Fastest-growing counties in Oklahoma

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May 18, 2022
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Fastest-growing counties in Oklahoma

Why do people move from one county or region to another? The usual suspects are jobs, family, significant others, and overall cost of living, but there are other elements at play. For those with children, moving within close proximity of a highly rated school district is a key contributing factor. For younger adults just starting out, living someplace with a vibrant social scene might be a top priority. And for those whose careers have wound down after a lifetime of work, finding retirement-friendly communities is the goal—communities deemed to be safe, offer accessibility to medical resources and leisure activities in equal measure, and be affordable for those on a limited income.

This is, of course, by no means an exhaustive list. People’s reasons for choosing to live where they do are as diverse as people themselves.

As far as why certain counties across the U.S. have experienced growth, relocation is not the sole, or even primary, reason why. While more than 1,800 counties saw population gains in 2021, approximately 73% of all U.S. counties saw what the U.S. Census Bureau characterizes as a natural decrease. This was a significant jump from 2020, when 55.5% of countries experienced such a decrease. According to the Bureau, natural decrease is the simple result of “when there are more deaths than births in a population over a given time period.” In 2021, the conflation of fewer births with an aging population that was also absorbing a higher-than-usual mortality rate due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to this “increased decrease.”

Nonetheless, as stated 1,800 counties nationwide have grown larger over the last year, and a sizable percentage of them are in Oklahoma. 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, based on the U.S. Decennial Census.

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#50. Kiowa County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -937
--- #2,458 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -9.9%
--- #65 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,857 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 8,509
--- #62 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,532 largest county nationwide
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#49. Craig County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -922
--- #2,450 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.1%
--- #44 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,487 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 14,107
--- #48 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,148 largest county nationwide
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#48. Okfuskee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -881
--- #2,426 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -7.2%
--- #56 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,642 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 11,310
--- #52 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,329 largest county nationwide
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#47. Lincoln County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -815
--- #2,394 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -2.4%
--- #29 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,904 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 33,458
--- #30 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,343 largest county nationwide
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#46. Pushmataha County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -760
--- #2,366 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.6%
--- #51 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,555 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,812
--- #55 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,359 largest county nationwide

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#45. Greer County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -748
--- #2,358 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -12.0%
--- #71 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,957 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,491
--- #67 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,778 largest county nationwide
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#44. Washita County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -705
--- #2,334 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.1%
--- #43 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,475 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: -685
--- #2,315 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.3%
--- #47 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,504 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,272
--- #56 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,394 largest county nationwide
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#42. Cotton County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -666
--- #2,301 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -10.8%
--- #67 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,911 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,527
--- #66 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,777 largest county nationwide
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#41. Coal County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -659
--- #2,295 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -11.1%
--- #68 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,926 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,266
--- #69 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,799 largest county nationwide

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#40. Noble County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -637
--- #2,270 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.5%
--- #41 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,406 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,924
--- #53 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,346 largest county nationwide
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#39. Hughes County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -636
--- #2,269 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -4.5%
--- #37 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,251 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 13,367
--- #50 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,191 largest county nationwide
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#38. Beaver County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -587
--- #2,233 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -10.4%
--- #66 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,892 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,049
--- #70 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,820 largest county nationwide
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#37. Marshall County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -528
--- #2,171 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -3.3%
--- #33 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,050 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 15,312
--- #44 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,072 largest county nationwide
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#36. Harmon County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -434
--- #2,088 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -14.9%
--- #74 among counties in Oklahoma, #3,049 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,488
--- #76 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,997 largest county nationwide

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#35. Harper County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -413
--- #2,058 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -11.2%
--- #69 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,931 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,272
--- #75 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,944 largest county nationwide
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#34. Ellis County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -402
--- #2,044 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -9.7%
--- #64 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,839 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,749
--- #73 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,904 largest county nationwide
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#33. Grant County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -358
--- #1,990 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -7.9%
--- #60 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,711 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 4,169
--- #72 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,875 largest county nationwide
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#32. Dewey County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -326
--- #1,951 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -6.8%
--- #53 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,585 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 4,484
--- #71 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,857 largest county nationwide
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#31. Woods County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -254
--- #1,845 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -2.9%
--- #32 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,978 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 8,624
--- #61 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,519 largest county nationwide

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#30. Roger Mills County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -205
--- #1,783 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -5.6%
--- #42 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,418 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 3,442
--- #74 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,925 largest county nationwide
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#29. Cimarron County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -179
--- #1,741 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -7.2%
--- #57 among counties in Oklahoma, #2,643 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 2,296
--- #77 largest county in Oklahoma, #3,018 largest county nationwide
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#28. Atoka County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: -39
--- #1,542 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: -0.3%
--- #28 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,538 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 14,143
--- #47 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,142 largest county nationwide
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#27. Alfalfa County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +57
--- #1,422 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.0%
--- #24 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,334 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 5,699
--- #65 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,761 largest county nationwide
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#26. Cherokee County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +91
--- #1,403 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +0.2%
--- #27 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,460 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 47,078
--- #18 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,034 largest county nationwide

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#25. Kingfisher County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +150
--- #1,359 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.0%
--- #25 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,336 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 15,184
--- #45 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,079 largest county nationwide
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#24. Major County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +255
--- #1,292 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.4%
--- #17 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,006 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 7,782
--- #63 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,594 largest county nationwide
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#23. Beckham County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +291
--- #1,268 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.3%
--- #23 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,282 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 22,410
--- #38 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,696 largest county nationwide
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#22. Woodward County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +389
--- #1,209 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.9%
--- #21 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,195 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 20,470
--- #40 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,792 largest county nationwide
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#21. Murray County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +416
--- #1,198 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.1%
--- #18 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,043 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 13,904
--- #49 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,161 largest county nationwide

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#20. Carter County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +446
--- #1,174 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +0.9%
--- #26 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,342 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 48,003
--- #17 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,021 largest county nationwide
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#19. Pontotoc County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +573
--- #1,127 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +1.5%
--- #22 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,250 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 38,065
--- #28 largest county in Oklahoma, #1,220 largest county nationwide
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#18. Love County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +723
--- #1,081 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +7.7%
--- #10 among counties in Oklahoma, #586 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 10,146
--- #57 largest county in Oklahoma, #2,401 largest county nationwide
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#17. Texas County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +744
--- #1,072 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.6%
--- #16 among counties in Oklahoma, #973 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: +1,044
--- #988 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.8%
--- #14 among counties in Oklahoma, #953 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: +1,479
--- #908 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.9%
--- #19 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,072 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: +1,787
--- #848 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +2.6%
--- #20 among counties in Oklahoma, #1,109 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 71,754
--- #10 largest county in Oklahoma, #763 largest county nationwide
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#13. Garfield County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +2,266
--- #789 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +3.7%
--- #15 among counties in Oklahoma, #959 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 62,846
--- #12 largest county in Oklahoma, #848 largest county nationwide
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#12. Grady County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +2,364
--- #772 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.5%
--- #12 among counties in Oklahoma, #877 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 54,795
--- #13 largest county in Oklahoma, #931 largest county nationwide
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#11. Pottawatomie County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +3,012
--- #703 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +4.3%
--- #13 among counties in Oklahoma, #891 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 72,454
--- #9 largest county in Oklahoma, #760 largest county nationwide

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#10. Bryan County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +3,651
--- #651 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +8.6%
--- #9 among counties in Oklahoma, #510 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: +4,296
--- #603 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +5.6%
--- #11 among counties in Oklahoma, #765 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: +7,156
--- #508 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +20.7%
--- #2 among counties in Oklahoma, #101 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: +7,707
--- #493 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +18.4%
--- #3 among counties in Oklahoma, #138 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 49,555
--- #15 largest county in Oklahoma, #999 largest county nationwide
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#6. Wagoner County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +7,896
--- #488 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +10.8%
--- #7 among counties in Oklahoma, #383 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 80,981
--- #8 largest county in Oklahoma, #706 largest county nationwide

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#5. Rogers County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +8,335
--- #476 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +9.6%
--- #8 among counties in Oklahoma, #445 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 95,240
--- #6 largest county in Oklahoma, #633 largest county nationwide
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#4. Canadian County

- 2010 to 2020 population change: +38,864
--- #168 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +33.6%
--- #1 among counties in Oklahoma, #27 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: +39,773
--- #166 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +15.6%
--- #4 among counties in Oklahoma, #207 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: +65,876
--- #93 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +10.9%
--- #5 among counties in Oklahoma, #373 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: +77,659
--- #74 among all counties nationwide
- 2010 to 2020 percent population change: +10.8%
--- #6 among counties in Oklahoma, #382 among all counties nationwide
- 2020 population: 796,292
--- #1 largest county in Oklahoma, #82 largest county nationwide

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