Fastest-growing counties in Oklahoma

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November 8, 2021
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Fastest-growing counties in Oklahoma

From 2019 to 2020, the U.S. population grew by .35%, its slowest rate since 1900. Declining births, increasing deaths largely due to the graying Baby Boomer population, and a crackdown on immigration have contributed to many states seeing net population losses in recent years.

But in other pockets of the country, populations are growing. These shifts can be due to job opportunities, high quality of life, easy commutability to job centers, low rents, or any combination of these or other factors. Stacker compiled a list of the fastest-growing counties in Oklahoma using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest population growth from 2010 to 2020.

A county typically sees population growth as a “bedroom community” (a municipality with an atypically large commuting population) to a large city. These communities are typically quieter than their feeder cities, offer lower rents and a higher quality of living, and are remote enough to be immune to the feeder city’s crime, traffic, and crowds. Keep reading to see if your home county made the list.

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#50. Okfuskee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -726
--- #2,354 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.0%
--- #51 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,464 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 11,310
--- #52 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,329 largest county nationwide

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#49. Cotton County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -703
--- #2,332 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -11.3%
--- #70 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,918 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,527
--- #66 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,778 largest county nationwide

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#48. Greer County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -691
--- #2,322 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -11.2%
--- #69 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,912 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,491
--- #67 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,779 largest county nationwide

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#47. Pushmataha County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -688
--- #2,319 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.0%
--- #50 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,455 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,812
--- #55 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,359 largest county nationwide

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#46. Washita County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -647
--- #2,286 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.6%
--- #45 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,392 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,924
--- #53 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,346 largest county nationwide

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#45. Delaware County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -620
--- #2,268 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.5%
--- #33 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,789 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 40,397
--- #25 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,176 largest county nationwide

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#44. Noble County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -585
--- #2,240 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.1%
--- #43 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,315 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,924
--- #53 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,346 largest county nationwide

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#43. Johnston County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -544
--- #2,212 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.0%
--- #42 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,307 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,272
--- #56 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,394 largest county nationwide

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#42. Coal County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -535
--- #2,201 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -9.2%
--- #65 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,786 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,266
--- #69 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,800 largest county nationwide

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#41. Beaver County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -515
--- #2,187 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -9.3%
--- #66 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,792 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,049
--- #70 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,821 largest county nationwide

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#40. Grant County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -410
--- #2,070 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -9.0%
--- #64 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,772 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 4,169
--- #72 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,876 largest county nationwide

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#39. Harmon County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -387
--- #2,038 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -13.5%
--- #73 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,993 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,488
--- #76 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,998 largest county nationwide

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#38. Lincoln County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -365
--- #2,011 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.1%
--- #32 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,737 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 33,458
--- #30 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,343 largest county nationwide

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#37. Harper County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -335
--- #1,975 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -9.3%
--- #67 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,796 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,272
--- #75 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,945 largest county nationwide

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#36. Ellis County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -292
--- #1,928 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -7.2%
--- #60 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,631 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,749
--- #73 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,905 largest county nationwide

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#35. Hughes County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -239
--- #1,867 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.8%
--- #34 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,824 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 13,367
--- #50 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,191 largest county nationwide

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#34. Dewey County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -236
--- #1,862 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.0%
--- #41 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,302 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 4,484
--- #71 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,858 largest county nationwide

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#33. Cimarron County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -207
--- #1,829 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -8.3%
--- #63 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,716 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,296
--- #77 largest county in Oklahoma, #3,019 largest county nationwide

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#32. Marshall County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -153
--- #1,756 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -1.0%
--- #31 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,721 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 15,312
--- #44 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,072 largest county nationwide

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#31. Roger Mills County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -88
--- #1,670 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -2.5%
--- #35 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,949 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,442
--- #74 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,926 largest county nationwide

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#30. Woods County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -32
--- #1,603 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -0.4%
--- #30 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,625 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 8,624
--- #61 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,519 largest county nationwide

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#29. Atoka County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 3
--- #1,560 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +0.0%
--- #29 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,559 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 14,143
--- #47 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,142 largest county nationwide

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#28. Alfalfa County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 78
--- #1,485 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.4%
--- #27 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,379 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,699
--- #65 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,762 largest county nationwide

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#27. Major County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 295
--- #1,334 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.9%
--- #20 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,040 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 7,782
--- #63 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,594 largest county nationwide

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#26. Kingfisher County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 408
--- #1,275 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.8%
--- #22 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,188 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 15,184
--- #45 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,079 largest county nationwide

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#25. Woodward County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 503
--- #1,235 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.5%
--- #24 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,215 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 20,470
--- #40 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,792 largest county nationwide

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#24. Beckham County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 593
--- #1,188 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.7%
--- #23 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,190 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 22,410
--- #38 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,696 largest county nationwide

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#23. Murray County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 711
--- #1,158 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.4%
--- #16 among counties in Oklahoma, #894 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 13,904
--- #49 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,161 largest county nationwide

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#22. Love County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 840
--- #1,122 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +9.0%
--- #10 among counties in Oklahoma, #613 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,146
--- #57 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,401 largest county nationwide

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#21. Cherokee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 896
--- #1,105 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.9%
--- #26 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,297 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 47,078
--- #18 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,034 largest county nationwide

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#20. Carter County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,010
--- #1,081 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.1%
--- #25 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,275 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 48,003
--- #17 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,021 largest county nationwide

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#19. Comanche County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,223
--- #1,027 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.0%
--- #28 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,424 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 121,125
--- #5 largest county in Oklahoma, #521 largest county nationwide

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#18. Pontotoc County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,421
--- #991 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.9%
--- #21 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,047 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 38,065
--- #28 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,220 largest county nationwide

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#17. Texas County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,558
--- #962 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +7.9%
--- #12 among counties in Oklahoma, #701 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 21,384
--- #39 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,745 largest county nationwide

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#16. Custer County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 1,689
--- #946 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.3%
--- #15 among counties in Oklahoma, #826 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 28,513
--- #33 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,470 largest county nationwide

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#15. Washington County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,116
--- #886 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.2%
--- #18 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,010 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 52,455
--- #14 largest county in Oklahoma, #960 largest county nationwide

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#14. Creek County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 2,840
--- #788 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.1%
--- #19 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,017 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 71,754
--- #10 largest county in Oklahoma, #763 largest county nationwide

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#13. Grady County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 3,250
--- #748 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.3%
--- #14 among counties in Oklahoma, #825 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 54,795
--- #13 largest county in Oklahoma, #931 largest county nationwide

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#12. Pottawatomie County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 3,703
--- #714 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.4%
--- #17 among counties in Oklahoma, #895 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 72,454
--- #9 largest county in Oklahoma, #760 largest county nationwide

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#11. Garfield County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 3,753
--- #712 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +6.4%
--- #13 among counties in Oklahoma, #820 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 62,846
--- #12 largest county in Oklahoma, #848 largest county nationwide

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#10. Bryan County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 4,872
--- #636 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +11.8%
--- #9 among counties in Oklahoma, #447 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 46,067
--- #19 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,053 largest county nationwide

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#9. Payne County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 5,959
--- #588 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +7.9%
--- #11 among counties in Oklahoma, #699 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 81,646
--- #7 largest county in Oklahoma, #702 largest county nationwide

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#8. McClain County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 8,555
--- #506 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +25.8%
--- #2 among counties in Oklahoma, #103 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 41,662
--- #24 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,150 largest county nationwide

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#7. Logan County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 9,778
--- #487 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +24.6%
--- #3 among counties in Oklahoma, #121 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 49,555
--- #15 largest county in Oklahoma, #999 largest county nationwide

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#6. Rogers County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 10,196
--- #475 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +12.0%
--- #8 among counties in Oklahoma, #439 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 95,240
--- #6 largest county in Oklahoma, #633 largest county nationwide

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#5. Wagoner County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 10,749
--- #462 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +15.3%
--- #5 among counties in Oklahoma, #297 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 80,981
--- #8 largest county in Oklahoma, #706 largest county nationwide

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#4. Canadian County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 44,591
--- #167 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +40.6%
--- #1 among counties in Oklahoma, #34 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 154,405
--- #4 largest county in Oklahoma, #439 largest county nationwide

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#3. Cleveland County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 48,697
--- #155 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +19.7%
--- #4 among counties in Oklahoma, #197 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 295,528
--- #3 largest county in Oklahoma, #238 largest county nationwide

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#2. Tulsa County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 79,522
--- #92 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.5%
--- #6 among counties in Oklahoma, #370 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 669,279
--- #2 largest county in Oklahoma, #102 largest county nationwide

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#1. Oklahoma County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: 92,269
--- #75 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +13.1%
--- #7 among counties in Oklahoma, #388 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 796,292
--- #1 largest county in Oklahoma, #82 largest county nationwide

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