Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, with a population of about 4 million people as of 2020. It is the 28th most populous state in the country, and the 20th largest by area, with 69,899 square miles. Oklahoma is also known for its rich Native American heritage, diverse geography, and oil and natural gas industry.
Among the various types of families and households in Oklahoma, single mothers are a notable and growing group. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 186,000 single mothers living with their own children under 18 years old in Oklahoma in 2020. This represents 15% of all families with children, and 25% of all one-parent family groups in the state. Single mothers are slightly more prevalent in Oklahoma than in the nation as a whole, where they constitute 15% of all families with children, and 24% of all one-parent family groups.
Single mothers face many challenges and opportunities in their lives, such as raising their children, pursuing their education and careers, managing their finances, and accessing various resources and services. In this article, we will explore some of the key statistics and trends related to single mothers in Oklahoma, based on the latest census data available. We will cover the following topics:
- Age Groups
- Financial Situation
- Veteran Status
- Disability Status
- Place of Birth
- Language Spoken at Home
- Occupied Housing Units
- Social Security
The number of single mothers in Oklahoma has increased by 9% from 2010 to 2020, from 171,000 to 186,000. This is slightly lower than the national growth rate of 10% for single mothers during the same period. The proportion of single mothers among all families with children has also increased from 14% to 15% in Oklahoma, and from 14% to 15% in the nation.
The average size of single-mother families in Oklahoma is 2.7 persons, which is lower than the average size of all families with children (3.1 persons) and all one-parent family groups (2.8 persons) in the state. The average size of single-mother families in Oklahoma is also lower than the national average of 2.9 persons for single-mother families.
The majority (57%) of single mothers in Oklahoma have never been married, followed by those who are divorced (27%), separated (8%), widowed (5%), or married but spouse absent (3%). The marital status distribution of single mothers in Oklahoma is similar to that of the nation, except that Oklahoma has a higher percentage of separated single mothers (8% vs. 8%) and a lower percentage of widowed single mothers (5% vs. 4%).
The median age of single mothers in Oklahoma is 35 years old, which is lower than the median age of all women in the state (37 years old) and the nation (39 years old). The median age of single mothers in Oklahoma is also lower than the median age of all parents with children under 18 years old in the state (36 years old) and the nation (35 years old).
The age distribution of single mothers in Oklahoma shows that most (55%) are between 25 and 44 years old, followed by those who are under 25 years old (23%), and those who are 45 years and over (22%)3. The age distribution of single mothers in Oklahoma is different from that of the nation, where most (56%) are between 25 and 44 years old, followed by those who are under 25 years old (16%), and those who are over 45 years old (27%).