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By Chad Wilkerson and Courtney Shupert
Oklahoma City Branch Executive and Oklahoma Economist 

Who has been leaving Oklahoma, and will the trend continue?


In each of the past three years, more people moved out of Oklahoma to live in other parts of the United States than moved in. This reversed a 10-year trend – from 2005 to 2015 – in which the state attracted more new U.S. residents each year than it lost. The recent net outflow of people has reduced overall state population growth to the slowest rate since 1990. This edition of the Oklahoma Economist investigates the recent reversal in Oklahoma's net domestic migration to see where people are migrating, which areas are losing residents, which age and education groups have been leaving an...

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