Tulsa Population 2017

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 Change
2015 403,505 3.00%
2010 391,906 -0.30%
2000 393,049 7.00%
1990 367,302 1.80%
1980 360,919 9.30%
1970 330,350 26.20%
1960 261,685 43.20%
1950 182,740 28.50%
1940 142,157 0.60%
1930 141,258 96.00%
1920 72,075 296.40%
1910 18,182 1198.70%
1900 1,400 0.00%

Tulsa Population in 2017 Source: Than217 at English Wikipedia

Tulsa Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 261,282 66.05%
Black or African American 60,063 15.18%
American Indian and Alaska Native 16,698 4.22%
Asian 10,146 2.56%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 437 0.11%
Some Other Race 18,328 4.63%
Two or More Races 28,645 7.24%

Population Pyramid

Tulsa Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 187,190
Owner-Occupied Units 85,689
Renter-Occupied Units 78,782
Median Home Value $124,100
Median Rent $743
Vacancy Rate 12.1%
Houses With Mortgage 52,819
Houses Without Mortgage 32,870
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 5.3

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Tulsa for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.7% and the labor force participation rate is 65.9%.

Tulsa Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.38
Average Family Size 3.1
Married Couple Families 62,195
Male Householder (no wife) Families 8,395
Female Householder (no husband) Families 24,821
Non Family Households
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex) 6%
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex) 0.5%