Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Metro Slips to Nation's 46th Largest

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OKC Metro Slips to Nation's 46th Largest

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Oklahoma City was the 46th largest metropolitan area in the country as of July 1, 1998, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.

The six-county Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area's population in 1988 was 1,038,999 up from 8.4 percent from 958,839 in 1990 and up 0.8 percent from 1,031,167 in 1997.

Although the area population grew 8.4 percent, Oklahoma City's ranking among the 276 metropolitan areas slipped from 42nd in 1990 to 46th in 1998. Oklahoma City was the 43rd largest metropolitan area in 1980.

The Oklahoma City area's rate of growth among the 276 metropolitan areas was 144th from 1990 to 1998 and 130th from 1997 to 1998, according to the Census Bureau report.

Populations for the six counties in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area at July 1, 1998, were Canadian, 85,463; Cleveland, 210,110; Logan, 30,970; McClain, 26,224; Oklahoma, 632,988; and Pottawatomie, 62,244.

The five-county Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area was ranked as the 58th largest in the country, the same as in 1990.

Tulsa's population in 1998 was 776,906, up 18.6 percent from 666,957 in 1990 and up 1.6 percent from 764,704 in 1997.

The report showed stagnant population growth for the state's other two metropolitan statistical area -- Lawton and Enid.

Lawton was ranked as the 241st largest metropolitan area in 1998, compared with 234th in 1990.

The Lawton Metropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of Comanche County, had a population in 1998 of 113,508, up 1.8 percent from 111,486 in 1990 but down 0.4 percent from 113,947 for 1997, according to the report.

The Enid Metropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of Garfield County, has the distinction of being ranked 276th among the 276 metropolitan areas -- the same as in 1990.

The nation's smallest metropolitan area had a population of 56,859 in 1998, up 0.2 percent from 56,735 in 1990 and down 28 from 56,887 in 1997.

Population growth nationwide is focusing on the suburbs and nearby communities and away from the nation's central cities, the Census Bureau reported.

Following this pattern, metropolitan areas in the South and West led the nation in growth in the 1990s with sizzling Las Vegas maintaining a hectic pace as the nation's fastest growing spot, the bureau said.

Among the nation's 10 most populated metropolitan areas, Dallas- Fort Worth was the fastest growing, but all 10 maintained the same rankings relative to one another.

The Las Vegas' metro population jumped 55 percent to 1,321,546 between 1990 and 1998, the bureau reported. Just a week ago the bureau reported that Nevada led the nation in new housing in the 1990s.

Looking just at cities -- rather than their full metropolitan areas -- the Census Bureau reported in June that Phoenix was the one that grew fastest in the 1990s. The Phoenix metro area, however, was only the sixth fastest growing, the new report shows. …

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