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Oklahoma population

Oklahoma’s population growth rate is at its lowest since 1990 according to new study from the Kansas City Federal Reserve. That’s because Oklahoma lost more residents to other states than it gained over the past three years, with college graduates leading the way.

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A major moving and relocation company has listed Oklahoma as one of the nation's most popular destinations for relocating households.

United Van Lines' 38th Annual National Movers Study ranks Oklahoma No. 9 on its list of top moving destinations during 2014.

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A report from the U.S. Census Bureau says Oklahoma's population has grown slightly, but is trailing the national rate.

Oklahoma added nearly 25,000 residents between 2013 and the middle of 2014. The growth rate of 0.6 percent is behind the national rate of 0.7 percent and well behind that in Texas, where growth was 1.7 percent.

The Tulsa World reported Wednesday that Oklahoma grew at a faster pace than neighboring Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, which grew at a rate of 0.3 percent.

Mary Sosa, who lost in the Democratic primary runoff for an Oklahoma House seat, said the Hispanic community must do more to encourage Hispanics to run for office.
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Mary Sosa’s campaign is over.

The yard signs have been taken down. The volunteers have gone home. The retired 65-year-old city employee has returned to her work as a community volunteer.

But for Sosa and some south Oklahoma City Hispanic leaders, the sting and bitterness over an unexpected defeat in the Democratic primary runoff for a state House seat still lingers.

Sosa’s defeat surprised her and supporters partly because House District 89 has the highest share of Hispanics in the state, at 61 percent in 2010.

Her loss in in the district, which is west of the historic Capitol Hill area, also represents a larger trend: the lack of Hispanics in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Among 149 House and Senate members, only one identifies himself as Hispanic, Rep. Charles Ortega, R-Altus. Another lawmaker, state Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, is the son of a Hispanic woman, but his website and Facebook page do not refer to his ethnicity.

The small number of Hispanic legislators stands in stark contrast to Hispanics’ share of the state population. Hispanics comprise nearly 10 percent of Oklahoma residents, making them the largest minority group, according to U.S. Census Bureau 2013 estimates.

But head counts don’t seal elections. In Sosa’s case, she lost by a wide margin in a low-turnout runoff, 395 to 258. The winner was 21-year-old Shane Stone, a non-Hispanic White who had moved back to the district in 2013.