Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD
City Retains 38th Position among U.S. Metropolitan Areas
The population for the Oklahoma City area increased 0.4 percent to an estimated 982,900 in 1986 from 979,000 million in 1985.
Tulsa was the 52nd largest metropolitan area with 733,500, down from 51st in 1981. Tulsa was passed by West Palm Beach, Fla.
Lawton was the 232nd largest metropolitan area with a population of 120,000 and Enid was the 281st largest area with a population of 62,900.
Dallas edged past Texas rival Houston in the Census Bureau's latest population estimates for the nation's 281 metropolitan areas, but New York continued to lead the list by a wide margin.
The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area moved up from ninth to eighth place on the list of the nation's largest urban areas, with a population estimated at 3,655,300 as of July 1, 1986, up from 3,535,800 in 1985.
At the same time, Houston slipped back one notch, despite an estimated population growth from 3,605,500 to 3,634,300.
Overall, the Dallas area grew a huge 24.7 percent since the 1980 national head count, while Houston gained 17.7 percent over the six-year period.
In general, Sun Belt metropolitan areas in the South and West continued to have the strongest growth in the nation. Some northern ``Rust Belt'' cities that were losing population in the 1970s have turned around, while others continued to decline, the new list showed.
Nationally, the New York metro area remained far and away the most populous in the country with an estimated 17,967,800 residents, a gain of 2.4 percent since the 1980 census.
New York's total was up about 50,000 from 1985, the report showed.
The study focused on metropolitan areas, estimating the populations of residents living in regions that have close social and economic ties despite being divided into more than one political jurisdiction. …