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Oklahoma City limits, school districts take time to get lined out

What your mail says and where your kids go to school say a lot, but neither tells you where you actually live or work.
by Richard Mize Modified: April 12, 2014 at 1:03 am •  Published: April 12, 2014

Dear Edmond,

Hey, pal. I’ve lived with you for almost 15 years. But we have to talk, OK?

This might hurt. You might lash out. I’m ready for it.

(Deep breath.)

You’re not as big as you think you are. …

Dear northwest Oklahoma City,

We’re buds, right? I’ve done most of my working, shopping and eating out in your increasingly happening environs for almost 15 years. But I have news for you.

It might hurt. You might be in denial.

(Deep breath.)

You’re not Edmond. You’re northwest Oklahoma City.

Dear friends,

I hate to bring this up. You might find it awkward. But I am always setting the record straight when some business or developer claims to be in Edmond when it’s not.

Now, I know that facts, in the Internet age, have fallen out of fashion. But here are the awkward facts:

A business or home can be in the Oklahoma City limits, have an Edmond postal address, get police protection from Oklahoma City, have Oklahoma City utilities, but be in the Edmond Public School District.

So, if that’s your situation, where do you live or work? Almost everyone will say “Edmond,” mostly because people are so oriented toward schools; partly because, well, the U.S. Postal Service seems to say you live in Edmond; and partly because to some people it sounds cooler to say they live or work in Edmond than in Oklahoma City.

But it’s not Edmond. Not really.

School district lines are one thing, city limits are another, and the post office is only saying what youre postal address is, not what city you’re in.

It affects statistics: If someone says something about, well, any aspect of Edmond business, they’re usually talking about the “Edmond market area,” which follows the Edmond school district lines, not the Edmond city limits.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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