Tulsa, Oklahoma Population 2018

Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma and it is located in Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, and Osage counties. Tulsa's population has remained flat for decades and it has an estimated 2014 population of 394,500, which ranks 46th in the United States.

Tulsa's estimated population is 394,500, up very slightly from the 2010 population of 393,500. The city anchors the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, which has a population of about 953,000, while the greater Tulsa-Muskogee-Bartlesville Combined Statistical Area (CSA) has a population of 1.12 million. Tulsa has the 54th largest metropolitan region in the United States. This metropolitan area accounts for 25% of Oklahoma's population.

Tulsa is surrounded by two rings of suburbs, and the cityscape of the inner city with the ring of suburbs forms the immediate Tulsa Urban Area, separated from the second ring of suburbs. After Tulsa, the largest cities in the metro area are Broken Arrow (99,000, 4th largest in the state), Bartlesville (36,000), and Owasso (29,000). Owasso is currently the fastest growing city in Oklahoma.

Tulsa Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic breakdown of Tulsa was: White: 62.6% (non-Hispanic: 57.9%) African American: 15.6% Native American: 5.3% Asian American: 2.3% (0.5% Indian, 0.4% Vietnamese, 0.3% Chinese, 0.2% Hmong, 0.2% Korean, 0.2% Burmese) Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander: 0.1% Other race: 8.0% Two or more races: 5.9% Hispanic or Latino of any race: 14.1% (11.5% Mexican, 0.4% Puerto Rican, 0.3% Guatemalan, 0.2% Spanish, 0.2% Honduran, 0.2% Salvadoran)

Tulsa History

The Tulsa region was originally part of Indian Territory and settled by Creek and Lochapoka tribes in 1836. The tribes created a home under an oak tree at the present-day intersection of 18th Street and Cheyenne Avenue and named the settlement Tallasi -- or "old town" -- which became Tulsa. The city was officially incorporated in 1898.

Oil was discovered in 1901 and a flood of entrepreneurs made their way to the city, pushing the population to more than 140,000 by 1930, with an early peak of 180,000 in 1909. Tulsa was the "Oil Capital of the World" for much of the 20th century, and revenue from the oil industry helped Tulsa manage better than most areas during the Great Depression.

Tulsa also became home to one of the most prosperous African American communities in the country in the early 20th century in the Greenwood neighborhood, which was ultimately the site of the Tulsa Race Riot that left up to 300 people dead and an estimated 10,000 homeless.

In 1925, Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery began a campaign to link Chicago to California with the establishment of the U.S. Highway 66 Association in the city. When Route 66 was completed, Tulsa grew even faster as the city became a popular rest stop.

Tulsa Population Growth

The 2010 Census found that Tulsa was one of just 3 of the largest 20 cities in Oklahoma to see a population decline over the last decade. Meanwhile, its outer-lying cities and suburbs are experiencing more rapid growth as more people leave the downtown Tulsa area. Nearby Broken Arrow, for example, grew 32% in the last decade.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017401,800-1,533-0.38%
2016403,3332730.07%
2015403,0603,2810.82%
2014399,7791,4850.37%
2013398,2943,8120.97%
2012394,4821,7140.44%
2011392,7683650.09%
2010392,403-646-0.02%
2000393,04925,7470.68%
1990367,3026,3830.18%
1980360,91930,5690.89%
1970330,35068,6652.36%
1960261,68578,9453.66%
1950182,74040,5832.54%
1940142,1578990.06%
1930141,25869,1836.96%
192072,07553,89314.77%
191018,18216,78229.23%
19001,4000.00%

Tulsa Population in 2018Source: Attribution is required:� Caleb Long [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White257,858
Black or African American59,958
Two or More Races31,625
Some Other Race20,901
American Indian and Alaska Native17,120
Asian11,997
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander447

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Tulsa Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Tulsa Median Age

34.9


Total

33.6


Male

36.2


Female

Tulsa Adults

There are 301,529 adults, (52,388 of which are seniors) in Tulsa.

Tulsa Age Dependency

60.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Tulsa Sex Ratio

Female

205,448

51.37%

Male

194,458

48.63%

Tulsa Households and Families

Tulsa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Tulsa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.4%27.6%
All51.1%48.9%
Non Family40.1%59.9%
Male38.9%61.1%
Female32.8%67.2%

51.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Tulsa Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All165,0272.3851.1
Non Family69,7091.2440.1
Married62,1223.1772.4
Female24,2533.2932.8
Male8,9433.3738.9

3.12

Average Family Size

2.38

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Tulsa Households

Tulsa Education

Tulsa Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,6805.25%
9th to 12th Grade20,2907.78%
High School Graduate66,07325.34%
Some College60,22723.10%
Associates Degree20,2987.79%
Bachelors Degree52,83720.27%
Graduate Degree27,29210.47%

Tulsa Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White164,721153,48162,591
Black35,50531,3496,451
Hispanic29,13515,0972,625
Multiple Races14,60012,7763,627
Native American10,5278,9152,093
Other Race10,4724,837607
Asian7,5235,9242,845
Islander29814139

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.18%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 38.00%.

Tulsa Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,800$36,819$27,146
Less Than High School$21,255$25,371$14,716
High School Grad$25,214$29,442$21,128
Some College$30,476$36,036$26,268
Bachelors Degree$44,111$55,508$36,644
Graduate Degree$60,511$82,183$48,477

$31,800

Average Earnings

$36,819

Average Male

$27,146

Average Female

Tulsa Language

Tulsa Language by Age

Tulsa Language

83.01% of Tulsa residents speak only English, while 16.99% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 12.58% of the population.

Tulsa Poverty

Tulsa Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White218,10627,90912.80%
Black58,74420,20434.39%
Hispanic60,57317,82729.43%
Multiple30,8959,35530.28%
Other20,6746,62932.06%
Native16,8123,85022.90%
Asian11,7012,42820.75%
Islander4478418.79%

20.34%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.41%

Male Poverty Rate

22.15%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tulsa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is Black, with 34.39% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is White, with 12.80% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.57%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.48%.

Tulsa Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.76%
High School19.87%
Some College13.92%
Bachelors or Greater5.24%

Tulsa Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed46.18%
Male Unemployed37.70%
Female Employed11.61%
Male Employed7.70%

Tulsa Income

Tulsa Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$43,045$66,396
Families$53,941$82,102
Married Families$71,316$104,399
Non Families$30,883$42,720

Tulsa Marital Status

Tulsa Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.9%

Male Marriage Rate

40.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Tulsa Married by Age and Sex

Tulsa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Tulsa Marital Status by Race

Tulsa Veterans

Tulsa Veterans by War

24,324

Number of Veterans

22,261

Male Veterans

2,063

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam8,335
First Gulf War3,785
Second Gulf War3,386
Korea2,432
World War II1,620

Tulsa Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 745,875
35 to 545,714
75+5,540
55 to 644,781
18 to 342,414

Tulsa Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White18,7529.13%
Black3,3037.80%
2 or More1,2686.87%
Indian7616.04%
Hispanic6771.85%
Other1120.85%
Asian951.06%
Hawaiian339.88%

Tulsa Veterans by Education

9.16%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.45%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tulsa Employment Status

Tulsa Employment by Age

65.7%

Labor Force Participation

61.2%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Tulsa Employment by Race

Tulsa Employment by Education

Tulsa Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

55.43%

Born in Oklahoma

89.40%

Native Born

10.60%

Foreign Born

7.79%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

89.40% of Tulsa residents were born in the United States, with 55.43% having been born in Oklahoma. 7.79% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.