Bartlesville, OK · 918.336.8708

Demographics

Population

As of 2014 Washington County’s population totaled 52,186.  In 2012, ConocoPhillips became two separate companies--ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66-- with a net increase in jobs for Bartlesville.

 Population and growth rate
Geographic Area 2010 Census Population 10-Year Net Change 10-Year Percent 5-Year Net Change 5-Year Percent
Washington County 50,976 1,693 3.5% 1,816 3.7%
Tulsa CSA 988,454 76,077 8.4% 72,087 8.0%
Oklahoma (State) 3,751,351 300,697 8.7% 218,582 6.0%
Souce: U.S. Census Bureau
Race & Ethnicity as a Percent of Total Population 2010 Census
Geographic Area Washington County Tulsa CSA Oklahoma USA
White 84% 77.0% 77.5% 76.2%
Black or African-American 3.5% 9.5% 8.7% 13.1%
American Indian & Alaska Native 15.2% 13.3% 12.9% 1.5%
Asian 1.4% 2.2% 2.2% 4.9%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander .1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.3%
Some Other Race 2.1% 2.7% 4.7% 6.3%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 5.0% 7.0% 8.9% 15.1%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. May Exceed 100% due to race combinations.

A significant portion of the population is above 55 years of age, as compared to the Tulsa CSA, the state of Oklahoma, and the United States. Conversely, the number of people between 25 and 54 years is below these other areas. Median age for the Bartlesville area is 40.6 years old, higher than the state, nation and comparable communities.

Age Groups by Percent of Total (2010)
Geographic Area Under 25 25-54 55-plus 65-plus
Washington County 31.6% 37.6% 30.9% 17.8%
Tulsa CSA 34.5% 40.5% 24.9% 15.3%
Oklahoma (state) 35.1% 40.4% 24.2% 13.2%
USA 34.4% 42.3% 23.4% 12.6%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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Workforce

Bartlesville draws upon a labor force of approximately 28,000 persons within Washington County. Over two-thirds of Washington County’s employed work force lives within the County itself, while another 12% come from surrounding Tulsa and Osage Counties. Almost half of the work force residing in Washington County – or 8,877 workers – works outside of the county, with the majority of those out-commuters working in Tulsa County.

Unemployment & Employment Trends

Bartlesville’s unemployment rate has historically been lower than either the Tulsa Combined Statistical Area (CSA) or the state of Oklahoma. Although Bartlesville was not immune to the most recent recession, the impact here was delayed in coming and was far less severe compared to the rest of the U.S. and Oklahoma. After only a five-month period of year-to-year job losses during the first half of 2010, Bartlesville’s recovery has duplicated that of the rest of the nation. By contrast the U.S. has experienced 24 months of year-to-year job losses since 2007, and Oklahoma 17 months.

Average Unemployment Rate
Geographic Area   2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Washington County   4.3% 4.2% 4.1% 4.9% 5.8%
Tulsa MSA   4.5% 5.5% 5.6% 6.6% 7.7%
Oklahoma (state)   4.5% 5.5% 5.2% 5.9% 6.9%
USA   6.2% 7.4% 8.1% 8.9% 9.6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment (December 2013))
Geographic Area Labor Force Employed Unemployed Avg. 2013 UE Rate
Washington County 28,851 27,631 1,220 4.2%
Tulsa MSA 456,837 432,310 24,527 5.5%
Oklahoma (state) 1,823,407 1,724,924 98,483 5.5%
USA 154,937,000 144,586,0000 10,351,000 7.4%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Worker Commuting Patterns (2008)

Educational Attainment Percent of Total, Age 25+ (2006-2008) Educational Attainment Percent of Total, Age 25+ (2006-2008)

Wages

Average wage per job in Bartlesville is $40,728, as of 2010. This figure is 10% above the state and 9% below the nation. It is also lower than regionally-comparable job markets in Houston (TX) and Kansas City (MO-KS). Wage increases in Bartlesville have been lower than either the state or the nation, and lower than the Tulsa CSA.

Average Wage per Job (unadjusted for inflation)
Geographic Area 2010 10-Year Net Change 10-Year % Change 5-Year Net Change 5-Year % Change
Washington County $42,773 $11,161 35.3% $8,989 26.6%
Tulsa CSA $41,793 $11,393 37.5% $6,030 16.9%
Houston, TX $55,838 $16,089 40.5% $9,288 20%
Kansas City, MO-KS $46,574 $11,473 32.7% $5,886 14.5%
Oklahoma (state) $38,882 $11,714 50.2% $7,518 24.8%
USA $45,716 $14,049 43.1% $6416 19.8%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Workforce Specialization

Bartlesville’s economy has several areas of distinct job specialization, as measured by a Location Quotient (LQ). Specialization is identified by measuring industry employment concentration relative to the nation. Using a national LQ equal to 1.0, local specialization is indicated for any LQ greater than 1.0. For example, the Natural Resources sector (NAICS Code 21) exhibits a very high degree of specialization, with a LQ of 19.2. A high LQ indicates that a worker pool exists locally for a particular industry.

Local Industry Specialization (1st Qtr 2010)
Ranked by Degree of Specialization
NAICS Code Industry L.Q.
21 Natural Resources 19.2
22 Utilities 2.4
11 Agriculture 1.8
44-45 Retail Trade 1.6
56 Administrative & Waste Services 1.2
62 Health Care & Social Assisstance 1.1
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 1.0
72 Accommodation and Food Services 1.0
23 Construction 0.8
52 Finance & Insurance 0.8
61 Educational Services 0.7
90 Government 0.7
54 Professional & Technical Services 0.7
53 Real Estate and Rental & Leasing 0.6
31-33 Manufacturing 0.5
51 Information 0.4
48-49 Transportation & Warehousing 0.4
42 Wholesale Trade 0.4
55 Management of Companies & Enterprises 0.3
Source: Economic Modeling Specialist, Inc.
Industrial Composition, as percent of total Private Employment (2009 Average)
Industry Washington County Tulsa MSA* Houston, TX Kansas City Oklahoma USA
Natural Resources &
Mining
21.3% 2.1% 4.3% 0.2% 4.7% 1.7%
Construction 2.9% 6.0% 8.7% 5.4% 5.9% 5.6%
Manufacturing 4.8% 13.6% 10.7% 9.3% 11.2% 11.1%
Trade, Transportation
& Utilities
22.8% 23.7% 24.0% 24.0% 23.8% 23.0%
Information 0.8% 2.7% 1.6% NA 2.3% 2.6%
Financial Activities 5.2% 6.7% 6.5% 8.9% 6.7% 7.1%
Professional &
Business Services
10.8% 15.7% 16.8% NA 14.1% 15.4%
Education & Health
Services
16.6% 15.9% 12.8% 14.9% 16.3% 17.0%
Leisure & Hospitality 11.0% 10.7% 11.0% 11.8% 12.0% 12.2%
Other 3.8% 3.0% 0.0% 3.4% 3.1% 4.3%
Source: U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics. * Tulsa MSA = 7-county/metro area. Tulsa CSA data unavailable.
Average Annual Earnings per Worker, by Major Industry (1st Qtr 2010) Ranked by Earnings
NAICS Code Industry Average Annual Earnings per Worker
21 Natural Resources $101,994
22 Utilities $66,566
48-49 Transportation & Warehousing $57,515
52 Finance & Insurance $52,023
42 Wholesale Trade $44,825
31-33 Manufacturing $44,563
54 Professional & Technical Services $44,171
90 Government $43,010
62 Health Care & Social Assistance $42,992
-- Average $41,035
51 Information $36,834
55 Management of Companies & Enterprises $34,731
23 Construction $32,650
44-45 Retail Trade $28,803
11 Agriculture $25,289
56 Administrative & Waste Services $23,219
61 Educational Services $18,689
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $17,402
53 Real Estate and Rental & leasing $14,899
72 Accommodation and Food Services $14,348
Source: Economic Modeling Specialist, Inc.

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Education

Bartlesville’s labor force is well-educated and can fulfill a wide range of jobs requiring skill and specialization. Nearly 90% of the population 25 years old and up holds a high school degree or higher, while over one-third – or 29.9% - holds a bachelor degree or higher. Bartlesville high school graduates outperform their peers, as evidenced American College Testing (ACT) Scores.

Should additional education or training be needed, numerous institutes of higher learning are located in and near Bartlesville. Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Rogers State University are located in the City of Bartlesville itself. Only an hour south in Tulsa are the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma University-Tulsa, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, and Oral Roberts University, among others. Tulsa Technology Center and Tri-County Technology Center (Bartlesville) offer career and vocational training.

Educational Attainment, Percent of Total Age 25+ )
Geographic Area High School degree and higher Bachelor Degree and higher
Washington County 87.7% 26.7%
Tulsa CSA 87.0% 24.9%
Houston, TX 79.3% 27.7%
Kansas City, MO-KS 89.9% 31.5%
Oklahoma (state) 85.0% 22.5%
USA 84.5% 27.4%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Educational Attainment Percent of Total, Age 25+ (2006-2008)

2013 ACT Scores
Geographic Area Composite English Math Reading Science
Bartlesville 22.6 22.0 21.8 23.4 22.4
Oklahoma (state) 20.7 20.5 19.9 21.3 20.6
USA 21.1 20.6 21.1 21.3 20.9
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

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Income

Per capita income in Bartlesville is $40,704, as of 2008. This figure is 12% above the state and 1% above the nation, while falling less than 1% below the Tulsa CSA. It is also above a regionally-comparable job market in Kansas City (MO-KS), although 13% below Houston (TX). Per capita income increases in Bartlesville have been higher or in line with all other geographic areas for the past 5 years.

Bartlesville has a significantly lower proportion of total income from earnings, 13.2 percentage points below the nation and 12 percentage points below the state. Likewise, at 29.5%, income from “Dividends, interest & rent” make up a notably larger proportion of total income in Bartlesville relative to the state, nation and comparable job market communities.
 

Per Capita Income (unadjusted for inflation)
Geographic Area 2008 10-year Net Change 10-Year % Change 5-Year Net Change 5-Year % Change
Washington County $40,704 $14,576 55.8% $10,825 36.2%
Tulsa CSA $40,967 $14,851 56.9% $10,727 35.5%
Houston, TX $45,835 $15,629 51.7% $11,270 32.6%
Kansas City, MO-KS $40,396 $11,401 39.3% $6,280 18.4%
Oklahoma (State) $35,969 $14,020 63.9% $9,060 33.7%
USA $40,166 $12,908 47.4% $7,895 24.5%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Components of Personal Income, as a percent of total (2008)
Geographic Area Earnings Retirement Dividends, Interest & rent Income Maintenance
Washington County 53.4% 15.7% 29.5% 1.4%
Tulsa CSA 66.0% 13.5% 19.1% 1.4%
Houston, TX 77.1% 8.4% 13.2% 1.3%
Kansas City, MO-KS 77.1% 12.1% 15.6% 1.3%
Oklahoma (State) 65.4% 15.9% 16.9% 1.8%
USA 66.3% 13.4% 18.0% 1.9%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Components of Personal Income, as Percent of Total (2008)

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