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Okla Census Numbers Show Population Changes (Feb 15, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Census bureau figures released today show there are more Hispanics in Oklahoma than there are Native Americans. In some of state's largest cities, Hispanics make up more than 10 percent of the population.

The state as a whole has 3.75 million residents, and nearly 9 percent identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Just over 8.5 percent identified themselves as Native Americans.

The Hispanic population climbed 85 percent between 2000 and 2010. The Native American population was up 18 percent over the decade.

In Oklahoma City, more than 17 percent of its 580,000 residents identified themselves as being of Hispanic descent. In Tulsa, the figure is 14 percent of its 392,000 residents. Other cities with significant Hispanic concentrations are Lawton and Enid.

Also, Oklahoma now has three cities with six-figure populations.

Census figures show Norman's population grew to 110,925 during the past decade, up 15.9 percent. The Cleveland County town remains the state's third-largest city behind Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Oklahoma City's population is 579,999, up 14.6 percent, while Tulsa's population dropped by 0.3 percent to 391,906.

Broken Arrow is now the state's fourth-largest city, with a population of 98,850, up 32 percent. It passes Lawton, which is fifth with 96,867 residents.

Edmond is sixth at 81,405, a rise of 19.2 percent from a decade ago. Moore, which was ninth in 2000, moves to seventh and now has 55,081 residents. That's a jump of 33.9 percent.

Midwest City, Enid and Stillwater round out Oklahoma's top 10 in population.



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