Oklahoma gains nearly 200K residents over last decade

Mike Seals - April 26, 2021 9:54 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Monday shows Oklahoma has gained nearly 200,000 residents over the last 10 years, but not enough to gain another U.S. House seat.

The data shows Oklahoma’s total population in 2020, including U.S. military and civilian employees and their families living overseas, is 3,963,516. The state’s population after the 2010 census was 3,764,882.

Oklahoma’s largest population shifts over the last decade have been from rural parts of the state to urban and suburban areas. As a result, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area picked up an additional state House and Senate seats in proposed new state legislative maps that were publicly released last week.

The U.S. Census data released on Monday is not yet detailed enough to redraw the state’s congressional districts to ensure an equal number of residents in each district, said Rep. Ryan Martinez, the chairman of the House Redistricting Committee.

That more detailed data is expected to be released sometime in August, and the Legislature will have to meet in a special session in the fall to approve those new districts.

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