Bureau Reports Population Growth in Tulsa, OKC

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The population in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas grew by a faster rate than the rest of the country's urban centers as a whole, according to the latest data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The number of people living in urban areas throughout the country increased by 12.1 percent from 2000 to 2010, which outpaced the nation's overall growth rate of 9.7 percent for the same period, the bureau reported. Over that same period, the Oklahoma City metro area grew by 15.3 percent and Tulsa grew by 17.4 percent. Oklahoma City's population is now at about 861,000 people, while Tulsa has about 655,000.

Two-thirds of the total population of Oklahoma lives in its urban areas, bureau geographer Ted Sickley said. But those cities collectively represent only 1.9 percent of Oklahoma's total land area. Across the entire South region, Oklahoma has the smallest percentage of urban area. The South's overall percentage of urban population is 75 percent.

Of the 10 most densely populated urbanized areas across the country, nine are in the West, with seven of those in California. Urbanized areas in the U.S., taken together, had an overall population density of 2,534 people per square mile.

Tulsa's population density per square mile is less, at 1,951; Oklahoma City has 2,098 people per square mile. …