The U.S. Census Bureau officially released its 2007 American Community Survey today, and it contains a wealth of information about states and cities with more than 65,000 people.
The Census Bureau will release similar information in December for places with populations of more than 20,000. In the meantime, here’s some Oklahoma highlights:
— Oklahoma’s immigrant population (both legal and illegal, since the Census doesn’t make the distinction) grew by 3.5 percent from 2006 to 2007, according to the survey. The agency estimated there were 182,186 immigrants in Oklahoma last year, up from 175,987 in 2006. The state’s population is more than 3.6 million.
— Almost 65 percent of Oklahoma residents were born in the state. That put Oklahoma at No. 28, behind first-place Louisiana and second-place New York. Both of those states had more than 82 percent of their residents born there.
— Just 5 percent of Oklahoma residents were born in a foreign country. The average across all states was 12.6 percent.
— Almost half of Oklahoma’s foreign-born residents were born in Mexico. About 27 percent of the state’s foreign-born residents were born in Asia.
— More than 8 percent of Oklahoma’s population aged 5 or older spoke a language other than English at home. That compares to the national average of 19.7 percent.
— Oklahoma ranked fourth in percentage of population who are American Indian or Alaska Native, behind Alaska, New Mexico and South Dakota. About 6.8 percent of Oklahomans identified themselves as solely American Indian.
— The median value of owner-occupied homes in Oklahoma was $103,000, putting the state in 48th place. The highest was Hawaii at $555,400, while the nation as a whole had a median home value of $194,300.
— More than 16 percent of Oklahomans moved to another house inside the state in 2007. That put Oklahoma in second place for intrastate mobility, behind Texas.
— On average, Oklahoma commuters took 20 minutes to get to work in 2007. That compared to a national average of 25 minutes. More than 80 percent of commuters drove alone. Just 0.5 percent of workers in Oklahoma used public transportation.
— In Oklahoma, there were almost 119 unmarried men aged 15 to 44 for every 100 unmarried women aged 15 to 44. That put the state in 10th place. Alaska was first with 136 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women in that age group.
For more on the latest American Community Survey, click here. You can also read commentary from Census expert William Frey of the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.
Written by Paul Monies
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