Oklahoma Senior Guide

The Oklahoma Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Oklahoma live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Oklahoma with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Oklahoma seniors.

  • 14% of the population of Oklahoma are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 28% of those seniors living in Oklahoma are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 7% of Oklahoma senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 28% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 23% of Oklahoma residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Oklahoma is $16,583/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Oklahoma senior is $33,746 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Oklahoma ranks 48th for Long Term Care and 46th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 85,248 working seniors in Oklahoma Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 25% of the seniors in Oklahoma are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (22%) working aged (65%) seniors (14%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.
The number of people aged 65 and over in Oklahoma is projected to rise 37% over the next 15 years, from 553,761 to 757,553. U.S. Census Population Projections

Oklahoma 65+ Population by County

Oklahoma 65+ Population by County

The 65+ population in Oklahoma as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 652015202020252030
Population 553,761 625,384 702,307 757,553
Percent 15.1% 16.7% 18.4% 19.4%
National Percent 14.5% 16.3% 18.2% 19.7%

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The number of Oklahoma residents 85 and over will increase 32%, from 75,412 to 99,559. U.S. Census Population Projections

Oklahoma 85+ Population by County

Oklahoma 85+ Population by County

The 85+ population in Oklahoma as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 852015202020252030
Population 75,412 79,914 85,866 99,559
Percent 2.1% 2.1% 2.2% 2.5%
National Percent 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.6%

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Oklahoma.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 143,930 seniors living alone in Oklahoma. Of these, 71% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

73% of males 65 and older are married compared with 45% of females.
40% of females are widowed compared with 13% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Oklahoma senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 9% of Oklahoma senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

18% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

Click here for a senior care reality check.

Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Oklahoma

Care TypeOklahoma Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$705$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,300$1,492
Assisted Living$3,345$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,619$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,880$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$4,441$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$5,019$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Oklahoma with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Oklahoma Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionOklahoma 2011 RankOklahoma 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank

Consumers can easily find and afford the services they need and there is a safety net for those who cannot afford services.

#37#45
Choice of Setting & Provider

A person-centered approach to LTSS places high value on allowing consumers to exercise choice and control over where they receive services and who providers them.

#42#27
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank

Services maximize positive outcomes and consumers are treated with respect. Personal preferences are honored when possible.

#49#51
Support for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers' needs are assessed and addressed so that they can continue in their caregiving role without being overburdened.

#51#9
Effective Transitions Rank

LTSS are arranged to integrate effectively with health care and social services, minimizing disruptions such as hospitalizations, institutionalizations, and transitions between settings.

#N/A#48
Overall Rank

Rank considering all available data.

#48#48

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Oklahoma

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Oklahoma 2013 Rank Oklahoma 2015 Rank
Overall #49 #46
All Determinants #49 #45
Behaviors #48 #33
Smoking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who smoke at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and who currently smoke every day or some days

#46 #37
Chronic Drinking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who consumed more than 60 drinks in the last 30 days for men and more than 30 drinks in the last 30 days for women

#6 #7
Obesity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older estimated to be obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher

#33 #27
Underweight

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status estimated to be underweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 or less

#48 #24
Physical Inactivity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days

#44 #49
Dental Visit

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having visited a dental health professional within the last 12 months

#48 #45
Pain Management

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with arthritis who report arthritis or joint pain does not limit their usual activities

#41 #1
Education

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with a college degree

#35 #36
Community #32 #42
Community & Environment - Macro #33 #41
Poverty

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who live in households at or below 100% of the poverty threshold

#33 #34
Volunteerism

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report volunteering in the past 12 months

#35 #31
Nursing Home Quality

Percentage of certified nursing home beds rated 4- or 5-stars

#47 #47
Community & Environment - Micro #33 #37
Food Insecurity

Percentage of adults aged 60 and older who are marginally food insecure

#38 #33
Community Support

Total expenditures captured by the Administration on Aging divided by the number of adults aged 65 and older living in poverty

#36 #39
Policy #49 #49
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents

Percentage of nursing home residents who were low-care, according to the broad definition (no physical assistance required for late-loss activities of daily living)

#49 #49
Prescription Drug Coverage

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have a creditable prescription drug plan

#41 #41
Geriatrician Shortfall

Estimated geriatrician shortfall as a percentage of the minimum required number

#47 #48
Clinical Care #43 #43
Dedicated Health Care Provider

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a personal doctor or health care provider

#22 #34
Flu Vaccine

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who received the flu vaccine in the last year

#22 #7
Health Screenings

Percentage of adults aged 65 to 74 who have had mammograms and/or fecal occult/colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy screens within the recommended time period

#50 #46
Recommended Hospital Care

Percentage of hospitalized patients aged 65 and older who received the recommended care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical procedures

#31 #45
Diabetes Management

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 75 with diabetes receiving a blood lipids test

#46 #46
Home Health Care

Number of personal care and home health aides per 1,000 adults aged 75 or older

#25 #31
Preventable Hospitalizations

Number of discharges for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#45 #42
Hospital Readmissions

Percentage of patients aged 65 or older who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge

#36 #36
Hospice Care

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who were enrolled in hospice during the last 6 months of life after diagnosis of condition with high probability of death

#5 #14
Hospital Deaths

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who died in a hospital

#29 #29
All Outcomes #46 #45
ICU Use

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older spending 7 or more days in the intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU) during the last 6 months of life

#19 #23
Falls

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having had a fall within the last 12 months

#48 #47
Hip Fracture

Rate of hospitalization for hip fracture per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#50 #48
Health Status

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report their health is very good or excellent

#41 #42
Able-bodied

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with no disability

#44 #44
Premature Death

Number of deaths per 100,000 adults aged 65 to 74 years

#45 #44
Teeth Extractions

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have had all teeth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease

#44 #40
Poor Mental Health Days

Number of days in the previous 30 that adults aged 65 and older indicate that their mental health was not good

#36 #46
Multiple Chronic Conditions

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries with 4 or more chronic conditions

#30 #31
Cognition

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a cognitive difficulty

#34 #34
Depression

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who were told by a health professional that they have a depressive disorder

#47 #46

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Oklahoma financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Oklahoma is $33,746 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

45% of senior households in Oklahoma earn less than $30,000 per year, while 9% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Oklahoma is $16,583 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Oklahoma is $20,002 Source: Census.gov ACS
16% of seniors in Oklahoma are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

23% of Oklahoma seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

96% of seniors living in Oklahoma speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
8% of the seniors in Oklahoma are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

27% of senior homeowners in Oklahoma have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

Long-term Care Ombudsman

Overview of Contacts

State Agency on Aging

  • Oklahoma Aging Services Division

    2401 NW 23rd Ste 40
    Oklahoma City, OK 73107
    Lance Robertson
    (405) 521-2281
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time

Overview of Contacts

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Overview of Contacts

Area Agencies on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Health Insurance Counseling

Overview of Contacts

Information and Assistance

  • Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging

    333 South Oak Street
    Big Cabin, OK 74332
    Kay Carter
    (918) 783-5793
    inforassist@grandgateway.org
    Website
    7:30 AM - 5:30 PM - Central Time, M-TH. Closed at noon-1pm.
  • Eastern Oklahoma Development District AAA

    1012 North 38th Street
    Muskogee, OK 74401
    Sharon Elder
    (918) 682-7891
    selder@eoddok.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Central Time
  • KEDDO Area Agency on Aging

    1002 Highway 2 North
    Wilburton, OK 74578
    Kim Rose
    (918) 465-2367
    shumphreys@keddo.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM - Central Time
  • SODA Area Agency on Aging

    2704 N. 1st
    Durant, OK 74701
    Mark Ellis, AAA Director
    (580) 920-1388
    mellis@soda-ok.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time Monday- Friday
  • COEDD Area Agency on Aging

    400 North Bell
    Shawnee, OK 74802
    John Shea
    (405) 273-6410 ext:131
    jshea@sbcglobal.net
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, (closed 12:00-1:00) Monday to Friday
  • INCOG Area Agency on Aging (Indian Nation Council of Gov'ts)

    2 West Second Street
    Tulsa, OK 74103
    Clark Miller
    (918) 584-7526
    incog@incog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time
  • Long Term Care Authority of Enid- Aging Services

    202 W. Broadway Avenue
    Enid, OK 73701
    Valerie Snethen
    (580) 234-7475
    vsnethen@ltcaenid.org
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Areawide Aging Agency, Inc.

    4101 Perimeter Center Dr.
    Oklahoma City, OK 73112
    Donald Hudman
    (405) 942-8500
    dhudman@areawideaging.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG )

    802 W Main Street
    Duncan, OK 73533
    Ken Jones
    580-736-7036
    jone_ke@ascog.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F closes at 12 on Friday
  • SWODA Area Agency on Aging

    Building 420 - Sooner Drive
    Burns Flat, OK 73624
    James Boyd
    (580) 562-4882
    ada@swoda.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Central Time, Friday
  • Oklahoma Economic Development Authority- Area Agency on Aging

    330 Douglas Avenue
    Beaver, OK 73932
    Dusty Elam
    (580) 625-4531
    oedaaaa@oeda.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Central Time, M-F
  • Southwest Oklahoma Community Action Group (SOCAG)- Senior Nutrition

    905 N. Willard Street
    Altus, OK 73521
  • Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Project

    5016 NW 10th
    Oklahoma City, OK 73127
    405-949-2709
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Aging Services Inc. of Cleveland County

    1149 E Main Street
    Norman, OK 73071
    405-321-3200
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Logan County Aging Services

    1102 E Warner
    Guthrie, OK 73018
    405-282-803
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • DOC Services, Inc.

    Grove Senior Center
    Grove, OK 74331
    918 257-4825
    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri
  • Community Action Resource & Development, Inc.

    707 W. Lowry Rd., Suites 102 & 103
    Claremore, OK 74017
    918-341-5000
    Website
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri
  • Washington County Elder Care, Inc.

    1223 Swan Drive
    Bartlesville, OK 74006
    918-336-8500
    Website
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon-Fri

Overview of Contacts

Overview of Contacts

Elder Abuse Prevention

Overview of Contacts

American Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations

  • Kiowa Senior Nutrition Program

    P.O.Box 369
    Carnegie, OK 73015
  • Chickasaw Nation-Division on Aging

    PO Box 1548
    Madill, OK 73446
  • Caddo Tribe of Oklahoma

    Jackie Meeks, Director
    405-656-2344
    Website
    Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
  • For the tribe Miami of Oklahoma

    202 S. Eight Tribes Trail
    Miami, OK 74355
    Laurie Shade Director of Community Services
    918-542-7377
  • Fort Sill Apache Tribe

    Rt. 2 Box 121
    Apache, OK 73006
    Kenneth Saupitty Aging Nutrition Program
    580 588 2398
  • Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

    335588 East 750 Road
    Perkins, OK 74059
    Billie Lincoln-Mauldin Title VI Coordinator
    405/547-5407
  • Otoe-Missouria Tribe

    8151 Hwy 177
    Red Rock, OK 74651
    Fatima Pina Title VI Director
    580-723-4466 ext. 289
  • Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma

    118 S Eight Tribes Trail
    Miami, OK 74355
    Donna Harp Title VI Senior Program Driector
    918-329-9929

Overview of Contacts

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.