By Loné Beasley
Ada’s population grew by almost 5 percent in the last decade as the city added 780 residents, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Pontotoc County as a whole added 1,245 residents, a 3.5 percent increase.
Females still outnumber males by 53 percent to 47 percent in Ada and almost 52 percent to just over 48 percent for the county as a whole.
Of those listing themselves as a single race, whites increased the most - 616 in Pontotoc County, or 2.3 percent. Hispanic or Latino residents increased 437 or 54.1 percent. African Americans increased 156, or 21.5 percent, and Asians added 36 for a 22.7 percent increase.
The only decrease was in those claiming only Native American heritage. The 2000 census counted 5,451. This year’s census recorded 4,216, a drop of 1,235 or 22.7 percent. Census bureau officials theorize that Pres. Barack Obama and Tiger Woods’ notoriety over the last decade may have made it more acceptable to claim dual race status. This appears to have been born out in both the county and city numbers. Those listing themselves as two or more races increased 98.7 percent in the county and 74.7 percent in Ada.
The percentage of those 65 and older decreased as a percent of the whole, from 5,260 in 2000 to 5,206 in 2010.
Total number of households increased 498 to 16,073 for the county and 168 in Ada, taking the city to 7,640 households. Roughly 90 percent are occupied in both the county and the city. Of Pontotoc County homes with people living in them, sixty-five percent are owner occupied.
Oklahoma’s population grew by almost 9 percent, adding 300,000 residents, taking the state’s total to 3,751,351. The country as a whole grew by 27.3 million people, or 9.7 percent, taking the nation’s population to 308.7 million.