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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The capital city of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City (in the above picture). This state is the 19th largest (68,595 square miles) and the 28th most populous among the 50 United States and capital district. American Indian or Alaska Native is the second largest race after White in this state. Majority of occupations in Oklahoma is management and professional (31.90%), followed by sales and office (25.40%).

State Stats and Facts

  1. Oklahoma is often referred to as the Sooner State and Land of the Red Man
  2. Oklahoma has one of the highest number of population with two or more races (5.80% while national median 2.40%)
  3. Oklahoma has one of the highest number of American Indian and Alaska native-owned firms (6.30% compared to USA average 0.90%)
  4. Oklahoma has one of the lowest number of housing units in multi-unit structures (15.10% while national average 25.90%)
  5. Oklahoma has one of the lowest prices of owner-occupied housing units ($110,800.00 while country median $181,400.00)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Based on 2013 estimate, Oklahoma population was 3,850,568 which ranks the 28th among the 50 states and capital district in the US. The most populous city in Oklahoma is Oklahoma City. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 2.60%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Oklahoma population represents only 1.22% of the entire population in the USA as featured in the following chart.

Oklahoma total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Oklahoma (in descending order):

  • White ancestry 75.40%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 9.00%
  • Black or African American 7.70%
  • Others (two or more races) 5.80%
  • Asian ethnicity 2.00%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.20%

The following chart compares Oklahoma population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Oklahoma population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.90% of Oklahoma population are under 5 years old, 24.60% are under 18 years and 14.30% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 9.20% of Oklahoma population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 50.50% which is slightly more than male population. Oklahoma female population number ranks the 30th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Oklahoma and the USA.

Female and male population in Oklahoma vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 86.20%, this is higher than US median of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 23.20%, this is lower than US median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 67.50%, this is higher than US median of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 16.60%, this is higher than US median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Oklahoma Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 1.94% of total land area
  • Oklahoma has less population density than the USA average (54.7 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Oklahoma is lower by 2.98 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Oklahoma land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Oklahoma USA
Land area (square miles) 68,594.92 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 54.7 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 75.9 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Oklahoma unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 4.50% (lower than national average). Minimum wage in Oklahoma is $7.25 per hour, which ranks the 36th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Oklahoma based on Census 2010
Occupation Oklahoma USA
Management or professional-related job 31.90% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.80% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.40% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.70% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 11.50% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 13.60% 12.50%
Comparison of Oklahoma Occupation Types to USA Average

With regard to travel time to work, workers in Oklahoma usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Oklahoma was 21.0 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 3.10%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 6.30%, higher than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 2.00%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 2.30%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 25.30%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. These highlight which specific business area Oklahoma is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Oklahoma USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 60,681,358 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 48,074,682 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 43,095,353 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 5,106,585 613,795,732
Oklahoma Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $11,931.00, which is lower than US median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Oklahoma was 11,930.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Oklahoma has one of the highest death rate resulting from storm events (51 while USA average 11)
  2. Oklahoma has one of the highest number of American Indian and Alaska native population (9.00% whilst USA median 1.20%)

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