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City of Yukon: Growing Fast While Holding on to Small Town Quality of Life

By Allison Wilson

The City of Yukon is a welcoming community that offers the friendly atmosphere of a small town with the accessibility of an urban city. Located on the western boundary of Oklahoma City and home to some of the world's finest cattle and most famous Clydesdales, the family-oriented community has a population of about 25,000, and was named Best Affordable Suburb by BusinessWeek magazine in 2009.

According to BusinessWeek, "Yukon is a fast-growing city with its own movie theater, big-box stores and regional hospital." About 36 percent of residents are married with children and the average commute is 21 minutes. The city is also in the midst of a development phase, with exciting additions planned.

"We are proud to be in the development process of a new 251-acre sports park, which will offer soccer fields, baseball fields, softball fields, trails and more," says City Manager Grayson Bottom.

Residents of Yukon already enjoy award-winning schools, high-quality health care and diverse festivals, retail offerings, and restaurants that attract guests from across the region. For instance, Yukon hosts the annual Oklahoma Czech Festival on first Saturday in October, featuring authentic Czech attire, food, a downtown parade, a beauty pageant, and a dance at the Czech Hall. In June, the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival is a Cajun-western-themed event with children's activities, Cajun food and music, living history reenactments, crawfish races, pony rides and more. Other popular festivals include: Easter on the Prairie and the Scottish Games in the spring, Freedom Fest and Concerts in the Park in the summer, and Christmas in the Park- with more than 4.5 million lights- in the winter.

In addition to entertaining its residents, Yukon also encourages them to voice their opinions about their vision for the community.

"We often conduct economic development feasibility surveys to identify what our residents want and need," says Jenna Roberson, City of Yukon Public Information Officer and Media Specialist. "People here just seem to want to do their best. This is a place where you can be your best and know that you're among hard-working, roll-up-their-sleeves people who are intent on making it all even better. Bottom line, Yukon just brings out the best in people."

If national accolades are any indication, the people of Yukon bring out the best in their city as well. Coldwell Banker ranked Yukon as the 42nd best suburb in the U.S.; CNN Money ranked Canadian County as the 25th fast growing county in America for job growth; and financial advisors Nerd Wallet ranked Yukon a top 10 town in Oklahoma for Young Families.

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