Tulsa, Oklahoma Population 2020

396,543
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Tulsa is a city located in Oklahoma. With a 2020 population of 396,543, it is the 2nd largest city in Oklahoma (after Oklahoma City) and the 49th largest city in the United States. Tulsa is currently declining at a rate of -0.52% annually but its population has increased by 1.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 391,906 in 2010. Tulsa reached it's highest population of 404,182 in 2016. Spanning over 202 miles, Tulsa has a population density of 2,008 people per square mile.

The average household income in Tulsa is $70,784 with a poverty rate of 19.68%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $810 per month, and the median house value is $133,900. The median age in Tulsa is 35 years, 33.7 years for males, and 36.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.3 males.

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 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 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.

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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Tulsa was:

  • White: 63.96%
  • Black or African American: 15.28%
  • Two or more races: 7.57%
  • Other race: 5.34%
  • Native American: 4.40%
  • Asian: 3.33%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of Tulsa, Oklahoma is 396,543, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 400,669.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 391,906.

Tulsa, Oklahoma Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020998,1712,1870.22%
2019995,9842,1870.22%
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 Percentage
White257,26163.96%
Black or African American61,47015.28%
Two or More Races30,4677.57%
Some Other Race21,4615.34%
American Indian and Alaska Native17,6824.40%
Asian13,4123.33%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4700.12%
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Tulsa Population Pyramid 2020

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Tulsa Median Age

35


Total

33.7


Male

36.3


Female

Tulsa Adults

There are 303,177 adults, (55,204 of whom are seniors) in Tulsa.

Tulsa Age Dependency

62.2

Age Dependency Ratio

22.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Tulsa Sex Ratio

Female

207,020

51.47%

Male

195,203

48.53%

Tulsa Households and Families

Tulsa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Tulsa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.1%27.9%
All50.8%49.2%
Non Family39.7%60.3%
Male38.4%61.6%
Female32.9%67.1%

50.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All164,2242.4150.8
Non Family69,9831.2539.7
Married61,9023.272.1
Female24,0223.3632.9
Male8,3173.5338.4

3.17

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

5.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Tulsa Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade14,2815.42%
9th to 12th Grade19,9347.56%
High School Graduate66,52525.23%
Some College61,02523.14%
Associates Degree20,8327.90%
Bachelors Degree53,65320.34%
Graduate Degree27,46810.42%
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Tulsa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White163,071151,93362,205
Black36,58532,5616,568
Hispanic31,35817,1293,166
Multiple Races14,36612,6993,802
Native American11,0959,5412,338
Other Race10,7664,957634
Asian8,5066,4493,184
Islander36219446

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.17%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 38.15%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,154$38,789$28,934
Less Than High School$22,444$26,858$16,267
High School Grad$26,644$31,134$22,149
Some College$31,681$37,094$27,444
Bachelors Degree$45,644$57,623$37,974
Graduate Degree$60,465$81,454$50,370

$33,154

Average Earnings

$38,789

Average Male

$28,934

Average Female

Tulsa Language

Tulsa Language by Age

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Tulsa Language

81.86% of Tulsa residents speak only English, while 18.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.58% of the population.

Tulsa Poverty

Tulsa Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White213,65427,23612.75%
Black60,13519,50832.44%
Hispanic64,93017,84627.48%
Multiple30,0308,40928.00%
Other21,3186,43030.16%
Native17,3603,83822.11%
Asian13,1272,68420.45%
Islander4709019.15%

19.68%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.92%

Male Poverty Rate

21.34%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tulsa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is Black, with 32.44% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is White, with 12.75% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.36%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.12%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.49%
High School19.94%
Some College13.61%
Bachelors or Greater5.22%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed43.69%
Male Unemployed37.31%
Female Employed11.00%
Male Employed7.52%

Tulsa Income

Tulsa Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$46,113$70,784
Families$57,868$87,305
Married Families$75,718$109,966
Non Families$32,633$46,201
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Tulsa Marital Status

Tulsa Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.7%

Male Marriage Rate

40.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Tulsa Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Tulsa Veterans

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22,763

Number of Veterans

20,901

Male Veterans

1,862

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam7,679
First Gulf War3,946
Second Gulf War3,915
Korea2,163
World War II1,175
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Age Group Veterans
65 to 745,694
75+5,414
35 to 545,248
55 to 644,128
18 to 342,279
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Name Veterans % of Total
White17,7398.67%
Black2,9606.82%
2 or More1,0275.72%
Hispanic7942.02%
Indian6825.21%
Asian2102.04%
Other980.73%
Hawaiian4711.93%

Tulsa Veterans by Education

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9.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.91%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tulsa Employment Status

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65.7%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

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Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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55.60%

Born in Oklahoma

88.91%

Native Born

11.09%

Foreign Born

8.13%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

88.91% of Tulsa residents were born in the United States, with 55.60% having been born in Oklahoma. 8.13% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020396,543-2,063-0.52%
2019398,606-2,063-0.51%
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%