Tulsa, OK

The Tulsa MSA is a seven county metropolitan area located in northern Oklahoma, with Tulsa as its anchoring city.

Recently Tulsa has seen an influx of immigration within its borders. There are several reasons for this trend, and the first of those reasons is jobs. The city has one of the highest employment rates in the nation, as well as an average income that is 11% above the national average. Tulsa is a place with good job opportunities which makes it an ideal place for immigrants. This combined with the fact that the city has relatively low cost of living has caused the city to see a spike in its foreign-born population.

Total Population: 981,005

(An increase of 4.64 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 51,605
  • Language Spoken at Home - 75,455

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 60% of the foreign-born population in Tulsa are from Latin American countries, and over eleven percent of the total population speak Spanish at home.

  • The Hispanic population more than doubled between the years 2000 and 2010, and is expected to continue to increase through the year 2020.

  • Tulsa has one of the top ten largest Hmong populations in the country at just over 2,500 people.

  • Tulsa also has one of the largest Native American populations at over 35,000 people.


Tulsa is a city that is beginning to see a radical shift in its ethnic landscape. More and more immigrants are settling within the greater Tulsa metro area. The immigration numbers have almost doubled since 1990, and are projected to only continue to grow in the future. With an income level 11% above the national average and a cost of living 4% below, Tulsa has become a prime destination for Immigrants looking for a new life in America.

Hispanic population growth in the state of Oklahoma has spiked in the past couple of decades, and Tulsa is no different. Since the year 2000 the Latino foreign-born population has increased by over one hundred percent. Many of these immigrants are coming from Mexico, which is the largest people group in the city. Among Children in the city of Tulsa, almost thirty percent are Hispanic with at least one immigrant parent. The Hispanic people are having an increasingly large cultural, and socioeconomic effect on the city of Tulsa.

Tulsa also has one of the largest Native American populations in the country as well. Over six percent of the population is of direct Native American decent. The city also has a growing Asian population as well. Asian immigrants are the second largest foreign-born ethnic group in the city. There are notably large Vietnamese, and Hmong populations which are two of the largest people groups in the city. The Hmong population, which is right around 2,600 people is one of the largest in the nation.

People Group Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism424
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism750
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam591
Hmong, WhiteLaosEast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions2,550
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism371
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana2,782
Creek, MuskogeeUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity5,700
OsageUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American Peoples 1,817
PawneeUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American Peoples 2,800
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic615
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal353
HonduranHondurasAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic945
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic315
PeruvianPeruAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic389
VenezuelanVenezuelaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic421
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam691
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic308
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox956
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,094
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,522
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity470
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant827
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,170
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam236
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam249