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.

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 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.

Tulsa Demographics

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.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018400,669-1,450-0.36%
2017402,119-2,063-0.51%
2016404,1824490.11%
2015403,7333,5710.89%
2014400,1621,5130.38%
2013398,6493,7740.96%
2012394,8751,7640.45%
2011393,1116900.18%
2010392,421-628-0.02%
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%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018993,7972,1870.22%
2017991,6102,3540.24%
2016989,2567,7350.78%
2015981,52111,5351.18%
2014969,9867,5830.78%
2013962,4039,4870.99%
2012952,9167,0340.74%
2011945,8826,0600.64%
2010939,8220.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White256,829
Black or African American60,749
Two or More Races31,194
Some Other Race21,722
American Indian and Alaska Native17,088
Asian13,304
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander466

Tulsa Population Pyramid 2019

Tulsa Median Age

34.9


Total

33.8


Male

36.2


Female

Tulsa Adults

There are 302,756 adults, (53,880 of whom are seniors) in Tulsa.

Tulsa Age Dependency

61.3

Age Dependency Ratio

21.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Tulsa Sex Ratio

Female

206,499

51.45%

Male

194,853

48.55%

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%
Male37.8%62.2%
Female33.3%66.7%

51.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All164,3812.451.1
Non Family69,6481.2540.1
Married61,8323.1972.4
Female24,3803.3233.3
Male8,5213.4837.8

3.15

Average Family Size

2.4

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Tulsa Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade14,1695.40%
9th to 12th Grade19,9377.59%
High School Graduate66,33825.27%
Some College60,72123.13%
Associates Degree20,6347.86%
Bachelors Degree53,19020.26%
Graduate Degree27,55310.49%

Tulsa Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White164,120153,13262,589
Black36,14732,0576,634
Hispanic30,21516,0272,798
Multiple Races14,45912,7173,666
Other Race10,7624,933562
Native American10,6659,1272,265
Asian8,4296,3663,021
Islander32917444

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.30%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 38.14%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,381$37,367$28,053
Less Than High School$22,059$26,083$15,493
High School Grad$25,788$30,418$21,557
Some College$31,124$36,772$26,811
Bachelors Degree$44,364$55,724$37,062
Graduate Degree$60,536$80,101$49,745

$32,381

Average Earnings

$37,367

Average Male

$28,053

Average Female

Tulsa Language

Tulsa Language by Age

Tulsa Language

82.42% of Tulsa residents speak only English, while 17.58% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.02% of the population.

Tulsa Poverty

Tulsa Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White215,92527,84012.89%
Black59,50019,91433.47%
Hispanic62,56617,52328.01%
Multiple30,6008,78328.70%
Other21,4846,85831.92%
Native16,7683,72622.22%
Asian12,9972,76121.24%
Islander4668919.10%

19.99%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.10%

Male Poverty Rate

21.77%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tulsa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is Black, with 33.47% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is White, with 12.89% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.49%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.50%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.27%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.95%
High School19.84%
Some College13.94%
Bachelors or Greater5.34%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed45.87%
Male Unemployed36.03%
Female Employed11.44%
Male Employed7.76%

Tulsa Income

Tulsa Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$44,577$68,425
Families$55,894$84,545
Married Families$73,540$107,142
Non Families$31,666$44,249

Tulsa Marital Status

Tulsa Marital Status

Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.7%

Male Marriage Rate

40.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Tulsa Married by Age and Sex

Tulsa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Tulsa Marital Status by Race

Tulsa Veterans

23,621

Number of Veterans

21,655

Male Veterans

1,966

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam7,916
First Gulf War3,953
Second Gulf War3,779
Korea2,289
World War II1,345
Age Group Veterans
65 to 745,771
35 to 545,678
75+5,348
55 to 644,440
18 to 342,384

Tulsa Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White18,3518.96%
Black3,0067.01%
2 or More1,1356.18%
Hispanic8202.16%
Indian7606.05%
Asian2142.12%
Other1110.82%
Hawaiian4412.64%

Tulsa Veterans by Education

9.28%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tulsa Employment Status

65.8%

Labor Force Participation

61.4%

Employment Rate

6.7%

Unemployment Rate

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

55.59%

Born in Oklahoma

89.12%

Native Born

10.88%

Foreign Born

7.96%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

89.12% of Tulsa residents were born in the United States, with 55.59% having been born in Oklahoma. 7.96% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.