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Family & Consumer Sciences

Extension HELPS YOU Live Well

The State of Oklahoma Families

The State of Oklahoma Families

Statewide Statistics:

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and its Family & Consumer Sciences Educators provide researchbased programs to improve on these socio-economic indicators. Our goals are listed below, along with some challenging statistics for the state.

Health & Hunger

Working toward increasing the number of Oklahomans maintaining or improving their health through safe and healthy food and physical activity choices.

  • 386 children died in infancy in 2015 (7.3 per 1,000 births)
  • 53,132 babies were born in Oklahoma in 2015
  • 3,446 babies had low birth weight in 2015, 6.5% of live births during that time
  • 11% of Oklahomans were diagnosed with diabetes1 • 21% of Oklahomans were active smokers in 2016
  • 32% were classified as obese in 2016
  • 31% of Oklahomans were found to be physically inactive in 2016
  • 17% of Oklahomans did not have access to a reliable source of food
  • 9% of Oklahomans had limited access to healthy food

Safety & Environment

Working toward helping Oklahomans reduce risks that could harm their health, well-being, and safety in their homes, homesteads, and communities. 

  • 17,748 violent crimes (468 per 100,000) were committed in 2016
  • 16,636 deaths resulted from injury (88 per 100,000 residents) in 2016
  • 14% of Oklahoma homes had severe problems such as overcrowding, high housing costs, or lack of kitchen or plumbing features
  • Residents of 63 counties were potentially exposed to water with a health-related violation
  • 907 magnitude 3+ earthquakes occurred in Oklahoma in 2015, up from 585 in 2014 and 109 in 2013

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THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA FAMILIES IN 2015