Figures recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Ardmore’s population grew 2.4 percent in the past decade.

Figures recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau show Ardmore’s population grew 2.4 percent in the past decade.


The city, which is ranked as the 16th largest in the state, grew from 23,711 residents in 2000 to 24,283 residents in 2010.


State leaders recently got a first look at a portion of the 2010 Census results to use in redistricting.


Redistricting refers to the process of redrawing district boundaries to accommodate congressional reapportionment as well as population changes within the state based on the 2010 Census. All of Oklahoma’s congressional, Senate and House districts will be redrawn, taking into account the population shifts since the census in 2000.


According to new census figures, the state’s population grew by 8.7 percent in the past 10 years. The five most populous cities and their 2010 Census counts are Oklahoma City, 579,999; Tulsa, 391,906; Norman, 110,925; Broken Arrow, 98,850; and Lawton, 96,867. Oklahoma City grew by 14.6 percent since the 2000 Census. Tulsa decreased by 0.3 percent, Norman grew by 15.9 percent, Broken Arrow grew by 32.0 percent and Lawton grew by 4.4 percent.


Oklahoma County is the largest in the state with a population of 718,633. Its population grew by 8.8 percent since 2000. The other counties in the top five include Tulsa, with a population of 603,403 (increase of 7.1 percent); Cleveland, 255,755 (increase of 22.9 percent); Comanche, 124,098 (increase of 7.9 percent); and Canadian, 115,541 (increase of 31.8 percent).


The new census figures also show Oklahoma now has more residents who identify themselves as Hispanic than Native American. Over the past decade, the number of Hispanics has nearly doubled from 179,304 in 2000 to 332,007 in 2010. Hispanics now account for 9 percent of the state’s 3.75 million residents, compared to 8.5 percent for Native Americans.


In southern Oklahoma, Carter County grew 4.2 percent. Also growing were Johnston (4.2 percent), Love (6.7 percent), Marshall (20.1 percent) and Murray (6.9 percent) counties. In contrast, Jefferson County lost population, falling from 6,818 residents in 2000 to 6,472 in 2010.


Other information will be published as additional 2010 Census data becomes available.

County population
                   2010      2000
Carter        47,557    45,621
Jefferson    6,472      6,818
Johnston   10,957    10,513
Love            9,423      8,831
Marshall    15,840    13,184
Murray      13,488    12,623