in Oklahoma, although Edmond house values don’t compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Edmond, OK Employment
Edmond is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.83% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Edmond is a city of sales and office workers, professionals and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Edmond who work in office and administrative support (16.21%), sales jobs (14.37%) and management occupations (13.10%).
Edmond, OK is a College Town
Because there are quite a few people attending college in Edmond, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Edmond provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.
Not only is Edmond, Oklahoma, a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
“If you live in Edmond, you are going to have to drive to get to work,” say area residents. At least that is what most Edmond residents do (96.82%). Edmond is primarily built for cars, and driving around town will bare this out. Shopping centers, parking lots, strip malls, and wide streets are what you’ll find. Sidewalks? Sure. But not everywhere, and walking to most places can be downright scary.
Edmond Information and Demographics
Edmond is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 47.78% of adults in Edmond have at least a bachelor’s degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 19.23% with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Edmond is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Edmond home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Edmond residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Edmond include German, English, Irish and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Edmond is English. Some people also speak Spanish.