WASHINGTON — Oklahoma had nearly 3.7 million people last July, and the three biggest cities in the state had slight gains from the year before, according to the last population estimates to be released before the official census is completed later this year.
The state had a population of 3,687,050 in July 2009, up by 43,025 people from a year earlier, the U.S. Census Bureau reported on Tuesday. According to the 2009 estimates, the state had grown by 236,396 people since the 2000 census. The 2010 census is being conducted and state population counts are scheduled to be delivered to President Barack Obama in December. Oklahoma City had 560,332 people last July, up by more than 8,000 from 2008 and up from 506,132 in the 2000 census. Oklahoma City was the 31st largest city in the nation last July. Tulsa had 389,625 people last July, up by nearly 4,000 from the prior year, making it the 47th largest city in the country. Tulsa has actually shrunk since the 2000 census from a population of 393,049, according to the estimates released Tuesday. Norman was the 234th largest city in the country last year, with a population of 109,063; that was up from 107,316 in 2008 and 95,694 in 2000. Rust Belt cities and other U.