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January 31, 2008

Oklahoma Snapshot

Oklahoma in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

As one of the 24 states holding “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries or caucuses on Feb. 5, Oklahoma has one of the highest American Indian and Alaska Native population percentages in the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. About 62 percent of Oklahoma’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, not statistically different from the national rate of 64 percent.

Overall, Oklahoma has a lower median household income and median home value than the nation as a whole.

These and other statistics about Oklahoma’s population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found at Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Oklahoma U.S.
Population change: 2000-2007 4.8% 7.2%
Women 50.7% 50.7%
Median age 36.0 36.4
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 72.1% 66.4%
Black alone 7.8% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 6.9% 14.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 8.0% 1.0%
Median household income $38,770 $48,451
Foreign born 4.9% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 17.0% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 22.1% 27.0%
Median home value $94,500 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).