Per capita incomes in Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas both peaked in 2008 and fell sharply in 2009 as Oklahoma began feeling the effects of the national recession.
Per capita income grew in the Oklahoma City metro by 3.5 percent in 2010 and 5.9 percent in 2011, the bureau said. In Tulsa's metro area, it grew 3.8 percent in 2010 and 6.8 percent last year.
The Oklahoma City metro per capita income rose to $40,002 in 2011, the bureau said. That's up from $37,761 in 2010. Tulsa metro per capita income was $42,236 last year, up from $39,529 in 2010.
Nationally, per capita income averaged $41,560 in 2011. It ranged from a high of $78,504 in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., metro area to a low of $21,620 in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas.
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Inflation takes away from purchasing power. As the cost of goods increases, then anybody who earned $30,000 last year and this year is going to feel like they're not doing as well.”
Deputy division director of research and economic analysis at the Oklahoma Commerce Department