Outlying suburban counties in Oklahoma’s metro areas have grown faster than the urban core areas since 2000, according to the latest analysis from the Census Bureau released today.
In the Oklahoma City metro area, the outlying McClain and Cleveland counties showed the most growth. Both grew by more than 13 percent since 2000. The picture was similar in the Tulsa metro area, where Rogers County grew by more than 17 percent.
(The Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas each contain seven Oklahoma counties. The Lawton metro area consists solely of Comanche County. Two other Oklahoma counties–Le Flore and Sequoyah–are part of the Fort Smith, Ark., metro area.)
See the spreadsheet below for the latest Oklahoma estimates.
Nationally, the census said outlying counties of metro areas saw their population increase 13 percent, compared with an 8 percent increase for the central counties of metro areas.
Among the other highlights from the report:
- Outlying counties as a whole grew more through net migration than through natural increase (defined as births minus deaths). Nationwide, the average annual rate of net migration for outlying counties was 12.5 per 1,000 population compared to a 4.8 per 1,000 average annual rate of natural increase. Central counties followed the opposite pattern, with a larger proportion of their growth attributable to natural increase (6.6 per 1,000) than to net migration (3.6 per 1,000).
- Outlying counties grew faster than central counties in each of the three most populous metro area size categories — including those metro areas with April 1, 2000, total populations of 5 million or more, those between 2.5 million and 5 million, and those between 1 million and 2.5 million in population — as well as in metro areas with populations between 250,000 and 500,000.
- Among the nation’s nine census divisions, the Mountain Division (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) experienced the highest percentage growth in its metro area population at 20 percent.
Written by Paul Monies