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 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%
2010392,403-646-0.16%
2000393,04925,7477.01%
1990367,3026,3831.77%
1980360,91930,5699.25%
1970330,35068,66526.24%
1960261,68578,94543.20%
1950182,74040,58328.55%
1940142,1578990.64%
1930141,25869,18395.99%
192072,07553,893296.41%
191018,18216,7821198.71%
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

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Tulsa Median Age

34.9


Total

33.6


Male

36.2


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 302,957 adults in Tulsa.

Tulsa Age Dependency

60.7

Age Dependency Ratio

21.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Tulsa Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.2
Houses Without Mortgage
32,757
Houses With Mortgage
51,611
Vacancy Rate
12
Median Rent
757
Median Home Value
126,200
Renter-Occupied Units
80,659
Owner-Occupied Units
84,368
Total Housing Units
187,553

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Tulsa for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.5% and the labor force participation rate is 65.7%.

Tulsa Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.38
Average Family Size
3.12
Total Households
165027
Married Couple Households
62122
Male Householder (no wife) Families
8943
Female Householder (no husband) Families
24253
Non Family Households
69709
Total Families
95318
Households With Own Children
44561
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
6.2
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.5

Tulsa Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
16,023
$10,000 to $14,999
10,085
$15,000 to $24,999
20,932
$25,000 to $34,999
20,110
$35,000 to $49,999
25,440
$50,000 to $74,999
29,398
$75,000 to $99,999
14,678
$100,000 to $149,999
15,068
$150,000 to $199,999
5,908
Over $200,000
7,385

Tulsa Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Tulsa

Oklahoma

$43,045

$48,038

$66,396

$65,458

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Tulsa Education Data

Tulsa Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
13,6805.25%
9th to 12th Grade
20,2907.78%
High School Graduate
66,07325.34%
Some College
60,22723.10%
Associates Degree
20,2987.79%
Bachelors Degree
52,83720.27%
Graduate Degree
27,29210.47%