Oklahoma City Population 2017

Oklahoma City metro is home to 1.41 million residents, up from 1.25 million in 2010. The Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area is a bit larger with a population of 1.34 million. While the 29th most populous city in the United States, Oklahoma City is 8th in terms of pure size.

Oklahoma City has a population density of 956 people per square mile (321 per square kilometer), which makes it one of the least densely populated major cities in the country.

Oklahoma City Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial makeup of Oklahoma City was:

  • White American: 62.7% (non-Hispanic: 56.7%)
  • African American: 15.1%
  • Native American: 3.5%
  • Asian American: 4.0%
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Other race: 9.4%
  • Two or more races: 5.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 17.2%

Interestingly, Oklahoma City is one of the most diverse cities in the state, and its Hispanic population has grown dramatically over the years. The Hispanic population of Oklahoma City grew 85% from 2000 to 2010, with a proportion increasing from 5.2% to 8.9% in that same time period.

Oklahoma City History

Oklahoma City was founded in 1889 during The Land Run, with about 10,000 homesteaders settling the area. The small town grew very rapidly with a population that doubled in just ten years.

Oklahoma City was admitted to the Union in 1907 as the population and commercial center of the state, surpassing the city of Guthrie. Shortly afterward, the capital was moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City experienced a declining population in its city center during the 1970's and 1980's, following a trend common among many US cities at the time, as families began to move to the suburbs. Urban renewal projects removed a great deal of historic structures in the city but left Oklahoma City with a lot of vacant lots rather than the new development the city hoped for.

In the early 90's, Oklahoma City began a major redevelopment project that established new life to its downtown area, including a baseball park, library, fairgrounds and a water canal with water taxis. This project, known as Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) became one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the country and increased downtown housing and a demand for retail and residential features.

Downtown Oklahoma City development has continued since then and the city has certainly succeeded in its goals, enjoying positive population growth in every census since its founding.

Oklahoma City Population Growth

Oklahoma City has experienced very healthy growth over the last two decades, particularly among the suburbs. From 2000 to 2010, Oklahoma City grew 8.1%. It finally became the 29th most populous city in the US, passing Milwaukee and Las Vegas, in 2012.

Oklahoma City seems to be attracting residents from across the United States and the rural areas of the state, as more people move to the metropolitan area for jobs, education and a strong economy. While Oklahoma enjoyed a lower-than-average unemployment rate at the height of the recession, Oklahoma City's rate was even lower.

Oklahoma City is expected to continue its healthy grow into the future, reaching 1.5 million in its metropolitan area by 2020.

Year Population Change
2015 631,346 8.90%
2010 579,999 14.60%
2000 506,132 13.80%
1990 444,719 10.10%
1980 404,014 9.70%
1970 368,164 13.50%
1960 324,253 33.20%
1950 243,504 19.10%
1940 204,424 10.30%
1930 185,389 103.10%
1920 91,295 42.20%
1910 64,205 539.70%
1900 10,037 141.80%
1890 4,151 0.00%

Oklahoma City Population in 2017 Source: Urbanative

Oklahoma City Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 404,171 67.28%
Black or African American 87,452 14.56%
American Indian and Alaska Native 18,283 3.04%
Asian 25,309 4.21%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 304 0.05%
Some Other Race 24,639 4.10%
Two or More Races 40,571 6.75%

Population Pyramid

Oklahoma City Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 261,493
Owner-Occupied Units 135,259
Renter-Occupied Units 96,995
Median Home Value $138,600
Median Rent $778
Vacancy Rate 11.2%
Houses With Mortgage 87,453
Houses Without Mortgage 47,806
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 5.3

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Oklahoma City for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4% and the labor force participation rate is 66.8%.

Oklahoma City Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.57
Average Family Size 3.27
Married Couple Families 101,617
Male Householder (no wife) Families 12,442
Female Householder (no husband) Families 31,039
Non Family Households
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex) 5.5%
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex) 0.5%