Counties with the most seniors in Oklahoma

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August 30, 2022
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Counties with the most seniors in Oklahoma

Seniors will comprise more than 20% of U.S. residents in 2030, up from 15% in 2020. By 2034, older adults will outnumber children, according to Census Bureau projections.

Across the U.S., 52 million Americans are 65 years or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and a quarter of them live in just three states: California, Florida, and Texas. By comparison, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, and Alaska each have fewer than 150,000 senior residents. The size of a state's senior population means a lot in terms of demand for resources like health care, affordable housing, assisted living, in-home and nursing care, and support services, and the quality and availability of those resources help determine where seniors migrate.

With baby boomers moving into old age, fewer babies being born, and longer life expectancies, the senior population of America is on a spectacular rise. The lengthening of the U.S. life expectancy has been particularly dramatic, rising to nearly 79 years from 68 years in 1950.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most seniors in Oklahoma using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents 65 years or older according to 2020 5-year estimates.

Keep reading to find out which counties have the most seniors in Oklahoma.

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#50. Bryan County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.4%
- Median age: 37 years old
--- Median age of males: 35.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 38.8 years old
- Total population: 47,325 people
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#49. Okfuskee County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.9%
- Median age: 39.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.2 years old
- Total population: 11,987 people
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#48. Creek County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.6%
- Median age: 40.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.8 years old
- Total population: 71,505 people
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#47. Le Flore County

- Population aged 65 or older: 17.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.4%
- Median age: 39 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.2 years old
- Total population: 49,999 people
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#46. McCurtain County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.5%
- Median age: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.7 years old
- Total population: 32,913 people

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#45. Seminole County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.8%
- Median age: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 37 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.9 years old
- Total population: 24,624 people
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#44. Garvin County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.9%
- Median age: 38.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 40.2 years old
- Total population: 27,789 people
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#43. Ottawa County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.9%
- Median age: 37.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.5 years old
- Total population: 31,283 people
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#42. Washita County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.8%
- Median age: 40.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.1 years old
- Total population: 11,066 people
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#41. Sequoyah County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.8%
- Median age: 40.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.3 years old
- Total population: 41,687 people

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#40. Blaine County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.9%
- Median age: 42.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.7 years old
- Total population: 9,521 people
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#39. Okmulgee County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.6%
- Median age: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.2 years old
- Total population: 38,553 people
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#38. Lincoln County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.9%
- Median age: 41.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.1 years old
- Total population: 34,936 people
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#37. Mayes County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.4%
- Median age: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.7 years old
- Total population: 41,098 people
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#36. Hughes County

- Population aged 65 or older: 18.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.0%
- Median age: 39 years old
--- Median age of males: 36.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.3 years old
- Total population: 13,265 people

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#35. Harper County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.5%
- Median age: 36.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 35.6 years old
- Total population: 3,730 people
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#34. Love County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.7%
- Median age: 39.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.5 years old
- Total population: 10,128 people
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#33. Murray County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.2%
- Median age: 42.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.1 years old
- Total population: 13,972 people
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#32. Dewey County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 27.1%
- Median age: 39.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.5 years old
- Total population: 4,885 people
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#31. Harmon County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.9%
- Median age: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.7 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.1 years old
- Total population: 2,663 people

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#30. Pawnee County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.6%
- Median age: 42 years old
--- Median age of males: 41 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.1 years old
- Total population: 16,402 people
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#29. Kay County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.8%
- Median age: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 37.4 years old
--- Median age of females: 39.8 years old
- Total population: 44,074 people
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#28. Beaver County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 26.1%
- Median age: 39.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 42 years old
- Total population: 5,326 people
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#27. Tillman County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.8%
- Median age: 42.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.4 years old
- Total population: 7,347 people
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#26. Alfalfa County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 19.8%
- Median age: 43.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 43.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.7 years old
- Total population: 5,791 people

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#25. Kiowa County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.7%
- Median age: 43.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 43 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.5 years old
- Total population: 8,816 people
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#24. Washington County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.8%
- Median age: 40 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.8 years old
- Total population: 51,995 people
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#23. Johnston County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.7%
- Median age: 41 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.2 years old
- Total population: 11,028 people
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#22. Noble County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.6%
- Median age: 41.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 40.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 41.6 years old
- Total population: 11,263 people
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#21. Nowata County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.7%
- Median age: 42.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 43 years old
- Total population: 10,243 people

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#20. Cotton County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.6%
- Median age: 43 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.1 years old
- Total population: 5,783 people
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#19. Pittsburg County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.4%
- Median age: 40.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.3 years old
- Total population: 43,955 people
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#18. Atoka County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.2%
- Median age: 40.5 years old
--- Median age of males: 38 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.2 years old
- Total population: 13,815 people
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#17. Craig County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.6%
- Median age: 42.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 40 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.6 years old
- Total population: 14,274 people
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#16. Stephens County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.2%
- Median age: 41.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.6 years old
- Total population: 43,401 people

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#15. Osage County

- Population aged 65 or older: 19.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.7%
- Median age: 43 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.6 years old
- Total population: 47,074 people
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#14. Major County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 26.0%
- Median age: 39.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.5 years old
- Total population: 7,654 people
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#13. Haskell County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.7%
- Median age: 41.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 38.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.6 years old
- Total population: 12,688 people
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#12. Choctaw County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.5%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.3%
- Median age: 41.8 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.4 years old
- Total population: 14,727 people
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#11. Roger Mills County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.6%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 25.3%
- Median age: 40.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.9 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.2 years old
- Total population: 3,635 people

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#10. Jefferson County

- Population aged 65 or older: 20.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.7%
- Median age: 42.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 44 years old
- Total population: 6,084 people
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#9. Coal County

- Population aged 65 or older: 21.2%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.5%
- Median age: 41.4 years old
--- Median age of males: 39.3 years old
--- Median age of females: 44 years old
- Total population: 5,577 people
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#8. Grant County

- Population aged 65 or older: 21.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 24.0%
- Median age: 42 years old
--- Median age of males: 42.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 42 years old
- Total population: 4,369 people
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#7. Latimer County

- Population aged 65 or older: 21.4%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 21.6%
- Median age: 41.9 years old
--- Median age of males: 41 years old
--- Median age of females: 42.7 years old
- Total population: 10,239 people
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#6. Marshall County

- Population aged 65 or older: 22.3%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 23.0%
- Median age: 43.2 years old
--- Median age of males: 41.2 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.5 years old
- Total population: 16,688 people

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#5. Pushmataha County

- Population aged 65 or older: 22.9%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.0%
- Median age: 44 years old
--- Median age of males: 42.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 45.7 years old
- Total population: 11,055 people
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#4. Ellis County

- Population aged 65 or older: 23.1%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 22.8%
- Median age: 44.3 years old
--- Median age of males: 44.6 years old
--- Median age of females: 43.9 years old
- Total population: 3,936 people
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#3. Cimarron County

- Population aged 65 or older: 24.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 26.1%
- Median age: 44.1 years old
--- Median age of males: 43.5 years old
--- Median age of females: 44.3 years old
- Total population: 2,159 people
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#2. Delaware County

- Population aged 65 or older: 24.8%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 20.3%
- Median age: 46.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 45.8 years old
--- Median age of females: 48 years old
- Total population: 42,741 people
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#1. McIntosh County

- Population aged 65 or older: 25.7%
- Population aged 18 and younger: 19.9%
- Median age: 47.7 years old
--- Median age of males: 47.1 years old
--- Median age of females: 48.4 years old
- Total population: 19,677 people

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