Oklahoma City led the state's largest cities in population increase from 2010-11, while Moore ranked among the top 100 cities in the country for its growth, recently released U.S. Census Bureau data show.
Oklahoma City's population jumped from 580,001 in July 2010, to 591,967 the following year, a 2.1 percent increase, according to population and housing unit estimates released on Thursday.
Statewide, the fastest-growing cities were Mustang and Piedmont (3.5 percent growth) and Yukon (3.4 percent).
Eight of the state's 10 cities experiencing the largest numeric growth were in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Moore, with an increase of 1,234 people, was the only Oklahoma city included in the bureau's national ranking of 100 cities experiencing the most growth (50,000-plus population cities only).
With a 2.1 percent increase from 2010-11, Moore was ranked 89th in the nation.
The state's population as a whole increased by 40,154 people, to 3,791,508.
It was a growth rate of 1 percent over the previous year, according to the data.
Population growth in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas has been steady and consistent for several years and can be attributed to low unemployment and a broad base of new industry, said Eric Long, a research economist with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.
More than 5,600 chamber-assisted jobs were created last year, reflecting $420 million in capital investment from new or growing companies, Long said.
“It's more of a lower growth rate this year, so I think it's more of a broad-based growth from multiple sectors of the economy,” he said. “And I think given that we have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, that kind of plays upon the national audience.”
Other cultural and economic shifts, including a revitalized Bricktown, or the successes of the Oklahoma City Thunder, for example, are also big attracters, Long said.
“It really gives a boost to our overall impression as a city where people want to live,” he said.
Moore sees population growth
Deidre Ebrey, director of economic development and marketing for the city of Moore, said that city's growth goes hand-in-hand with growth across the Oklahoma City metro area.
The growth has happened naturally, she said. Capturing and directing that growth, however, has required careful planning.
She said being in the Oklahoma City metro area helps, but that Moore also boasts a high-quality school district and lower commute times than comparable cities.
“It's just the consistent managing of our larger growth that we did have back in the early parts of 2000, 2001, 2003 — I think we managed that really well,” Ebrey said.
“I think the perception and reality now are kind of matching up that this is a great place to raise a family.”