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Woodward among fastest-growing towns in U.S.

Two Oklahoma towns, Weatherford and Woodward, were named among the country’s 10 fastest-growing areas between 2012 and 2013, according to census data. A continued economic upswing in the state has fueled population increases in the Oklahoma City metro and has turned two western Oklahoma towns into some of the fastest-growing in the country.

Both towns saw population increases of more than 3 percent from July 2012 to July 2013, continuing a trend that began four years ago. Since 2010, the populations of Woodward and Weatherford have increased each year, according to census data.

The towns joined several other Great Plains cities on the list, a fact census researchers attribute to the boom of oil and natural gas drilling in the area.

However, unlike in western Oklahoma, oil and gas growth may not be the driving factor in population increases for the Oklahoma City area during the past two years. Other industries, like tourism, retail and construction, are the fastest growing right now, he said.

Read Jonathan Sutton's entire article from the Daily Oklahoman

 

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