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Oklahoma City metro area tops state in population growth

Oklahoma City had highest volume of increase from 2010-11, but its suburbs — notably Mustang, Yukon and Moore — led in percentage growth; U.S. Census report is the latest in population estimates.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: June 29, 2012

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.

Low unemployment

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.

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