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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
October 7th, 2014

The 2013 Oklahoma Poverty Profile is a 2-page fact sheet that displays data and information about poverty in the state through concise and colorful charts and infographics, summarizing key findings from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Just over 625,000 Oklahomans lived in poverty in 2013, or about one in six state residents.  Download the 2013 Oklahoma Poverty Profile Other blog posts  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
September 29th, 2015
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[Update: During public comments on the ordinance, a large majority of those speaking said that passing it would be a mistake. A final vote is still scheduled for Oct. 13.] Today the Oklahoma City Council is holding a public hearing on an amendment to the city’s panhandling ordinance that would make it illegal to stand or walk in the median for the purpose of panhandling or  Continue Reading »

September 17th, 2015
Photo by Dorothea Lange / CC BY-SA 2.0

New Census data shows Oklahoma made little progress in reducing the percentage of families living in poverty in 2014. In that year, almost one out of six Oklahomans (16.6 percent) were making less than the poverty line of $24,000 a year for a family of four. Changes in Oklahoma’s poverty rate were statistically insignificant compared to 2013. Poverty rates for  Continue Reading »

August 25th, 2015
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[Go to the full report.] Despite Oklahoma’s prosperity, too many children go without access to regular, healthy food. State food banks continue to report giving away record amounts of food, and the state’s SNAP enrollment has not significantly declined since spiking in 2010. More than 400,000 Oklahoma students receive free or reduced-cost lunches, and many of them get breakfast at  Continue Reading »