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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.

Oldest man in Oklahoma is now John Haws, Tulsa, Date of Birth Sept 10, 1914.

Our oldest known woman in Oklahoma is Ethel Bowens of Guthrie, OK who was born in August of 1909.

We also have eleven women and two men who head up six-generation families: Nita Cornelius, Mary Thompson, Edith Moore, Marguerite French, Vera Lawhorn, Violet Bowers, Fern Hise, Lela Vass, Bessie Wright, Helen Robinson, Mildred Woods, Melvin Curtis and Joe Ware, Sr.

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

We currently have 280 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 the average, there are over 260 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 2450 (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 2020, and greater numbers in years after that. Toward that goal, we will add additional people to our volunteer group, as needed.



Click here for a list of supercentenarians of the United States

Concetta Rafter is an American supercentenarian. She is the oldest known living person in the United States and the last validated American born in 1910. 



Born in SJoestsu, Niigata, Japan, Chitetsu Watanabe,  (5 March 1907) 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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