Oklahoma sees increase in population, county below 3,000

Oklahoma 's population increased 2.82 percent from the April 2000 census to July 2005 and .69 percent from 2004 to 2005, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today. Several counties in the state saw large percent increases from 2000 to 2005.

Those counties with the largest increases include Rogers, 14.33 percent, Canadian, 12.55 percent, and Wagoner, 11.69 percent. These same counties also had a large percent increase from 2004 to 2005, each ranking in the top seven. Marshall (3.65%) and McClain (3.37%) led the state in percent increase between 2004 and 2005.

According to the estimates, the largest counties in the state during 2005 were Oklahoma County with a population of 684,500, Tulsa County with 572,100 and Cleveland County with 224,900. Oklahoma County ranked 79th in the nation of all counties in 2005 population and Tulsa County ranked 100th in the nation as well. The top three counties in the nation are Los Angeles , Calif. ; Cook, Ill. , and Harris , Texas .

The smallest counties on record for 2005 were Cimarron County with a population of 2,800, Harmon County with 3,000 and Roger Mills County with 3,300. “It is interesting to see the numbers by county,” said Kathleen Miller, research and economic analysis director for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “With these numbers we are able to see the areas in Oklahoma that are the fastest growing and the areas that may be losing population.”

She added that population estimates by age, gender and race will be released later in the summer.

The following counties had a substantial decrease in population between 2000 and 2005 but had an increase in population between 2004 and 2005. The list includes 2000 to 2005 percent change as well as the 2004 to 2005 percent change.

Harmon: -7.71, 1.00 ·         Woods: - 5.97, 0.46 ·    

Beckham: - 4.64 2.68 ·   Kiowa: - 3.71, 0.34 ·       Custer: -3.57, 0.29

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