Cleveland County is the most diverse of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, bringing together a broad mix of urban and rural geography, stakeholders and risks. It is our proven culture of collaboration that makes Cleveland County special, and we are proud to use ARPA dollars to fortify those connections.
Cleveland County covers more than 500 square miles and a steadily growing population of close to 300,000 people (2020 census), making it the third most populous county in Oklahoma.
The county seat is Norman — home of the University of Oklahoma, the National Weather Center and numerous government facilities. While the majority of the county’s population is located in Norman, Moore or South OKC, there are also small towns and rural areas for whom the county provides services.
There is a great mixture of communities located within Cleveland County — a combination of rural areas and suburban neighborhoods; high wealth zip codes, and swaths of Qualified Census Tracts; large government employers and small mom-and-pop businesses.
This diversity in population and demographics makes Cleveland County a wonderful and interesting place to live, but also makes it difficult to use a “one size fits all” approach to recovery funding.
While residents of Cleveland County have an admirable work ethic showing a large employment increase in 2021 according to Bureau of Labor statistics, those wages fall behind the National Average and below Oklahoma and Tulsa counties. Cleveland County’s average weekly wage declined (-1.8 percent) the second quarter of 2021.