New Yukon city ward map proposed

Census data shows strong Ward 4 population growth

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Yukon Assistant City Manager Mitchell Hort

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

Steady population growth in one Yukon ward will prompt changes to the City of Yukon’s ward map.

The Yukon City Council on April 7 reviewed a plan to revise the ward boundary map using data from the 2020 U.S. Census.

The City of Yukon’s official population count is 23,630, based on 2.6 people per household.

Assistant City Manager Mitchell Hort presented a proposal prepared by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) that would impact the City of Yukon’s four wards.

“This is something we typically do every 10 years after the census is done,” Hort explained.

The Yukon City Council will consider a resolution to update the City of Yukon’s ward boundary map based on 2020 U.S. Census population figures. The newly proposed ward map would closely divide populations – Ward 1 (5,899), Ward 2 (5,904), Ward 3 (5,924), and Ward 4 (5,903).

ACOG recommends revising the ward boundary map to closely divide Yukon’s populations (according to ’20 census figures):

Ward 1 – 5,899

Ward 2 – 5,904

Ward 3 – 5,924

Ward 4 – 5,903

Yukon’s Ward 4 has seen strong growth in the past decades in several housing additions, notably Frisco Ridge.

In fact, Ward 4 now has an estimated 1,029 more residents than Ward 3 and 860 more residents than Ward 1.

Yukon’s other wards are mostly “built out” and generally have had modest housing growth.

This map shows the existing City of Yukon ward boundaries and estimated populations in each ward, based on 2020 U.S. Census data.

With Yukon’s existing ward boundaries, populations are:

Ward 1 – 5,673

Ward 2 – 5,920

Ward 3 – 5,504

Ward 4 – 6,533

“It’s probably appropriate to make some changes,” Hort advised city council members, citing population shifts.

Under the proposed new ward map, Ward 1 and Ward 3 would both grow to cover more area.

The City of Yukon is divided into four wards, each represented by a city council member. A fifth council members serves at-large.

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‘SUBSTANTIALLY EQUAL’

Yukon’s municipal governing body must review ward boundaries “as soon as practicable following each federal census” and change those boundaries – if necessary – so the wards “are formed of compact and contiguous territory and are substantially equal in population,” according to state law.

When establishing ward or council boundaries, city officials should not subdivide precincts established by the county election board.

The city council will consider a resolution establishing new ward boundaries at an upcoming meeting. The only other option by law is through an initiative petition.

“Any change in the number or boundaries of wards shall be made with due regard to the equitable apportionment of the population and the convenience and contiguity of the ward,” state statute reads.

The resolution changing Yukon’s ward boundaries must be approved by a two-thirds vote of city council members.

Any change to a ward boundary would not disqualify a city council member from completing the term for which he or she was elected.

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