Where Are All the New Residents of Tulsa Moving From?

Once known as the oil capital of the world, Tulsa is now home to companies in a variety of industries, from aerospace to public relations to financial services and even sonar equipment manufacturing.

Tulsa is also now home to more and more people. In fact, the metro area added nearly 7,000 new residents between July 2015 and July 2016, according to the latest census data. During that time, the population went from 980,459 to 987,201, a 0.7 percent increase. Tulsa County, where the city of Tulsa is located, grew at the same clip during that time, going from 638,558 to 642,940 people, also a 0.7 percent increase. (The metro area is larger than the county, and so is its population.)

Some of that growth comes from new births and immigration, but a good chunk of it is also due to people moving into Tulsa from other places in the U.S. Indeed, Tulsa County attracted 36,424 domestic movers from 2011 to 2015, according to another census study that covers those years.

So, where are all those people coming from? That same census study gives us a pretty good idea. It’s almost an even split between those coming from other places in the U.S. (18,063) and those moving from within Oklahoma (18,361).

Below are rankings for the top five counties of origin for movers to Tulsa County:

Movers outside of Oklahoma:

  1. Tarrant County, TX (Fort Worth)
  2. Harris County, TX (Houston)
  3. Dallas County, TX
  4. Los Angeles County, CA
  5. Sedgwick County, KS (Wichita)

Movers from Oklahoma:

  1. Rogers County
  2. Wagoner County
  3. Creek County
  4. Oklahoma County
  5. Osage County

Above are the top places inside Oklahoma that people moved to Tulsa County from over the five-year period 2011-2015. Numbers represent the number of movers from that place during the period.

Elizabeth Whalen