Tulsa, Oklahoma Population 2020

401,966
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Tulsa is a city located in Oklahoma. With a 2020 population of 401,966, it is the 2nd largest city in Oklahoma (after Oklahoma City) and the 48th largest city in the United States. Tulsa is currently growing at a rate of 0.19% annually and its population has increased by 2.57% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 391,906 in 2010. Tulsa reached it's highest population of 404,007 in 2016. Spanning over 202 miles, Tulsa has a population density of 2,036 people per square mile.

The average household income in Tulsa is $73,816 with a poverty rate of 19.43%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $829 per month, and the median house value is $139,900. The median age in Tulsa is 35.1 years, 33.9 years for males, and 36.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 94.6 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: 64.34%
  • Black or African American: 15.24%
  • Two or more races: 7.50%
  • Other race: 4.86%
  • Native American: 4.53%
  • Asian: 3.41%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.13%
The current population of Tulsa, Oklahoma is 401,966, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 400,414.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 391,906.

Tulsa, Oklahoma Population 2020

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20201,004,1205,4940.55%
2019998,6265,4910.55%
2018993,1351,8050.18%
2017991,3302,6240.26%
2016988,7067,7800.79%
2015980,92611,5051.17%
2014969,4217,5170.78%
2013961,9049,4200.98%
2012952,4846,7340.71%
2011945,7505,9170.63%
2010939,8330.00%

Tulsa Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White258,86364.34%
Black or African American61,30515.24%
Two or More Races30,1567.50%
Some Other Race19,5434.86%
American Indian and Alaska Native18,2134.53%
Asian13,7123.41%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander5320.13%
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Tulsa Population by Race

Tulsa Population Pyramid 2020

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Tulsa Median Age

35.1


Total

33.9


Male

36.4


Female

Tulsa Adults

There are 303,831 adults, (56,484 of whom are seniors) in Tulsa.

Tulsa Age Dependency

62.7

Age Dependency Ratio

22.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Tulsa Sex Ratio

Female

206,790

51.40%

Male

195,534

48.60%

Tulsa Population by Age

Tulsa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Tulsa Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72%28%
All50.7%49.3%
Male40.4%59.6%
Non Family39.3%60.7%
Female32.7%67.3%

50.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Tulsa Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All164,0002.4150.7
Non Family70,0071.2539.3
Married61,8943.2172
Female23,7643.3832.7
Male8,3353.4840.4

3.18

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

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Tulsa Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade13,9885.28%
9th to 12th Grade19,5887.40%
High School Graduate67,01825.30%
Some College59,76422.57%
Associates Degree21,0487.95%
Bachelors Degree54,82220.70%
Graduate Degree28,61610.80%
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Tulsa Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Tulsa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White162,934152,14464,225
Black36,87132,7396,472
Hispanic31,96018,4103,426
Multiple Races14,16912,5093,655
Native American11,5589,8912,608
Other Race10,0234,830618
Asian8,6386,4583,267
Islander39221216

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.38%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 39.42%.

Tulsa Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$34,354$40,304$30,071
Less Than High School$23,247$27,049$17,323
High School Grad$27,283$31,594$22,979
Some College$31,844$38,804$27,930
Bachelors Degree$47,202$59,636$40,201
Graduate Degree$62,789$85,150$50,786

$34,354

Average Earnings

$40,304

Average Male

$30,071

Average Female

Tulsa Earnings by Educational Attainment

Tulsa Language by Age

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Tulsa Language

81.51% of Tulsa residents speak only English, while 18.49% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 13.90% of the population.

Tulsa Language

Tulsa Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White212,85726,63412.51%
Black59,98519,03731.74%
Hispanic65,74817,33026.36%
Multiple29,7858,44328.35%
Other19,4046,11431.51%
Native17,8853,91021.86%
Asian13,4343,03422.58%
Islander53219837.22%

19.43%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.82%

Male Poverty Rate

20.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Tulsa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is Islander, with 37.22% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Tulsa is White, with 12.51% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.31%. Among those working part-time, it was 23.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.81%.

Tulsa Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.11%
High School19.75%
Some College14.04%
Bachelors or Greater5.38%

Tulsa Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed44.92%
Male Unemployed37.48%
Female Employed10.69%
Male Employed7.68%

Tulsa Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Tulsa Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$47,650$73,816
Families$60,498$91,828
Married Families$79,616$115,338
Non Families$33,060$47,342
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Income by Household Type

Tulsa Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.4%

Male Marriage Rate

40.7%

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 Marital Status

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21,871

Number of Veterans

19,912

Male Veterans

1,959

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam7,548
Second Gulf War3,952
First Gulf War3,871
Korea1,857
World War II950

Tulsa Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 745,548
75+5,317
35 to 544,911
55 to 644,030
18 to 342,065

Tulsa Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White17,0028.27%
Black2,7546.31%
2 or More9915.62%
Hispanic8542.13%
Indian7645.65%
Asian1971.90%
Other1431.16%
Hawaiian204.77%

Tulsa Veterans by Race

Tulsa Veterans by Education

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9.85%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.62%

Veteran Disability Rate

Tulsa Veterans by Education

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65.6%

Labor Force Participation

61.4%

Employment Rate

6.3%

Unemployment Rate

Tulsa Employment by Age

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Tulsa Employment by Race

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Tulsa Employment by Education

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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55.59%

Born in Oklahoma

88.82%

Native Born

11.18%

Foreign Born

7.92%

Non Citizen

3.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.82% of Tulsa residents were born in the United States, with 55.59% having been born in Oklahoma. 7.92% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Tulsa Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020401,9667760.19%
2019401,1907760.19%
2018400,414-1,646-0.41%
2017402,060-1,947-0.48%
2016404,0075160.13%
2015403,4913,5990.90%
2014399,8921,4910.37%
2013398,4013,7580.95%
2012394,6431,6380.42%
2011393,0056020.15%
2010392,403-646-0.02%
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%

Tulsa Population by Year