Oklahoma City makes sizable gains in 2020 Census, will benefit from growth

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The United States Census Bureau in August released data from the 2020 U.S. Census revealing that the city of Oklahoma City was one of just 14 cities nationwide to add more than 100,000 people from 2010 to 2020.

Oklahoma City saw a 17.4% increase in its population from 579,999 residents to 681,054 residents over that time period, placing it as the 22nd largest city in the U.S. Five of the 14 cities that gained more than 100,000 residents were from Texas: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The others were spread out across the country, including Charlotte, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Jacksonville, Fla; Los Angeles; New York City; Phoenix; and Seattle.

The 2020 Census also showed that the U.S. had the slowest 10-year population growth rate since the Great Depression at 7.4%; however, Oklahoma is part of the fastest-growing region in the country – the South – which experienced a 10.2% change in population from 2010 to 2020.

The census also reported that five of the top six fastest-growing counties in Oklahoma were in the Greater Oklahoma City region. Canadian County led the pack with a percentage change of 33.6% since the last census, making Canadian County the 27th fastest-growing county in the U.S. Rounding out the top six counties in the state were McClain (20.7%), Logan (18.4%) Cleveland (15.6%), Tulsa (10.9%) and Oklahoma (10.8%). Oklahoma County accounted for 43% of total population growth for the region, increasing from 718,633 county residents in 2010 to 796,292 in 2020.

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