- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) - The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Glenpool was the fastest growing city in Oklahoma last year.

The bureau’s statistics show that the city added an average of 100 new residents each month for the 12-month period ending July 1, 2015.

The 10 percent annual growth rate ranks highest among the nearly 600 cities and towns in the state, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1RbzACe ) reported. Glenpool had an estimated population of more than 13,200 on July 1, 2015, a rise of more than 1,100 from the previous year.

Glenpool City Manager Roger Kolman said that those moving to the community are young professional families in search of good schools and affordable housing.

Voters responded to the growth in April by approving three sales tax measures to fund water, sewer and streets projects as well as additional funds for public safety personnel and equipment. He said the city also working to build a new youth soccer complex.

“The council did a really great job of positioning the city to plan for the future and provide those amenities and infrastructure that’s going to be necessary to serve the residents that will continue to come here,” Kolman said.

But Kolman said that residents have raised concerns about Glenpool’s declining sales tax revenues in recent months.

“It’s hard to tell if it’s a trend or just an anomaly,” he said. “But, we are probably starting to see the effects of what’s going on with the overall economy in Oklahoma.”


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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