More than 10,000 people moved into Oklahoma County than moved out from 2007 to 2011, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday.
About 54,000 people moved to Oklahoma County while about 43,000 moved out of the county to other states or other counties.
More than 5,000 moved to Oklahoma County from Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico and other parts of the world.
However, local migration tended to moved in the opposite direction, as more people moved out of Oklahoma County to surrounding counties than moved in from those same counties.
About 6,000 more people moved to neighboring Cleveland, Canadian and Logan counties than moved into Oklahoma County from those places during that time, and about 500 more moved to Tulsa County.
Oklahoma City stretches over four counties: Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Pottawatomie, meaning people moving out of Oklahoma County could still likely be counted among Oklahoma City's population.
Eric Long, research economist for the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, said because of Oklahoma City's size and accessibility, people can live a little further away and still work in the city, he said.
“The drivability of our market is one of the best in the country,” Long said. “It allows people to work in the core area of the city, and it provides additional housing outside the city.”