Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa, while others want peace and quiet like in Perry and Lone Grove, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Oklahoma have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Sooner State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Oklahoma are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Sooner State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 74 Oklahoma cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Sooner State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 18,312 Population 2010: 15,446
Growth Rate: 18.55%
Absolute Growth: 2,866
Population: 31,738 Population 2010: 26,905
Growth Rate: 17.96%
Absolute Growth: 4,833
Population: 6,232 Population 2010: 5,314
Growth Rate: 17.28%
Absolute Growth: 918
Population: 22,480 Population 2010: 19,419
Growth Rate: 15.76%
Absolute Growth: 3,061
Population: 8,383 Population 2010: 7,255
Growth Rate: 15.55%
Absolute Growth: 1,128
Population: 18,575 Population 2010: 16,529
Growth Rate: 12.38%
Absolute Growth: 2,046
Population: 11,398 Population 2010: 10,319
Growth Rate: 10.46%
Absolute Growth: 1,079
Population: 57,563 Population 2010: 52,506
Growth Rate: 9.63%
Absolute Growth: 5,057
Population 2014: 11,921 Population 2010: 10,904
Growth Rate: 9.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,017
Population: 7,407 Population 2010: 6,802
Growth Rate: 8.89%
Absolute Growth: 605
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma are led by Jenks which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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