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Census 2010: The changing face of Oklahoma's families

The number of nuclear families in the state fell in the last decade as other types of family structures grew, according to an analysis of census data.
By PAUL MONIES pmonies@opubco.com Modified: July 17, 2011 at 1:55 am •  Published: July 17, 2011

/articleid/3586521/1/pictures/1466710">Photo - Eric, left, and Chad, right, a same-sex couple living in Oklahoma City, have adopted three children, ages 5 to 10. They are among a small but growing type of family structure in Oklahoma, according to 2010 Census numbers.    Photo taken July 14,  2011.      Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD <strong>JIM BECKEL - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Eric, left, and Chad, right, a same-sex couple living in Oklahoma City, have adopted three children, ages 5 to 10. They are among a small but growing type of family structure in Oklahoma, according to 2010 Census numbers. Photo taken July 14, 2011. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD JIM BECKEL - THE OKLAHOMAN

New details released

The new details released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau also show how many adopted children and stepchildren are in the state. There were more than 32,000 adopted children and 72,100 stepchildren living in Oklahoma households in 2010.

“You're seeing efforts to hold-on tight to the idea of the traditional family, but reality is proving otherwise,” Blatt said.

“You're almost seeing a split between one segment of the population that is having kids later in life and having fewer kids. Another segment is having kids earlier, like teen pregnancies or single mothers raising kids.

“Both are working against the traditional idea of couples getting married in their early-to-mid 20s and having kids in their 20s.”


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