An estimated 3.9 million people call Oklahoma home. The state has 55 people per square mile, according to the 2010 Census
. All but one of the biggest cities in Oklahoma experienced population growth between the 2000 and 2010 Census.
Here is a list of the six biggest cities in Oklahoma, along with a few interesting facts about each:
1. Oklahoma City:
Oklahoma's state capital saw a 14.6 percent growth in population between 2010 and 2014. It might be the 300 days per year of sunshine that this city reportedly enjoys that has drawn 579,999 people here, or the fact that three major interstates — I-35, I-40, and I-44 — converge in Oklahoma City.
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With one of the lowest unemployment rates among major U.S. cities, Oklahoma City has a diverse workforce spread across the government, energy, medical, and education sectors, as well as other industries.
Just shy of 392,000 residents in the 2010 Census, Tulsa is the only city among the biggest cities in Oklahoma to see a decline in population between 2000 and 2010 (-0.3 percent). An old law that has yet to be thrown out says it's illegal to bring an elephant into downtown Tulsa. You also can't legally get a tattoo in the city. On the plus side, residents enjoy a low unemployment rate (4 percent in December 2014) and a cost of living that's 8.6 percent below the national average.
Incorporated in 1891, Norman encompasses 190 square miles and has a current population of about 117,000. A low unemployment rate (3.8 percent) and an impressive median value of housing units ($147,700) attract people to this city.
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4. Broken Arrow:
Broken Arrow's population jumped 32 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to Census reports. With about 100,000 residents, Broken Arrow has a median household income of $65,484, which is $20,000 higher than Oklahoma as a whole.
Lawton overlooks the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma. The city currently has a population of just under 100,000 and is the retail and distribution center for the area's cattle and dairy markets. There are several lakes and streams in the surrounding area.
Historic Route 66 travels through Edmond, population 81,405. The city is sometimes referred to as the "crown jewel" of Oklahoma and has been recognized by Family Circle, CNBC, and CNN Money as one of the best cities in the United States in which to live and raise a family.
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