Tahlequah, OK

Census Place

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2022 Population
16,389
1.09% 1-year growth
US Senator
James Lankford
Republican Party
US Senator
Markwayne Mullin
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
30.5
0.993% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
20.7%
3.25% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$49,444
11.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$163,300
8.22% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
7,524
3.05% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Tahlequah, OK had a population of 16.4k people with a median age of 30.5 and a median household income of $49,444. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Tahlequah, OK grew from 16,213 to 16,389, a 1.09% increase and its median household income grew from $44,416 to $49,444, a 11.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Tahlequah, OK are White (Non-Hispanic) (45.5%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (28.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (13.8%), White (Hispanic) (3.09%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.21%).

None of the households in Tahlequah, OK reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

96.9% of the residents in Tahlequah, OK are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Tahlequah, OK are Northeastern State University (1,839 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Tahlequah, OK was $163,300, and the homeownership rate was 42.5%.

Most people in Tahlequah, OK drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Tahlequah, OK was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Tahlequah, OK is home to a population of 16.4k people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 3.4% of Tahlequah, OK residents were born outside of the country (557 people).

In 2022, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.45k people) in Tahlequah, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.68k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 2.26k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

96.9%
2022 Citizenship
96.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 96.9% of Tahlequah, OK residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Tahlequah, OK was 96.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Tahlequah, OK
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    7.45k ± 452
  2. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    4.68k ± 486
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    2.26k ± 424
8.91%
Hispanic Population
1.46k people

In 2022, there were 1.59 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (7.45k people) in Tahlequah, OK than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.68k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) and 2.26k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

8.91% of the people in Tahlequah, OK are hispanic (1.46k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    102,193 ± 7,747 people
  2. Vietnam
    12,454 ± 2,736 people
  3. India
    10,765 ± 2,544 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Oklahoma was Mexico, the natal country of 102,193 Oklahoma residents, followed by Vietnam with 12,454 and India with 10,765.

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Foreign-Born Population

3.4%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
557 people
4.03%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
653 people

As of 2022, 3.4% of Tahlequah, OK residents (557 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Tahlequah, OK was 4.03%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    229 ± 107
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    158 ± 92
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    101 ± 64

Tahlequah, OK has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.45 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Tahlequah, OK employs 7.52k people. The largest industries in Tahlequah, OK are Educational Services (1,375 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,204 people), and Retail Trade (850 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($50,682), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($49,632), and Utilities ($46,964).

Males in Oklahoma have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,245. The income inequality in Oklahoma (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

7.52k
2022 Value
± 624
3.05%
1 Year growth
± 11.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Tahlequah, OK grew at a rate of 3.05%, from 7.3k employees to 7.52k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Tahlequah, OK, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (788 people), Management Occupations (783 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (768 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Tahlequah, OK.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

7.52k
2022 Value
± 624
3.05%
1 Year growth
± 11.5%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Tahlequah, OK grew at a rate of 3.05%, from 7.3k employees to 7.52k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Tahlequah, OK, are Educational Services (1,375 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,204 people), and Retail Trade (850 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Tahlequah, OK, though some of these residents may live in Tahlequah, OK and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$34,982
Median earning men ± $1,928
$29,858
Median earning women ± $3,161

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($57,308), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($48,897), and Manufacturing ($41,620).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($42,042), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($38,070), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($38,047).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.57%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.72M people employed in Oklahoma. This represents a 2.57% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Oklahoma.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Oklahoma went to Donald J. Trump with 65.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (32.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%).

James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin are the senators currently representing the state of Oklahoma. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Oklahoma is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Oklahoma

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James Lankford
Senator from Oklahoma3
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Took office following the resignation of Tom Coburn.
Markwayne Mullin
Senator from Oklahoma2
Assumed office on January 3, 2023
Took office following the resignation of Jim Inhofe.

James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin are the senators currently representing Oklahoma.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Oklahoma

Oklahoma is currently represented by 5 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Oklahoma have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Tahlequah, OK awarded 1,839 degrees. The student population of Tahlequah, OK in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,360 male students and 4,342 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Tahlequah, OK are White (1,016 and 56.4%), followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (326 and 18.1%), Two or More Races (215 and 11.9%), and Hispanic or Latino (90 and 5%).

The largest universities in Tahlequah, OK by number of degrees awarded are Northeastern State University (1,839 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Tahlequah, OK are Other Research & Experimental Psychology (149 and 8.1%), General Business Administration & Management (129 and 7.01%), and Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (114 and 6.2%).

The median tuition cost in Tahlequah, OK for a public four year colleges is $6,285 for in-state students and $15,270 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Tahlequah, OK, the percentage of applicants admitted was 99.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 42.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 6,702 (35.2% men and 64.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 6,702 students enrolled in Tahlequah, OK, 35.2% men and 64.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,226 records, of which 66.2% were women and 33.8% men.

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Concentrations

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Tahlequah, OK was General Studies with 81 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,839 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northeastern State University with 1,839 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 532 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Tahlequah, OK, which is 0.407 times less than the 1,307 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,016 degrees mean that there were 3.12 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, American Indian or Alaska Native, with 326 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($6,285) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,115) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,250) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.873% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.779% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (965k), Some college (734k), and Bachelors Degree (494k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Tahlequah, OK was $163,300 in 2022, which is 0.579 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $150,900 to $163,300, a 8.22% increase. The homeownership rate in Tahlequah, OK is 42.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Tahlequah, OK have an average commute time of 19.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Tahlequah, OK is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$163,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$12,238
$2,664
Median Property Taxes
±$343

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Tahlequah, OK the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

42.5%
Homeownership
2022
68.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 42.5% of the housing units in Tahlequah, OK were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 44.4%.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9781
  2. Census Tract 9780

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Household Income

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$49,444
Median Household Income
± $6,605
6.27k
Number of Households
± 574

In 2022, the median household income of the 6.27k households in Tahlequah, OK grew to $49,444 from the previous year's value of $44,416.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Tahlequah, OK is from Oklahoma.
0.456
2022 Wage GINI in Oklahoma
0.453
2021 Wage GINI in Oklahoma

In 2022, the income inequality in Oklahoma was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.507% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Oklahoma was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Oklahoma in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (75.1%)
  2. Carpooled (12.8%)
  3. Walked (4.97%)

In 2022, 75.1% of workers in Tahlequah, OK drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (12.8%) and those who walked to work (4.97%).

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Commute Time

19.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Tahlequah, OK have a shorter commute time (19.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.59% of the workforce in Tahlequah, OK have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Poverty & Diversity

20.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Tahlequah, OK (3.05k out of 14.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Tahlequah, OK is White, followed by Native American and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

82.7% of the population of Tahlequah, OK has health coverage, with 41.8% on employee plans, 15.2% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 3.23% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, OK see 1738 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.7% decrease from the previous year (1947 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1581 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 233 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,738 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Cherokee County, OK

Primary care physicians in Cherokee County, OK see an average of 1,738 patients per year. This represents a 10.7% decrease from the previous year (1,947 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Cherokee County, OK in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23% under 18 years, 33.1% between 18 and 34 years, 29.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46% were men and 54% were women.

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Uninsured People

17.3%
Uninsured
41.8%
Employer Coverage
15.2%
Medicaid
11.1%
Medicare
11.3%
Non-Group
3.23%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Tahlequah, OK declined by 16.8% from 20.7% to 17.3%.

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