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U.S. Census and Redistricting Primer (Feb 25, 2011)

The U.S. Census Bureau released more detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor and leadership of the state legislature in Oklahoma.

Frequent KGOU political analyst and University of Oklahoma Political Science Professor Keith Gaddie is a recognized expert on the redistricting process that follows each census count. He came to the KGOU studios to provide a census and redistricting primer.

These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census.

Data for Oklahoma show that the five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census counts are Oklahoma City, 579,999; Tulsa, 391,906; Norman, 110,925; Broken Arrow, 98,850; and Lawton, 96,867. Oklahoma City grew by 14.6 percent since the 2000 Census. Tulsa decreased by 0.3 percent, Norman grew by 15.9 percent, Broken Arrow grew by 32.0 percent, and Lawton grew by 4.4 percent.

Use the Census Widget to learn more about the 2010 count.

The largest county is Oklahoma with a population of 718,633. Its population grew by 8.8 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Tulsa, with a population of 603,403 (increase of 7.1 percent); Cleveland, 255,755 (increase of 22.9 percent); Comanche, 124,098 (increase of 7.9 percent); and Canadian, 115,541 (increase of 31.8 percent).

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