Oklahoma City now nation's 25th largest city
Oklahoma City is now the 25th largest city in the United States, according to the latest annual population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The new figures show Oklahoma City has moved up six spots in the population rankings from the 31st spot it occupied in 2010, when the last 10-year census was done.
Oklahoma City's population has grown by more than 12% since that time, enabling it to pass Louisville, Memphis, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Portland and Las Vegas in the population rankings.
Oklahoma City now has an estimated 655,057 people.
"To have finally arrived in the Top 25 is obviously a major milestone for our city," said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. "People vote with their feet and your population growth is sort of the ultimate judgment of how well you're doing as a city — whether you're a place where people to desire to live in and work in.
"We've been moving in the right direction for a good two decades now, and it's always nice for us when these numbers come out because it's usually a validation that what we're doing is working. People want to live here and they're moving here."
Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a thorough count of the nation's population. That 2020 census is not yet complete, but the bureau has completed its annual estimates of city populations.
Those estimates, which are as of July 1, 2019, were the numbers released Thursday and they contained some interesting revelations.
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For example, they show Edmond has surpassed Lawton to become Oklahoma's fifth largest city.
Edmond now has an estimated 94,054 residents, which is an increase of more than 15% over the 81,405 residents reported in the official April 2010 census.
That makes Edmond the fastest growing city in Oklahoma with a population of at least 50,000 and the 108th fastest growing city in the nation in that category.
"That's great news," said Sherry Jordan, president and CEO of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce. "While that's great news, it's not necessarily surprising given our reputation for great schools and a high quality of life here in Edmond.
"We have shopping, dining — pretty much everything you want to do, you can do here without leaving our city limits. We have a low cost of living and a high quality of life here."
Jordan said Edmond officials remain hopeful the city will pass the 100,000 mark when the the 10-year census count is completed.
Oklahoma City, Norman and Moore have all grown more than 12% since 2010, the Census Bureau reported. It listed Norman's updated population as 124,880 and Moore's population as 62,055.
Lawton's population has dropped about 4% since 2010 and is currently estimated to be 93,025
The Census Bureau now lists Tulsa's population as 401,190, up more than 2% from 2010, and Broken Arrow's population at 110,198, which was an increase of more than 11% during that same time period.
Meanwhile, the state's population has grown from 3,751,351 to 3,956,971, an increase of nearly 5.5%.