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U.S. Centenarian Statistics

Based on the 2010 figures, the United Nations believes there are about 316,000 centenarians worldwide.

The United States has the highest number of centenarians, about 53,300. The highest percentage of centenarians is in Japan. The region of the world that has the highest percentage is in Scandinavia. By the year 2050, it is predicted China will have the most by number.

North Dakota has the highest per capita rate in the U.S. with over three centenarians per every 10,000 persons. It’s believed there are about 550 centenarians in Oklahoma.

80% of all centenarians are women, 33% live alone, 25% are vets  The percentage of centenarian men who lived with a family member or members is 44%. The most common setting for centenarian women is living in a nursing home (35%).

A person who lives to make it to age 110 is called a supercentenarian and only one out of every 1000 centenarians reaches 110.

Oklahoma’s Centenarian Statistics

The population of OK is just over 3.5 million. 550/3,500,000=5.5/35,000.  Which means there is 1 centenarian for every 7,143 people in our state.

Our oldest known man in Oklahoma is now John Gilbreath of Stillwater; date of birth June 19, 1916.

Our oldest known woman in Oklahoma is Ethel Bowens of Guthrie; date of birth August 26, 1909.


We also have seven women who head up six-generation families: Viola Fletcher, Vera Lawhorn, Fern Hise, Bessie Wright, Helen Robinson, Mildred Woods and Jannetta Walls.

In modern times, our oldest supercentenarian died in 2015 at the age of 114. Ora Holland lived in Tulsa most of her life, moving to OKC for the last four years.

We currently have about 275 living inducted centenarians in the state. We would like to double that number! Please let us know of anyone approaching or over the age of 100.

Centenarians of Oklahoma Statistics

There are believed to be 400-500 centenarians living in Oklahoma. On average, there are about 275 living centenarians in Oklahoma that we have honored. Additionally, we are in the process of honoring around 50 other centenarians that we are attempting to locate, recognize, and honor.

To date over 2600 (and counting), centenarians have been honored in the state. All of the historical records of these people are in Tulsa, currently in the offices of Centenarians of Oklahoma. Boston University has recognized this program as the only one in the United States, and this is all possible due to the efforts of volunteers and donations.

It is our intent to grow the program by honoring more than 150 centenarians in 2021, and greater numbers in years after that. Toward that goal, we will add additional people to our volunteer group, as needed.



As of 17 April 2021, the oldest living American is Thelma Sutcliffe  who lives in Nebraska and was born on October 1, 1906.



Born in Draganeasa, Prahova, Romania, Dumitru Comanescu,  (8 November 1908) is the oldest living man in the world. 



Born: 2 January 1903, Kane Tanaka is the oldest known living woman in the world. She was born in Fukuoka Japan.


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