Oklahoma slightly 'younger' in 2012 than in previous year

Census Bureau report also says two Oklahoma counties joined those in the United States that have a majority of minorities.
by Chris Casteel Published: June 13, 2013

There were more men than women in every age group in Oklahoma last year under 45.

Beginning with those between 45 and 49, women became the majority in every age group.

Of the Oklahomans 65 or older last year, 235,224 were men, and 299,023 were women.

Of those 85 or older, 22,338 were men, and 43,222 were women.

Only 10 states had more men than women in 2012, the Census Bureau report shows.

Median age

Besides Oklahoma, four states and the District of Columbia experienced a drop in the median age.

North Dakota, which has attracted thousands of oil-field workers in recent years, had the biggest drop — 0.5 years.

Other states with a decline were Hawaii, Alaska and Kansas.

According to the data, McIntosh County, in eastern Oklahoma, had the highest median age of the state's 77 counties — 48.1.

Payne County, which includes Stillwater and Oklahoma State University, had the lowest, at 27.2

Oklahoma County's median age was 34.2, the same as in 2011.

In the 2010 head count, the median age in Oklahoma County was 34.3.

The average age in Cleveland County last year was 33; in Canadian County, it was 35.8; in Pottawatomie County, it was 37.1; and in Logan County, it was 38.


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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