Oklahoma Population 2016

The southern central state of Oklahoma is the 20th largest in the US and was the 46th to enter the Union. Over the years, its population has grown steadily and healthily to the point where it is edging towards a landmark of 4 million in the present day. Oklahoma has an estimated population in 2013 of 3,846,956, up from 3.75 million at the 2010 Census. Its growth rate is currently 0.84%, which ranks 24th in the country.

Oklahoma Population 2014

As with all states within the US, you have to go back to the nationwide census of 2010 to find the last confirmed set of population figures. The census revealed that the population of Oklahoma was 3,751,351 which represented an increase of 8.7% on the figures released in 2000. The estimated 2013 population has now reached 3,846,956, which Oklahoma the 28th most populous state in the country.

Oklahoma has a fairly low population density that in most ways keeps with its ranking in terms of size and population numbers. The total surface area here measures 69,898 square miles (181,195 square kilometers) and for every square mile of Oklahoma territory there is an average of 55.2 people per square mile (21.3 per square kilometer). This makes Oklahoma the 35th most densely populated state in the country, but 20th in terms of size.

Oklahoma has a total of 598 incorporated places, but only four cities with a population over 100,000. 65% of Oklahomans live within the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, both cities of which are two of the fifty largest cities in the country. Oklahoma City is the largest city in the state with a population of 600,000, while Tulsa follows with 393,000. In these two areas, the population density exceeds 5,000 people per square mile, while the remainder of the state is mostly under 50 people per square mile.

Oklahoma Population History

Back in 1890, Oklahoma had a population that stood at an already healthy 258,657 but substantial increases on those numbers were to follow. Ten years later at the beginning of the 20th century the figure had climbed by just over 200% to 790,391 and a further significant rise took the Oklahoma population to 1,657,155 in 1910.

That pattern continued but in the mid 1900’s, censuses recorded two falls in population for 1940 & 1950. The drops were modest in terms of percentages but they took the numbers down from 2,396,040 in 1930 to 2,233,351 twenty years later.

Since then however, the overall trend has been one of modest growth and the Oklahoma population in 2012 has progressed to the point where it is poised to pass the 4 million mark at the 2020 Census

Oklahoma Demographics

Historically, Oklahoma was a home to many American tribes and this remains a Government sanctioned territory for Native Americans. That fact is reflected in further demographics with a sizeable proportion of Oklahoma residents claiming Native American ethnicity. Oklahoma is home to the second-highest number and percentage of Native Americans among all states in the country. At the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic composition of the state was:

  • 68.7% non-Hispanic White
  • 7.3% non-Hispanic Black
  • 8.2% non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native
  • 1.7% non-Hispanic Asian
  • 0.1% non-Hispanic Pacific Islander
  • 5.1% of two or more races (non-Hispanic)
  • 8.9% Hispanic of Latino origin of any race

Oklahoma Population Growth

The US Census of 2020 is likely to indicate further growth within Oklahoma and it will be interesting to see whether the state can reach its next milestone of 4 million people by that time. According to state projections, Oklahoma's population will reach the milestone of 4 million by 2020, and top 5.5 million by 2075, although projections past 2050 can, at this point, be very inaccurate.

Population Data via US Census