Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma August 2018 - Page 4

From the Editor Never Stop Learning T o the Readers: If you live in Edmond it’s likely that you place a premium on learning and education. It’s also likely that you have a college degree. In fact, Edmond has just been named the most educated city in Oklahoma by Insurify. This award recognizes the community in each state with the highest educational achievement. This commitment and desire for learning translates into a healthy continuing education community. Insurify states, “Our data scientists analyzed over 1.4 million car insurance applications that indicated the level of education achieved by each applicant, as well as the GPA of current students, allowing us to identify the cities whose population has the highest average level of education. We are very pleased to include Edmond among the winners!” “Across America, educational success is a vital factor in determining the advancement of a local economy,” said Snejina Zacharia, CEO of Insurify. “These awards recognize the communities in each state whose residents demonstrate an unmatched commitment to their education.” Information from the Edmond Economic Development Authority states that the amount of residents in Edmond over the age of 25 with at least a Bachelor’s degree is 53.3 4 August 2018 | The Business Times percent. The EEDA says all three of our high schools have been recognized among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. We have the most National Merit Semifinalists of any school district in Oklahoma, and eight Great Expectations Model Schools with their mission “to motivate, inspire, and challenge individuals” and “to achieve excellence in learning and living.” So, the commitment begins with early education, continues through high school, and then becomes a desire for higher education, or at least for continuing education. In Edmond, that education translates into dollars because, according to the EEDA, the average household income in Edmond is $110,097. Median annual income in Edmond is $74,632, while median annual income in Oklahoma City is only $52,915, and the US average is $53,482 a year. When it comes to education, Edmond is considered an affluent community, is second to none in Oklahoma, and is receiving nationwide recognition. With this issue of The Business Times, we look at several businesses that help Edmond residents and visitors continue their education, or educate themselves on quality of life or spare time activities. We hope you enjoy reading about these businesses and support them in their endeavors. MARK CODNER is the editor of The Business Times of Edmond