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February 16, 2011

Verdigris, Catoosa post most population increases; Chelsea loses residents

CLAREMORE — Rogers County now ranks as the sixth largest county in Oklahoma.

The 2010 census data revealed Tuesday that Rogers County grew by 23 percent since 2000. Now with 86,905 residents, the county of Will Rogers’ birth is among the counties which grew the most in the past decade.

Rogers County went from 70,641 in 2000 to 86,905 in 2010.

Canadian County led the way with 31.8 percent growth. It had 87,697 residents in 2000 and now has 115,541. Wagoner County grew by 27.1 percent with 57,491 residents in 2000 and 73,350 in 2010.

Oklahoma County remains the largest county in the state with 718,633 residents. It only experienced 8.8 percent growth. Tulsa County is second largest with a population of 603,403 and 7.1 percent growth. Cleveland County continued to be the third most populated county in the state with 255,755 residents and 22.9 percent growth.

Verdigris and Catoosa showed the most growth of Rogers County municipalities. Verdigris went from 1,821 residents in 2000 to 3,993 in the 2010 census, a whopping 54.3 percent growth. Catoosa was not far behind moving from 3,908 residents in 2000 to 7,151 in 2010, registering 45.3 percent growth.

Claremore posted a modest 14.5 percent growth over the past decade with 18,571 residents in 2010 up from 15,873 in 2000.

Chelsea was the only Rogers County community to lose population. In 2000 it had 2,136 residents and today 1,964.

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