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 Sulphur and Perry, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Oklahoma for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Jenks (Photos)
- Owasso (Photos)
- Bixby (Photos)
- Glenpool (Photos)
- Collinsville (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Jenks, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–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.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
We ranked all 76 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 19,852 Population 2010: 15,446
Growth Rate: 28.53%
Absolute Growth: 4,406
Population: 6,779 Population 2010: 5,314
Growth Rate: 27.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,465
Population: 33,598 Population 2010: 26,905
Growth Rate: 24.88%
Absolute Growth: 6,693
Population: 9,030 Population 2010: 7,255
Growth Rate: 24.47%
Absolute Growth: 1,775
Population: 23,956 Population 2010: 19,419
Growth Rate: 23.36%
Absolute Growth: 4,537
Population: 12,351 Population 2010: 10,319
Growth Rate: 19.69%
Absolute Growth: 2,032
Population: 19,637 Population 2010: 16,529
Growth Rate: 18.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,108
Population: 8,267 Population 2010: 7,222
Growth Rate: 14.47%
Absolute Growth: 1,045
Population: 6,293 Population 2010: 5,516
Growth Rate: 14.09%
Absolute Growth: 777
Population: 6,576 Population 2010: 5,786
Growth Rate: 13.65%
Absolute Growth: 790
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Oklahoma are led by Jenks which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Oklahoma