State's Largest Cities Will Be in 2 Metropolitan Areas by 2000 / Says Commission

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TULSA (AP) - By the year 2000, 14 of the state's 18 largest cities will be in or adjacent to Tulsa or Oklahoma counties, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

In 1985, 10 of the top 18 cities were in the state's two major metropolitan areas.

The new population alignment could have a major effect on the political makeup of the state Legislature and on the state's representation in Washington.

The study examined the 30 largest cities in Oklahoma.

The four cities expected to more than double in size in the 15-year period from 1985-2000 were Broken Arrow, Claremore, Moore and Yukon. Edmond had a projected 94 percent increase.

Broken Arrow and Claremore are near Tulsa. Moore, Yukon and Edmond border Oklahoma City.

Tulsa and Oklahoma City have growth projections of 21 and 17 percent, respectively. Those figures indicate an increase of 75,181 Tulsa residents and 68,186 people in Oklahoma City.

Of the 13 non-metro area cities in the 1985 list of top 30 cities, Chickasha showed the most growth potential at 49 percent, according to the study. Lawton's is next highest at 27 percent. Fort Sill and Ardmore were projected to lose population. …