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Oklahoma City, Tulsa growing in different ways

Oklahoma City, Tulsa growing in different ways

Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas are at the front lines of emerging demographic trends in population, aging, immigration and education, according to an analysis of census data by the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution.


Published: May 17, 2010

The natural rivalry between Oklahoma’s two largest cities has been overtaken by the way both have grown in the last decade.

Oklahoma City now has more in common with Tampa, Fla., and Boise, Idaho, than it does with Tulsa. Meanwhile, Tulsa is more like Wichita, Kan., and Cleveland, Ohio, than Oklahoma City.

That’s according to a new study of Census data in the nation’s top 100 metropolitan areas — which include two-thirds of the U.S. population — by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy organization. The metros range in size from 500,000 people in Modesto, Calif., to 19 million in New York City. The study clusters metro areas into seven groups that share characteristics... FULL ARTICLE


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