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1.6.23 – Oklahoman

Oklahoma continues to grow, topping 4 million residents for the first time, data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows.

That information, along with other facts recently highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, caught the attention of Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, who attributes Oklahoma’s growth primarily to trends that have been unfolding in Oklahoma City over the past 20 years

“We are just a city where people want to live,” Holt told The Oklahoman on Thursday.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, Oklahoma’s growth through July 2022 makes it the 28th-largest state in the nation, population wise, and one of just four states that have between 4 million and 5 million residents.

Holt said it will be a few more months before the Census Bureau releases the latest data detailing population growth on a municipal level.

But he said the latest data is telling.

“This is the first time Oklahoma has ever seen a census report that started with a four (as in, 4 million),” he said. “I attribute it to Oklahoma City’s success.”


Holt said Oklahoma City was one of only 14 in the U.S. to gain 100,000 residents over the decade between 2010 and 2020 — and was the sixth fastest-growing large city.

In June, it was declared the 20th-most populous city in the United States by the Census Bureau.

“Our metropolitan area has grown by percentages over the last 20 years far more than the national average and certainly far more than the Oklahoma average.

“All I know is that Oklahoma City’s population has been growing rapidly now basically for two straight decades … and I have every reason to think the growth in Oklahoma’s population is disproportionately happening in the Oklahoma City metro,” he said.

Where does Oklahoma population rank among U.S. states?

With just over 4 million residents, Oklahoma now ranks 28th in the country for population, according to census data. California remains the most populous state in the country with 39,029,342 residents. Wyoming is the country’s smallest state, population-wise, with 581,381 residents.

Here is a look at where Oklahoma falls among the country’s most populous states:

23South Carolina5,282,634