The Census Bureau estimated the American Indian population in Oklahoma at 313,601, or 8.2 percent of the total state population. The American Indian population in Tulsa County grew by 1.6 percent to 35,573 and comprises 7.1 percent of the county population.
The black population grew by 1.1 percent statewide and 0.4 percent in Tulsa County. Blacks were the third largest race or ethnic group in Tulsa County, numbering 64,210 people or 10.5 percent of the population.
In the year ending July 2012, 3,803 additional residents were added to the Tulsa County population due to natural change, the difference between the number of births and deaths, while 1,833 new residents were due to migration from outside the county and state.
Jan Figart, associate director of Tulsa's Community Service Council, said the Hispanic population growth is due to a more stable community and family growth.
"Overall, we are seeing a stabilization -- if not regression -- of new families in the Tulsa area and see predominantly family growth," Figart said. "This is true in Tulsa County, Oklahoma and in most areas of the U.S."
Of those migrating to Tulsa County from other areas in the past year, about half, or 939, came from outside the U.S., while 894 came from other states or U.S. territories.
Figart said the economic recession decreased the number of undocumented immigrants to the U.S. because jobs became more scarce. Higher deportation rates from President Barack Obama's administration also factored into population growth through births and families.
Saldivar, 33, said he sees the growth coming from families and young people who come to his mall to shop. "More families have come here to make Tulsa home," he said. "The biggest growth is families."
Saldivar, who employs his nieces, nephews, sisters and other family members, is expecting his first child with his wife, who is about two months pregnant, he said.
Elsewhere in the state, the year ending July 2012 marked a milestone for two other Oklahoma counties.
Cherokee County and Texas County joined Adair County as majority minority counties, a term used to designate areas where the combined population of minorities outnumber the white, non-Hispanic population.
In Cherokee County, white, non-Hispanics comprised 49.9 percent of the total population. About one-third of the Cherokee County population was American Indians.
In the Panhandle, non- Hispanic whites made up 48.6 percent of the population in Texas County. Hispanics led all minority groups, comprising 45 percent of the total population in Texas County.
Population change by race, ethnic group
Oklahoma 2011 2012 % change
Total population 3,784,163 3,814,820 +0.8%
White* 2,582,969 2,588,845 +0.2%
Black* 276,578 279,507 +1.1%
Am. Indian* 311,892 313,601 +0.5%
Asian* 67,455 70,069 +3.9%
Other* 4,265 4,596 +7.8%
Two or more races* 196,096 201,902 +3%
Hispanic 344,908 356,300 +3.3%
Tulsa County 2011 2012 % change
Total population 608,205 613,816 +0.9%
White* 394,652 396,480 +0.5%
Black* 63,982 64,210 +0.4%
Am. Indian* 35,027 35,573 +1.6%
Asian* 14,525 15,183 +4.5%
Other* 441 503 +14.1%
Two or more races* 30,783 31,743 +3.1%
Hispanic 68,795 70,124 +1.9%
Hispanic population outside of Tulsa County
County 2012 % change
Creek 2,510 +5.9%
Muskogee 3,880 +2.2%
Oklahoma 116,932 +3.2%
Okmulgee 1,373 -2.3%
Osage 1,490 +5.5%
Pawnee 405 -1.7%
Rogers 3,554 +4.6%
Wagoner 3,861 +6.3%
Washington 2,800 +3.7%
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