The city limits are located on the northern border of Oklahoma City. Two major highways connect Edmond to downtown Oklahoma City: U.S. Route 77 (the Broadway Extension), which runs through the center of Edmond, and Interstate 35, which runs along the eastern side. Public transportation is provided by Citylink Edmond bus service.
In 2011, Edmond was #1 on CNBC's "10 Perfect Suburbs" list. Edmond was listed as one of the "Top 100 Places to Live in 2007" by Relocate America. Edmond was selected the most outstanding community in its class for five years in a row by the State Chamber of Commerce and State Industrial Development Department.
Edmond is located just north of Oklahoma City in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 87.9 square miles (228 km2), of which 85.1 square miles (220 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) or 3.19% is water. Arcadia Lake on the east side of the city is a fishing spot for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and contains bluegill, channel catfish, blue catfish, and largemouth bass. Twin Bridges Lake is a second lake in the city.
Edmond lies in the Sandstone Hills region of Central Oklahoma, known for hills, blackjack oak, and post oak. The city falls into an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers.
Edmond has a humid subtropical climate with frequent variations in weather during part of the year and consistently hot summers. Prolonged and severe droughts often lead to wildfires and heavy rainfall often leads to flash flooding and flooding. Consistent winds, usually from the south or south-southeast during the summer, help temper the hotter weather. Consistent northerly winds during the winter can intensify cold periods. Severe ice storms and snowstorms happen sporadically during the winter.
The city is located in Tornado Alley and is subject to frequent and severe tornadoes and hailstorms. The Oklahoma City metropolitan area is one of the most tornado-prone major cities in the world.
As of the census of 2010, there were 81,405 people residing in the city. The population density was 930 people per square mile (360/km2). There were 33,178 housing units in the city. Most residents self-identified as white. Less than 10% self-identified as black or African American, Native American, or Asian. A small portion self-identified as Hispanic or Latino.
The population was 48.4% male and 51.6% female. The median age of residents was 34.8 years, lower than the Oklahoma median age of 40.6 years.
The estimated median household income in 2011 was $66,535, up from $54,556 in 2000.
The Santa Fe rail line in Oklahoma Territory established a water and coaling station for steam engines at this location when the Santa Fe Railroad built into Indian Territory in 1887. The site for the station was chosen because it was the highest point on the line in Oklahoma County; train could more easily accelerate going downhill while leaving the station in either direction. The railroad then named the station for Edmond Burdick, the Santa Fe’s traveling freight agent. When the town was formed after the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, early settlers decided to adopt the name. Though most of the remnants of the old railroad infrastructure are gone, the Santa Fe, now BNSF, freight line still runs through the same course.
The town of Edmond sprang up overnight during the great Oklahoma land run on April 22, 1889, when homesteads were staked around the Santa Fe station. The original plat for Edmond was prepared by the Seminole Town and Development Company, a newly formed syndicate with ties to the railroad. Many of the original streets were named for men associated with either the Santa Fe Railroad or the town syndicate. The first mayor and city officers were elected in May 1889, and Edmond’s population was 394 in the 1890 census.
The first public schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory, completed in August 1889, is in Edmond. It still stands as a historic monument on 2nd Street between Boulevard and Broadway and is open to the public on the first two Saturdays of each month or by appointment.
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the first church opened after the land run, was located on the southwest corner of East First and South Boulevard. The congregation still exists, although not in its original building or location.
In December 1890, the territorial legislature established three universities: the state university in Norman, the agricultural and mechanical college in Stillwater, and a "normal" or teaching school in Edmond. The first classes for the Territorial Normal School (University of Central Oklahoma) were held November 9, 1891, in the Methodist Church on the southwest corner of North Broadway and West Hurd. Old North, the Territorial Normal School’s iconic first building, was opened for classes on January 2, 1893, and ahead of Oklahoma State University’s Central Hall or Oklahoma University's Science Hall.
The Edmond Sun, established by Milton W. "Kicking Bird" Reynolds on July 18, 1889, is the state's oldest continuous newspaper dating from Oklahoma Territorial days.
Edmond was the site of the post office massacre on August 20, 1986, in which 14 people were killed and six wounded by Patrick Sherrill, an ex-postman who then committed suicide. This event was the deadliest killing in a string of postal employee murder–suicides throughout the U.S that are the inspiration for the American slang term, "going postal". A memorial to the victims of the attack stands outside of the U.S. Post Office in downtown Edmond.
Edmond is the home town of Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller, America's most decorated Olympic gymnast. She won five medals (2 silver, 3 bronze) in the 1992 Summer Olympics and 2 gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Interstate 35 has been designated as the Shannon Miller Parkway from the Memorial Road exit to the Logan/Oklahoma County line.
The city was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case in which a Christian cross was depicted on the city seal, raising issues concerning the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution. In May 1996, the Supreme Court let stand a Federal Appeals Court ruling ordering the city to remove the cross from the seal. A replacement icon has yet to be agreed upon, resulting in the curiously vacant spot on the city's seal.
A memorial service for famed Oklahoman baseball player Bobby Murcer was held in Edmond on August 6, 2008, at the Memorial Road Church of Christ. Among the some 2,000 attending the memorial were Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, and current Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
In 2009, Edmond appeared on Newsmax magazine's list of the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns," a piece written by current CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. In determining his ranking, Greenberg cited the city's 10-day LibertyFest event, which includes the state's largest parade, as well as fireworks, a beauty pageant, kite festival, and rodeo.
The supermarket chain Homeland is based in Edmond. The University of Central Oklahoma, one of the fastest growing in the state, is a major employer. The city's economy is centered on technology, manufacturing, construction, wholesale, and retail trade.
According to the City's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
There are many parks in Edmond:Bickham-Rudkin Park
E.C. Hafer Park (or simply Hafer Park)
J.L. Mitch Park (or simply Mitch Park)
Meadow Lakes Park
Shannon Miller Park
Ted Anderson Park
Whispering Heights Park
Angie Debo Elementary School
Centennial Elementary School
Charles Haskell Elementary School
Chisholm Elementary School
Clegern Elementary School
Clyde Howell Elementary School
Cross Timbers Elementary School
Deer Creek Elementary School
Frontier Elementary School
Grove Valley Elementary School
Heritage Elementary School
Heartland Elementary School
Ida Freeman Elementary School
John Ross Elementary School
Northern Hills Elementary School
Oakdale Elementary School
Orvis Risner Elementary School
Prairie Vale Elementary School
Rose Union Elementary School
Russell Dougherty Elementary School
Sunset Elementary School
Washington Irving Elementary School
West Field Elementary School
Will Rogers Elementary School
Central Middle School
Cheyenne Middle School
Cimarron Middle School
Deer Creek Intermediate School
Deer Creek Middle School
Oakdale Middle School
Sequoyah Middle School
Summit Middle School
Heartland Middle School
Deer Creek High School
Edmond Memorial High School
Edmond North High School
Edmond Santa Fe High School
Herbert W. Armstrong College
Oklahoma Christian University
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond Christian Academy
Holy Trinity Christian School
Mercy School Institute
Oklahoma Christian School
Oklahoma Christian Academy
Providence Hall Classical Christian School
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School
St. Mary's Episcopal School
Cheyenne Middle School became a blue ribbon school in 2009
Deer Creek Middle School became a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2002.
Edmond Memorial High School became a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2001.
Edmond Memorial High School was named the Siemens Foundation 2007-2008 award winner for the state of Oklahoma. This award is given to one high school per state, and only .033 high schools in the nation, in recognition of outstanding performance in AP math, science, and technology.
Edmond North High School became a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2007.
Edmond Santa Fe High School became a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2012.
The city of Edmond is making efforts to promote public art with murals, stained glass and steel sculptures. On a portion of Main Street, statuary lines nearly every corner. On July 4, 2007, the City inaugurated a bronze statue of Nannita R.H. Daisey, believed to be the first woman laying claim on Oklahoma land in the first (1889) land run. In 2015 the Dave McGary sculpture of Chief Touch the Clouds was relocated to Edmond from Houston's Astrodome. The 18 foot tall, 15 foot wide sculpture is located on Second Street at the entrance of the University of Central Oklahoma.
Edmond residents have access to 57 Protestant and 2 Catholic congregations, 4 LDS Church congregations, one Unitarian Universalist church, one Islamic mosque, and one Bahá'í center.
Rugby union is a developing sport in Edmond as well as in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Edmond boasts two rugby clubs: The Edmond Rugby Club (aka "The Storm") and the University of Central Oklahoma Rugby Football Club. Engels, Saratov Oblast, Russia
Rachel Vincent, multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. UCO graduate and author of over 20 novels in the young adult and paranormal fiction genres.
Greyson Chance, Internet celebrity and recording artist who lives in Edmond
Sprinter Mookie Salaam, Professional Sprinter for Team USA, sponsored by Adidas and also won the 200m NCAA Indoor National Championship with a time of 20.41. In 2013, he won a Silver Medal for Team USA as part of the 4 × 100 m relay team at the World Championships in Moscow Russia.
Garrett Richards, Major League Baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels grew up and graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 2006
Major League Baseball player Dusty Allen (San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers) graduated from Edmond Memorial High School
Actor Jim Beaver, (star of Deadwood and Supernatural) lived in Edmond 1971-1976.
Allison Brown, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 1986, Miss Teen USA 1986
Robert Galbreath, Jr. (1863-1953), lived a short time in Edmond, where he served as deputy U.S. marshal and as Edmond's postmaster.
Shannon Miller, (b. 1977), Olympic gold medal in gymnastics (1996); has earned more Olympic medals (seven) and World Championship medals (nine) than any other American gymnast; attended Edmond North High School.
Bob Ricks, current Edmond Chief of Police and former FBI agent involved in the controversial 1993 Waco Siege
Pro wrestling superstar Charlie Haas graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1991.
National Football League player Reggie Smith graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School in 2005
Pro BMX rider, Mat Hoffman, born and raised in Edmond and has broken many world records on Edmond soil including the highest BMX vertical jump.
Several golf PGA Tour players call Edmond home, as does the well-known Oak Tree National. Edmond's golfers include Bob Tway, Doug Tewell, Scott Verplank, David Edwards and Gil Morgan.
Former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael Brown interned in the city's Emergency Management Department while receiving a B.A. in public administration/political science from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma), in Edmond. Brown was employed by the City of Edmond as the Assistant to the City Manager.
Music industry figures Mike Kennerty and Chris Gaylor of the pop rock group The All-American Rejects, and Mikaila.
New York Times best-selling author and Internet entrepreneur Joel Comm lived in Edmond from 1998-2007.
Retired Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens' noseguard, Kelly Gregg, All-State Football player and wrestler for Edmond Memorial and Edmond North.
Blake Griffin, forward for the Los Angeles Clippers graduated from Edmond's Oklahoma Christian School
Actress Hayley McFarland An American Crime, Gilmore Girls, United States of Tara, and Lie to Me grew up in Edmond.
Bill Self, head men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas, was Oklahoma Player of the Year in basketball in 1981 while playing at Edmond Memorial High School.
Ekpe Udoh, basketball forward and center with the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association
William C. Wantland, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eau Claire
Brandon Weeden, graduated from Edmond Sante Fe; drafted by the New York Yankees. Returned to Oklahoma State University where he started at quarterback. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns.
Lauren Lundeen, Miss Oklahoma USA 2012
Anita Bryant, American singer, former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner, and outspoken critic of homosexuality
Steve Zabel, NFL Linebacker and Tight-End, Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1970, resides in Edmond
Paul Blair, NFL Offensive Tackle, Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1986, graduated from Edmond Memorial High School
Oklahoma Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, owns two homes in Edmond
Brandon Whitaker, CFL Running Back, playing for the Montreal Alouettes
Johny Hendricks, UFC Welterweight Champion, graduated From Edmond Memorial High School 2002