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Mon January 10, 2011

Most Oklahomans are from Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – Report: About 5 percent of Oklahomans foreign born

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A new report shows nearly 200,000 Oklahomans were born in another country.

According to the estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, about 190,000 Oklahoma residents, or 5 percent of the population, were born outside the United States.

The Oklahoman reports that the highest rates of foreign-born residents are in the Oklahoma Panhandle counties of Texas (21.3 percent) and Cimarron (11.5 percent).

Other counties with high percentages were Blaine (9.5 percent), Oklahoma (9.2 percent) and Beaver (8.6 percent).

Deidre Myers with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce says manufacturing, agricultural, technology and service industries are attracting immigrants from other countries.

Myers says there also has been foreign-born growth in high-skilled research and development and technology in Tulsa and Cleveland counties, where there are strong knowledge-based industries.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.