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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

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November 16th, 2016
poverty-profile

610,828 Oklahomans had incomes below the poverty level in 2015. That’s 16.1 percent of Oklahoma’s population, or about one out of every six Oklahomans. Read more…

Recent Articles & Reports
November 22nd, 2016

Feasts with family and friends are a key part of the holiday season. However, 1 in 6 Oklahomans, including 1 in 4 children, don’t always know if they’ll have enough food for their next meal. In this video, we bust some myths about hunger in Oklahoma, breaking down what people get wrong, what we need to get right, and what  Continue Reading »

November 17th, 2016
Photo by Seth Anderson / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

On October 18 at the Oklahoma Capitol, Stillwater resident Jack Bays spoke to a conference room filled with legislators, lobbyists, and insurance professionals. It was his first time in front of a legislative committee, and quite possibly his first time in the Capitol, but he spoke with confidence as he proudly declared his status as a Vietnam veteran. Mr. Bays told the  Continue Reading »

November 16th, 2016
poverty-profile

You may not be surprised to learn that, despite some progress in lowering the poverty rate the past three years, more than 600,000 Oklahomans lived in poverty in 2015. But did you know that two in five Oklahomans in poverty had been employed in the past year? Or that nearly two in three Oklahomans in poverty are white? These, and other  Continue Reading »