Census: Oklahoma City grows, Tulsa population shrinks

Pauline Gross
May 25, 2018

This increased population growth may create more pressure for the City to deliver services and meet demands for more housing and better transportation infrastructure. A 2004 coordinated population forecast was pretty close, predicting more than 90,000 residents by 2015 and topping 100,000 by 2020.

Only one U.S. city added more residents than Phoenix a year ago, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Texas city is the fourth-most populous in the country and grew by about 8,200 residents a year ago to 2.3 million, according to census figures.

You can also see how the numbers compare to the 2010 Census and to 2016. For the seven-year period, they all show an upward trend, except for Belle Fourche, which is estimated to have dropped from 5,594 to 5,553, which is a decrease 0.77 percent. While the Northeast grew more slowly than the rest of the country, all of the New England states grew faster than CT.

The census figures are based on estimates that are later adjusted as more data are analyzed. The bureau estimates the village's population in 2017 at 55,806 - higher than its 2010 Census count of 53,891 - with a one-year rise of 71 people, or 0.13 percent.

The Tulsa World reports that recent census estimates show Oklahoma City grew by 0.7 percent to more than 643,600 residents during the year-period ending July 1.

La Pine's population grew by a modest 40 people over the year, to an estimated 1,864, while Sisters grew to 2,701 residents by last July. "The Great Recession put the brakes on dispersal to small metro areas, suburbs and the Sun Belt; but those trends are beginning to resume again".

Annual growth rates of Tennessee’s large cities 2014 through 2017
Annual growth rates of Tennessee’s large cities 2014 through 2017

And it's not just Chicago that's shedding population.

Seattle has now been ranked in the top 4 for growth among major cities for five consecutive years - quite an impressive run. According to its estimates, Eugene is clearly no. 2 in the state, population-wise.

Tineh, with the local planning council, said people often have moved from the city to the suburbs in the Chicago area, but that doesn't appear to be the case now.

By contrast, Frisco, Texas, north of Dallas, grew by 8.2 percent from 2016 to 2017, making it the fastest-growing large city in the country. Phoenix, for instance, saw a population increase of 1 percent, or 24,036.

Add up all the population gains since 2010 and Seattle has grown by a staggering 18.7 percent, which ranks as the fastest rate of growth among the 50 largest US cities.

The Census Bureau reported in March that Maricopa County was the country's fastest-growing county from 2016 to 2017, by number and percentage, with 73,650 additions (1.7 percent).

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