Report ranks OKC No. 15 in family size
Family size varies across the country because of both cultural reasons and differences in living costs. Researchers at RetailMeNot analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau to find which cities have the largest families. Larger families contribute to long-term positive population gains and a growing workforce.
Oklahoma City finished with a ranking of No. 15 among large metro areas with populations of over 1 million. OKC has an average of 1.90 kids per family. The state’s $81,000 median income per dual households is one factor that rank highly. Also, the cost of living at Oklahoma City is 9.3% less than the national average.
Utah and Idaho families have the largest number of kids on average, at 2.31 and 2.11 kids per family, respectively. At the low end, Maine and Rhode Island families tend to have fewer kids with averages of 1.76 and 1.75 kids per family.
In the report, researchers calculated the proportion of families with kids headed by a single parent, median household income for dual-parent households, median household income for single-parent households, and the cost of living relative to the national average.
The metros with the largest families are located in the West, Southwest, and Midwest. Utah metros claim the number one spots across all metro size cohorts, reporting the most kids per family. The metros with the largest families have lower costs of living than the national average, making it easier for families to afford a larger number of kids.
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