If you’re looking to live near Oklahoma City but don’t want traffic, crowds and everything else that comes along with being in an urban environment, why not check out Yukon? The city of 40,476 is just a hop, skip and a jump away and serves as the perfect jumping off point for those who prefer suburbs to city blocks but still want to be close to the action. Located along historic Route 66, Yukon is a highly-rated community that boasts a reasonable cost of living and unexpected amenities like a massive Czech festival and a Clydesdale farm (more on both of those in a minute).
Read on to learn everything you need to know about Yukon, and when you’re ready to make your move, rent a storage unit online to make the process easier.
Yukon is a Bedroom Community to Oklahoma City
One of Yukon’s best features is its proximity to Oklahoma City. Simply get on I-40 east and you’ll be in the city in just 17 miles. Enjoy the safety and peace and quiet of Yukon and then commute to Oklahoma City for work or head there for museums like the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, great restaurants and shopping plus aquatic adventures on the Oklahoma River.
Cost of Living in Yukon
Most Yukon residents are homeowners, but the small city offers great options for renters too. Move here and you can enjoy middle class living and a wide variety of home options, including apartments that rent for around $955 and median home values at $133,300. The median income in Yukon is $63,651.
Yukon is the Czech Capital of Oklahoma
Yukon is perhaps best known for its annual Oklahoma Czech Festival, which began back in 1966 as a much smaller festival designed to preserve the traditions of the area’s Czech people. Since its beginning, the festival has grown into a huge day-long celebration that draws thousands of people to Yukon for parades, polka music, dance performances, vendors, cuisine and more. An estimated 2,500 kolaches (a Czech dessert pastry) are consumed by noon. The festival is traditionally held in October.
Mild Weather in Yukon
If you’re not a fan of snow and ice, you’ll enjoy Yukon’s mild climate. Invest in some shorts and tank tops—and a great AC unit—come summer, when temperatures reach the 80’s and 90’s and humidity spikes. In the spring, rain is common, and in the winter you can expect cooler temperatures.
Everyone Loves Chisholm Trail Park
Yukon’s Chisholm Trail Park is one of the city’s most popular parks. Stop by and spend the day and you’ll see why. Located in the center of town near Mulvey’s Pond, Chisholm Trail Park offers walking trails, gazebos, a pavillion and wide open space. The park really shines during the holiday season, when an annual Christmas light display provides a festive environment for the community to gather.
Garth Brooks Once Called Yukon Home
The city’s most famous resident is country legend Garth Brooks. Although Brooks was born in Tulsa, he grew up in Yukon and is so ingrained in the city’s identity that he has a street named after him and his name is emblazoned on the water tower. In 1991, Yukon held a ceremony in his honor at Yukon High School, during which Mayor Jerry Sheldon declared March 16 Garth Brooks Day. We suggest celebrating by buying a cowboy hat and dancing to “Friends in Low Places.”
Hang Out with Clydesdales in Yukon
Garth Brooks isn’t the only celebrity who has graced Yukon. The city’s Clydesdales are also pretty famous. Meet them at Express Ranches, where you can take a tour of the stables and learn about the history of the horses. Most importantly, you can meet the Clydesdales themselves. These horses weigh up to 2,300 and are known for being quite gentle. Express Ranches offers free tours to school groups, making this a great activity for Yukon children.