If you’re planning on moving to Oklahoma City but you’re not exactly a city dweller, look to the nearby suburbs when choosing your new home. There are many options that offer painless commutes, quality public schools, reasonable cost of living and amenities that rival Oklahoma City itself. From a lively college town to a charming lakeside paradise, these six Oklahoma City suburbs have got it all. Read on to find out which one is right for you:
Located 15 miles from Oklahoma City with a population of 21,222, Mustang has the feel of a large town in its own right. Here, you’ll find an affordable cost of living with median home prices at $162,700. Mustang also has a growing school district that will soon be adding an additional elementary school, more high school classroom space and a performing arts center. A great destination for new and established families, Mustang offers 11 parks, low crime and well-maintained neighborhoods. In other words, if a classic suburban setting is what you crave, choose Mustang.
Goldsby is a great option for both young professionals and families. For families, Goldsby is attractive because of its well-rated schools including Blanchard Middle School, Purcell Junior High School and Norman High School. For young professionals, the growing job market and low 2.9 percent unemployment rate are appealing. Jobs are projected to grow by 33.1 percent over the next decade in Goldsby, so definitely consider this suburb if a commute into OKC is not for you. Speaking of which, Goldsby is located 37 miles from Oklahoma City, making it a good choice for those who wish to be a bit further from the action.
There’s something quirky about Yukon, and we like it. This suburb’s claim to fame is its annual Czech festival, the Oklahoma Czech Festival, which celebrates the area’s large Czech population with a day of polka and kolaches. But don’t worry, there’s more to Yukon than just goulash. The suburb is 17 miles from Oklahoma City and offers an affordable cost of living with median home values of $133,300, plus great parks like Chisholm Trail Park. It’s also where Garth Brooks grew up, which is pretty exciting if you love country music.
Norman and the University of Oklahoma are pretty much one in the same, so if you are a college student, are raising a future college student or just love the thought of cheering on OU, this is the place for you. Located 19 miles from Oklahoma City, Norman’s population of 123,471 residents is largely comprised of students, alumni and faculty. The college has 21,844 students. Take a stroll through the bucolic campus or head to an OU game. The football stadium draws crowds of 80,000. Keep an eye out for the Boomer Sooner wagon which takes to the field with white horses before kickoff. Norman is also known for its Jazz in June festival, its impressive Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and its casinos including Goldsby Gaming Center and Riverwind Casino.
Even though it’s just 16.7 miles from Oklahoma City, Choctaw has a great country feel. The mid-sized suburb of 12,228 residents is known for its quiet neighborhoods. Houses are spread out here, giving the feel of a vast prairie. You may find yourself driving to nearby Midwest City on occasion for restaurants and shopping, but if you like having fresh air and room to grow, that’s a small sacrifice. Take your family to Choctaw Creek Park and enjoy a disc golf course, fishing and walking trails.
If you think life is better at the lake, you’re going to love Edmond. Located 13.9 miles from Oklahoma City, this suburban community offers easy access to Arcadia Lake. Constructed by the City of Edmond and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this lake boasts 26 miles of shoreline. Head there for swimming, boating and hiking. If you love fishing, take advantage of the heated fishing pier where you can cast a line and reel in bluegill and bass. RV owner? Choose from over 140 campsites at Arcadia Lake. Edmond also features a walkable downtown with shops and restaurants plus a popular arts festival. Median home prices here are $227,900 and the school district recently received an A+ rating from Niche—the best in the state.