WASHINGTON — Oklahoma was one of five states that got “younger” between 2011 and 2012, and the state's median age was more than a year lower last year than the national median, according to a new Census Bureau report.
Oklahoma's median age in 2012 was 36.2 years old, down from 36.3 in 2011. The national median age last year was 37.5 years old, up from 37.3 in the previous year.
The Census Bureau report also looked at expanding minority populations and noted that two counties in Oklahoma became majority-minority counties last year.
Texas County, where the Hispanic population has boomed because of pork processing plants, and Cherokee County, where the Cherokee Nation is based, were among the six U.S. counties that earned the distinction in 2012.
Three of the others were in Texas, and one was in North Carolina.
More than 11 percent — 353 — of the nation's 3,143 counties were majority-minority as of July 1, 2012, the Census Bureau reported.
Nationally, the population of children younger than 5 was 49.9 percent minority in 2012.
“The proportion of young children that is minority has been increasing since the 2010 census, and if this proportional growth continues, we expect that the crossover to majority-minority for this group will occur within the next couple of years,” acting Census Bureau Director Thomas Mesenbourg said.
Oklahoma's population of 3.81 million people in 2012 included 1,889,825 men and 1,924,995 women. The breakdown by age groups shows that men outnumber women in Oklahoma until middle age, when the number of women eclipses that of men.