Edmond is a former bedroom community that has doubled its population since the mid-eighties. The population growth is strongly encouraged by government, education and service leadership because of the dependence upon sales tax revenue to fund services and infrastructure development and to their credit, the city boasts award-winning schools and one of the lowest violent crime rates Nationwide. Edmond amenities include best-in-class locally-owned coffee houses, dining and shopping as well as the national chains. Visitors should be aware that most of the locally-owned city establishments close early during weekdays and all-day Sundays but what can't be accessed locally is easily available in nearby OKC. Recreationally Edmond offers several golf courses, a superb YMCA facility, numerous city parks, a public splash pad and water park, ice-skating rink, extensive bike trails and Arcadia Lake with 120 miles of shoreline and facilities for picnicking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, disc golf, along with and hiking, biking and equestrian trails. A fishing pier and a heated, covered dock is provided for year-round fishing for bluegill, channel catfish, blue catfish, and largemouth bass (Source: Arcadia Lake website).Culturally Edmond offers numerous art galleries and a world-class Jazz venue run by the University of Central Oklahoma as well as a wonderful history museum featuring a popular children's playroom.