The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

24 June 2006

Last one out, turn off the lights

Tulsa Chiggers sees the Oil Capital's population decline as "ominous":

Tulsa's population has declined every year since the 2000 census. In fact, our population has declined by 2.7% in the past five years. Over that same period, three of Tulsa's suburbs, Bixby, Jenks and Owasso had the highest percentage growth rate in the state of Oklahoma over the same 5 year period. By the way, Broken Arrow, Catoosa and Claremore all had substantial gains over the period.

Oklahoma City had a respectable 5% gain over the period.

On the other hand, some municipalities would love to have lost only 2.7 percent:

Cincinnati's population declined by 22,555 people between April 2000 and July 2005, or 6.8 percent, shrinking to 308,728 from 331,283. Detroit also fell 6.8 percent, losing 64,599 people. New Orleans was next, losing 6.2 percent of its population, and this was well before the Katrina disaster. Pittsburgh lost 5.3 percent of its population. Rounding out the bottom five was Cleveland, which shed 5.3 percent of its inhabitants.

St. Louis, which dropped by 1.8 percent in one year, now has 344,362 people. Improbable as it may seem today, in 1900, St. Louis was the fourth-largest city in the country, with a population of 575,238; the peak was 1950, with 856,796.) Is St. Louis "dying on the vine"? Not even close.

Tulsa indisputably has its problems, but there's no way it's about to collapse.

Posted at 9:21 AM to Soonerland