Regional Commuting Patterns

Norman Economic Development Coalition

Regional Commuting Patterns

Executive Summary

Community Pattern Map

The purpose of this study was to identify the commuting patterns and workforce mobility within the ten county Greater Oklahoma City Partnership Region. Commuting pattern information is critical to understanding the linkages and importance of the region and how counties are dependent upon each other.

A brief summary of select highlights include:

  • The study showed that 170,419 or 32.7% of the region’s workforce daily commute between counties within the 10 county partnership region. This shows an increase of 36,759 or 10 percentage points higher than the 2000 Commuter Pattern study. These numbers point to the higher degree of economic linkage between the component counties.
  • Over the same time period (2000 to 2008), population grew by 10 percent (1,243,058 to 1,368,338). Similarly, the number of jobs grew by 7.5 percent.
  • 67 percent of all workers in the region work in Oklahoma County (413,292 workers). Cleveland County is second with 13 percent of all workers in the region working in Cleveland County (77,741).
  • 53 percent of all workers in the region live in Oklahoma County (315,328 workers). Cleveland County is second with 18 percent of all workers in the region living in Cleveland County (109,548).
  • Jobs in Oklahoma County generate over $17.2 billion in payroll, or 73% of total payroll for the region.
  • Oklahoma County exports $4.6 billion in payroll to other partnership counties.
  • It is estimated that 247,232 people both live and work in Oklahoma County.
  • Approximately 34,550 Oklahoma County residents commute to a county outside of Oklahoma County for work. Conversely, 110,129 people from the region daily commute to Oklahoma County for work. This speaks to the importance of Oklahoma County as the driving economic engine of the region.
  • Note: 2008 data was used in completing the study and was the most recent data available.

The document updates commuter flow information from the year 2000. The recent availability of LED On The Map tool will now enable the data to be updated annually and not rely on the decennial census. The full report, Regional Commuting Patterns and Workforce Mobility within the Greater Oklahoma City Partnership Region, is available at www.greateroklahomacity.com. Further questions and comments can be directed to Eric Long, Economic Research Manager, elong@okcchamber.com.

  • Total Daily Commuting Workforce – 170,419 (compared to 133,660 in 2000)
  • Total Payroll – $6.4 billion (compared to $3.4 billion in 2000)

Source: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce

Cleveland County

Cleveland County benefits from the firms in its area as well as its proximity to Oklahoma City. Cleveland County is home to the University of Oklahoma, and the county employs 26,678 workers. Although 57,599 residents work in neighboring partnership counties, particularly Oklahoma County, Cleveland County’s payroll imported far exceeds its payroll exported. Thus, Cleveland County, despite its residents leaving the county to work elsewhere, benefits from employment both in the county and in surrounding counties.

Cleveland County PayrollPayroll ImportedPayroll Exported
$ 2,334,914,457 $ 869,355,986
Sources: US Census Bureau LED On The Map, Bureau of Labor Statistics QCEW, 2008