Tulsa, Oklahoma Population 2019
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma. For a bit of perspective on how large Tulsa is, the city stretches over 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 metro area accounts for 25% of Oklahoma's population.
Two rings of suburbs surround Tulsa, 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.
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 favorite 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 towns and outer-lying suburbs are experiencing more rapid growth as more people leave the downtown Tulsa area. The nearby city of Broken Arrow, for example, grew 32% in the last decade.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Tulsa was:
- White: 63.99%
- Black or African American: 15.14%
- Two or more races: 7.77%
- Other race: 5.41%
- Native American: 4.26%
- Asian: 3.31%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
Tulsa, Oklahoma's estimated population is 400,669 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Tulsa, Oklahoma is the 2nd largest city in Oklahoma based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.
The population density is 2028.54 people/mi² (783.22 people/km²), with a household density of 365.85 people/km² (947.55 people/mi²).
The overall median age is 34.9 years, 33.8 years for males, and 36.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.4 males.
Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 187,155 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.5%, with a median rent of $784/month. The median house has 5.2 rooms, and has a value of $129,000.
The median income for households in Tulsa, Oklahoma is $44,577, while the mean household income is $68,425.