By Michael Pineda
The nation is finding out what Yukon residents have known for a while.
The 73099 zip code is a hot commodity.
Opendoor listed 73099 as the third-fastest growing zip code in the nation in its Mid-Year Hottest Zips of 2022.
Clarksville, Tennessee was listed first, followed by Celebration, Florida. In total, there were nine listings from Texas and four from Florida. The Yukon zip code was the only one that made the list from Oklahoma.
“Wow, that is awesome,” Yukon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Shelton said. “We have so much to offer. It is a family-friendly community. We have great businesses and great schools. Yukon Public Schools has been listed among the Top Workplace in Oklahoma for the sixth year in a row.”
Shelton said the chamber continues to grow and has maintained a membership of over 500 since 2017.
One of the biggest appeals for the zip code is the cost of living, along with the close proximity to Oklahoma City. Christy Stanley, a broker associate with Keller Williams Reality, pointed out a lot of people from out of state have moved into the Yukon area.
“A lot have come from California, some from Oregon and some from Washington,” she said. “After COVID, people changed their mind on how they wanted to live. They wanted to go where they had more room.”
Stanley said people on the West Coast are able to sell their homes for a great return and move to the Yukon area and afford more house for their money.
“I do think it will become a more balanced market,” she said. “We are still getting multiple offers on homes. There is a shortage of housing and that will not change anytime soon.”
Stanley said there is still a huge demand for new construction. Even when all the new construction is built out, there will still be a demand for housing in the area.
“After 2008, 2009, when we had a shift in the market, we didn’t have enough construction to meet demand,” she said.
As demand began to build up, the new construction was unable to keep up. That situation has been magnified with the growing demand in the wake of the pandemic.
Yukon is also a desirable location because of its mixture of amenities and quality of life.
“It’s a growing community, but it still has a small town feel,” Shelton said.