Friday, December 30

11 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma children in immigrant families in 2009, 101,000 in total; 89,000 of these children are U.S. citizens.

Source: Kids Count Data Center

 

Thursday, December 29

270,894

Meals served to older Oklahomans in one month through the Department of Human Services elderly support services, October 2011

Source: Oklahoma Department of Human Services

 

Wednesday, December 28

86.6 million

Acre-feet of water in the state’s largest groundwater basin, the Ogallala Aquifer, enough to submerge the entire state two feet deep.

Source: Oklahoma Water Resources Board

 

Tuesday, December 27

1,829,420

Number of Facebook users in Oklahoma, ranking 28th in the country in residents on Facebook. 

Source: Socialbakers

 

Friday, December 23

5.4 billion

Number of cookies Santa would eat if he visited every house in the world. 

Source: Lee BioSolutions via Yahoo News

 

Thursday, December 22

$1.3 million

Amount of economic activity generated by each Oklahoma City Thunder home game.

Source: Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce via New York Times

 

Wednesday, December 21

49th

Oklahoma’s rank for percentage of women in the state legislature, 12.8 percent in 2011.

Source: Center for American Women in Politics

 

Tuesday, December 20

$222 million

Total export sales of tires, Oklahoma’s second most exported product, 2007

Source: Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce

 

Monday, December 19

64 percent

Percentage of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) patients in Oklahoma who live in rural areas; 31 percent of the state’s population lives in rural areas

Source: National Association of Community Health Centers.

 

Friday, December 16

446M

BTU’s of energy consumed per capita in Oklahoma in 2007, 11th most in the nation.

Source: U.S. Census

 

Thursday, December 15

91.2 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma farms owned by individuals or families, 2007

Source: USDA

 

Wednesday, December 14

307,253

Number of filers in the state that claimed the Oklahoma Earned Income Tax Credit on their 2009 returns.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Tuesday, December 13

47th

Oklahoma’s rank among the states on early prenatal care – the percentage of women who receive prenatal care within the first trimester, 2011

Source: United Health Foundation

 

Monday, December 12

3.4 percent

Percentage growth in year to date total adjusted retail sales in Oklahoma, compared to 2010

Source: Center for Economic and Management Research via OESC

 

Friday, December 9

18 percent

Percentage drop in the total mail volume of the U.S. Postal Service between 2000 and 2010

Source: United States Postal Service via Tulsa World

 

Thursday, December 8

61,000 tons

Amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted annually by the three oldest coal-fired power plants in Oklahoma, currently out of compliance with the Clean Air Act.  SOis a toxic gas that is known to affect lung function when inhaled.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

 

Wednesday, December 7

60 percent

Percentage discount on the average foreclosed property’s price versus the average property’s price in Oklahoma, the largest percentage of savings of any state in the country as of October 2011.

Source: RealtyTrac 

 

Tuesday, December 6

100,213

Number of Oklahoma children living in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives in 2010, 10.8 percent of the children in the state.

Source: U.S. Census via AARP

 

Monday, December 5

31 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma women aged 18-35 years who reported being sexual assaulted in their lifetime, 2006.

Source: OU POLL via Oklahoma State Department of Health

 

Friday, December 2

315,000

Number of people who dropped out of the labor force in November, more than double the number who found jobs.

Source: Labor Department via NYTimes.Com

 

Thursday, December 1

$816M

In online sales on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, up 26 percent compared with the same day a year ago.

Source: ComScore via ABC News

Wednesday, November 30

2.5 percent

Amount Oklahoma’s appropriated state budget is projected to grow from FY ’12 to FY ’13.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Tuesday, November 29

2,440

Average weekly initial unemployment claims in Oklahoma as of mid-November, down 19.5 percent from the same period in 2010. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Monday, November 28

22.2 percent

Percentage increase in child abuse and neglect investigations conducted in Oklahoma between September 2010 and 2011.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Human Services

 

Friday, November 25

7.5 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma households with very low food security – reporting disrupted meal patterns and hunger – in 2010, up from 5.6 percent in 2004.

Source: USDA

 

Thursday, November 24

4,500

Calories consumed by the average American on Thanksgiving Day, 2 1/4 times more than the recommended daily intake.

Source: Calorie Control Council

 

Wednesday, November 23rd

$12,900

Average annual health insurance premium for an employer-sponsored family plan in Oklahoma in 2010, up 48 percent since 2003.

Source: The Commonwealth Fund

 

Tuesday, November 22nd

2nd

Oklahoma City’s rank on a list of metropolitan areas with the largest increases in income segregation – the concentration of households in either poor or affluent residential areas – between 2000 and 2007; Tulsa ranked 17th

Source: Stanford University

 

Monday, November 21st

$63.53

Amount per month more the average Oklahoma household paid for gasoline in 2011, compared to 2010.

Source: Oil Price Information Service via EnergyTrap.org

 

Friday, November 18th

1.7 percent

Percentage of U.S. residents that moved from one state to another per year between 2001 and 2010; only about 30 percent of Americans change states over their entire lifetime.

Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities via Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Thursday, November 17th 

88.7

Preventable hospitalizations per 1,000 Medicare patients in Oklahoma in 2010 compared 70.6 nationally; preventable hospitalizations are diagnoses amenable to non-hospital care.

Source: America’s Health Rankings

 

Wednesday, November 16th

76 percent

Percentage of 8th grade students in Oklahoma with computer access in their classrooms in 2007; just 50 percent of 8th grade students nationally had computer access.

Source: Alliance for Excellent Education

 

Tuesday, November 15th

$636

Median monthly gross rent -rent plus utilities- for renters in Oklahoma, 8th lowest in the nation in 2009.

Source: U.S. Census

 

Monday, November 14th

26

Number of months since the Great Recession began 45 months ago that Oklahoma has experienced job losses, including 800 non-farm jobs lost in September 2011.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Friday, November 11th

10.4 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma small businesses (<500 employees) owned by veterans, compared to 9 percent nationally, 2007

Source: Small Business Administration

 

Thursday, November 10th

3.2 million

Metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided annually in Oklahoma through wind power generation, 2010

Source: American Wind Energy Association

 

Wednesday, November 9th

7th

Oklahoma’s rank among the states for the export value of its wheat crop – worth $363.9 million dollars in 2010

Source: USDA

 

Tuesday, November 8th

58 percent

Percentage of FDIC-insured institutions in Oklahoma with earnings gains as of June 2011, compared to just 36 percent during the same period in 2009.

Source: FDIC

 

Monday, November 7th

23

Number of earthquakes in Oklahoma this weekend, including the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the state.

Source:  New York Times

 

Friday, November 4th

$10,256

Amount the federal government spent per Oklahoma resident last year – $38.5 billion in federal dollars came into the state in total.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Thursday, November 3rd

27, 340

Number of practicing nurses in Oklahoma in 2009 – that’s 1 nurse for every 125 Oklahomans.   

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Wednesday, November 2nd

5

Number of years on average it took for a full-time student seeking a bachelor’s degree in Oklahoma to complete their course work in 2008; the average for all states was 4.8 years.

Source: Complete College America

 

Tuesday, November 1st

8.1 percent

Percentage growth in manufacturing employment in Oklahoma since the start of 2011; the state has added 10,800 manufacturing jobs to the economy.

Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Monday, October 31

6th

Oklahoma’s rank nationally in per capita personal income growth; per capita personal income grew 2.2 percent between the 2nd qtr of 2010 and 2011, compared to 1.6 percent nationally.

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

Friday, October 28

533

Number of operating school districts in Oklahoma for the 2010-2011 school year, 9th most in the nation.

Source: National Education Association

 

Thursday, October 27

5.9 percent

Oklahoma’s unemployment rate for September 2011, up slightly from the previous month’s rate of 5.6 percent.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Tuesday, October 25

3,632

Number of bankruptcy filings in Oklahoma during the 2nd quarter of this year, down 14 percent from the same quarter in 2010.

Source: USCourts.gov

 

Monday, October 24

58

Number of USDA certified organic farms in Oklahoma, representing just one half of one percent of the 10,903 certified organic farms in the United States in 2008.

Source: USDA

 

Friday, October 21

54.6

People per square mile in Oklahoma in 2010, compared to 87.3 people per square mile in the country as a whole

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Thursday, October 20

45th

Oklahoma’s rank nationally in prevalence of adult diabetes; 11.0 percent of the adult population in Oklahoma had diabetes in 2010, compared to only 8.3 percent nationally

Source: America’s Health Rankings

 

Wednesday, October 19

8

Number of states with no broad-based individual income tax that Oklahoma out-competed in per capita personal income growth, 2000-2010; Wyoming was the only state with no income tax to grow faster than Oklahoma.

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

Tuesday, October 18

4.7 percent

Percentage of mortgages in Oklahoma that were seriously delinquent during the 2nd quarter of 2011, compared to 6.9 percent nationally.  

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 

Monday, October 17

$3,245,979,000

Total amount earned on investment by Oklahoma’s state and local public employee retirement systems in FY 2009.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Friday, October 14

16.43 inches

Amount statewide average precipitation was below normal this water year (October 1-September 30), the 2nd driest year on record for Oklahoma. 

Source: Oklahoma Climatological Survey

 

Thursday, October 13

80.3

Number of primary care physicians per 100,000 people in Oklahoma, compared to 120.5 nationally.  Oklahoma ranked 49th in availability of primary care physicians, 2010

Source: America’s Health Rankings

 

Wednesday, October 12

$31,600

Minimum amount in salary and fringe benefits earned by a first-year Oklahoma public school teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 2011-2012

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

 

Tuesday, October 11

1,865

Number of foreclosures in Oklahoma in August, down 5.8 percent from the same month in 2010

Source: RealtyTrac via RealEstateInvestorDaily.com

 

Monday, October 10

29 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma’s K-12 children who are on their own after school, 2009

Source: Afterschool Alliance

 

Friday, October 7

12th

Metropolitan Oklahoma City’s rank nationally on a list of smoggiest combined statistical areas as of August 2011; Metropolitan Tulsa ranked 14th smoggiest.

Source: EPA via Environment America Research & Policy Center

 

Thursday, October 6

6.0 percent

Percentage increase in the urban Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) for groceries over the past twelve months, August 2011

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Wednesday, October 5

2 in 5

Working-aged adults living in poverty in Oklahoma were employed part-time or full-time in 2010

Source: Census Bureau via Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Tuesday, October 4

7.0 percent

Percentage by which total compensation paid to state employees ($62,215) lagged behind their private sector counterparts ($66,578), FY ‘10

Source:  Office of Personnel Management

 

Monday, October 3

48th

Oklahoma’s rank nationally on a state scorecard of the quality and capacity of long-term services and supports for older adults and people with disabilities, 2011

Source: AARP

Friday, September 30

694,992

Number of Oklahomans without health insurance coverage in 2010.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Thursday, September 29

69.8 gallons

Amount of soft drinks purchased per capita in Oklahoma in 2010, 8th most in nation.

Source: Department of Health and Human Services via 24/7 Wall St.

 

Wednesday, September 28

8th

Oklahoma’s rank nationally in number of acres of land in the state that’s used in farming; 35,200,000 acres in 2010.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Tuesday, September 27

34 percent

Percentage of ACT-tested high school graduates in Oklahoma who were prepared for college-level course work in math in 2010, compared to 43 percent nationally.

Source: Alliance for Excellent Education

 

Monday, September 26

614,000

The number of SNAP (food stamp) recipients in Oklahoma in July 2011, the highest average monthly participation in the history of the state.

Source: Department of Human Services via Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Friday, September 23

42,000

Number of children in Oklahoma who are eligible for Medicaid (SoonerCare), but are not enrolled, 2011

Source: WhyHunger.com

 

Thursday, September 22

4,614
Number of alcohol-related traffic crashes in Oklahoma in 2010; 6.6% of all traffic crashes in the state (69,805) were alcohol‐related.
Source: Oklahoma Department of Public Safety

 

Wednesday, September 21

15.1 percent
Percentage of Americans living in poverty in 2010; a family of four is living in poverty if their annual income is less than $22,113.

 

Source:U.S. Census Bureau

 

Tuesday, September 20

$1,430
Amount in payroll tax relief an Oklahoma household with $46,000 in annual income would receive under the proposed American Jobs Act.
Source: Small Business Majority 
 

Monday, September 19

85 percent
Percentage of recent bachelor’s degree holders who remain and work in Oklahoma one year after graduation.
Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission via NewsOK

 

Friday, September 16

11,600 
Miles of shoreline in Oklahoma – more than the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf coasts of the U.S. combined.
Source: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

 

Thursday, September 15

25.8 percent
Percentage of Oklahoma businesses owned by women, compared to 28.8 percent nationally in 2007.
Source: U.S. Census

 

Wednesday, September 14

11,906
Number of Oklahoma middle and high school students who were not promoted to the next grade level, 2008-2009
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Education

 

Tuesday, September 13

5th
Oklahoma’s rank in average weekly wage growth in 2010; the state’s average weekly wage grew 4.5 percent between Dec. 2009 and 2010, to $797.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Monday, September 12

40 percent 
Percentage of Oklahoma adults who answered “yes” to having at least one alcoholic drink in the past 30 days, 2008
Source:  Oklahoma Policy Institute, Should Oklahoma Raise the Alcoholic Beverage Tax?  

 

Friday, September 9

2.83 percent
The effective state income tax rate of a joint-filing married couple with two children and $50,000 in income, 2011
Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Thursday, September 8

$13,900
The average debt per consumer in Oklahoma, compared to $17,000 per consumer nationally, 2nd quarter 2011
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 

Wednesday, September 7

40th
Oklahoma’s rank nationally on students’ average ACT math score, 2011
Source: ACT

 

Tuesday, September 6

26 percent
Percentage of Oklahoma’s 9,802 same-sex couples that are raising children, 2010
Source: U.S. Census via ThinkProgress

 

Monday, September 5

2.5 million 
Number of workers who need a job and are available to work, but are not counted in official unemployment figures because they’ve given up actively seeking employment, August 2011
Source: Economic Policy Institute

 

Friday, September 2

20 percent
Percentage of student loans in Oklahoma that are delinquent, compared to 12.3 percent nationally in 2011.
Source:  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

 

Thursday, September 1

102,140

Number of women in Oklahoma who receive contraception from a publicly funded family planning clinic, 2006; 76,830 of those women were aged 20 or above.

Source: Guttmacher Institute

Wednesday, August 31

57 percent
Percentage of Oklahoma students who participate in the free and reduced school lunch and breakfast program, 4th highest in the nation in 2008.

Source: WhyHunger.org

 

Tuesday, August 30

9,802
Number of same-sex couples co-habitating in Oklahoma, 2010

Source: U.S. Census via ThinkProgress

Monday, August 29

 

$118,771

Median price of a single-family home in Oklahoma in the 2nd quarter of 2010, up $8,263 from the same quarter in 2007.

Source: Federal Housing Finance Agency

 

Friday, August 26 

$1.500 Billion

Amount spent on programs for children aged 0 to 5 years in Oklahoma, FY 2010

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Thursday, August 25

34th

Oklahoma’s rank nationally on students’ average ACT composite score, 2011

Source: ACT

 

Wednesday, August 24

3,592

Adults receiving a TANF cash assistance payment in Oklahoma, June 2011

Source: OKDHS

 

Tuesday, August 23

11,200
Number of manufacturing jobs added to the Oklahoma economy between June 2010 and 2011, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the total non-farm jobs added (28,300).

Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission via NewsOK

 

Monday, August 22

17 percent
Increase in foreclosure filings in Oklahoma between the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2011.
Source: RealtyTrac via Real Estate Investors Daily

 

Friday, August 19

400 percent

Percentage growth in the number of public school students doing schoolwork through computer-based programs in Oklahoma in the last three years

Source:  Tulsa World

 

Thursday, August 18

$2,713

Average amount in tuition and fees for a year of community college in the United States, compared to $7,605 for a 4-year public institution, 2010

Source: American Association of Community Colleges

 

Wednesday, August 17

450

The total number of separate tax expenditures (tax breaks and exemptions) authorized by Oklahoma law, 2010

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Tuesday, August 16

Percentage of all law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma that have five or fewer officers, 2010

Source: Center for Rural Affairs

 

Monday, August 15

203,830

Number of Oklahoma employees who work for private businesses that do not offer health insurance, 2009

Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services via Oklahoma Health Care Authority 

 

Friday, August 12

2,090,130

Registered voters in Oklahoma as of January 2011.

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board

 

Thursday, August 11

$18.83

Average hourly wage in Oklahoma City in May 2010, 12 percent below the national average wage of $21.35.

Source: Oklahoman

 

Wednesday, August 10

28.6

Percent of those arrested for burglary in Oklahoma in 2009 who were under the age of 18.

Source: OSBI Uniform Crime Report, 2009

 

Tuesday, August 9

77 million

The number of children and adults enrolled in school throughout the country in October 2009 – from nursery school to college.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Monday, August 8

89.1 degrees

The average temperature in July in Oklahoma, breaking the previous record for the hottest month – 88.1 degrees, July 1954.

Source: The Oklahoman

 

Friday August 5, 2011

30 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma 3rd graders with unsatisfactory reading scores in 2009. During the 2011/2012 school year, 3rd graders not satisfactory or above will not advance to 4th grade.

Source: Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness

 

Thursday August 4, 2011

6th

Oklahoma’s rank nationally for wind power generation, 2010

Source: Department of Energy

 

Wednesday August 3, 2011

13, 524

Net gain in jobs created to date by the Oklahoma Main Street Center, a program that invests in preservation-based commercial-district revitalization.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Commerce

 

Tuesday August 2, 2011 

13.1 percent

The unemployment rate for black workers in Oklahoma in 2010, compared to an overall unemployment rate in the state of 7.2 percent.

 

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Monday August 1, 2011

$2,667,539,569

Annual federal funding the state receives for Oklahoma’s Medicaid program, SoonerCare, FY 2010

Source: Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Friday July 29, 2011

$2,197,065

Amount paid in restitution by criminal offenders that was distributed to crime victims in Oklahoma in FY 2010

Source: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

 

Thursday July 28, 2011

2nd

Oklahoma’s rank nationally in job growth during the last 6 months (December 2010-June 2011).  The number of jobs in the state grew 2.1 percent

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Wednesday July 27, 2011

608,497

Number of people on food stamps in Oklahoma in April 2011, up 4.5 percent, or 26,446 people, from the same month last year

Source: Oklahoma Department of Human Services

 

Tuesday July 26, 2011

21.8 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma’s school-age children living in poverty in 2009, 8th highest in the nation

Source: Department of Education

 

Monday July 25, 2011

120°F

Temperature in Tipton Oklahoma on June 27, 1994, the state’s highest recorded temperature to date

Source: National Climatic Data Center via WeatherExplained.com

 

Friday July 22, 2011

$1.5 billion

Amount allocated by the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, for programs that address shortages of primary care providers.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute via CapitolBeatOK 

 

Thursday July 21, 2011

12th

Oklahoma’s rank nationally for watermelon production in 2010; Watermelon is also the state’s official vegetable.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture

 

Wednesday July 20, 2011 

78 percent

Percentage of persons killed in motorcycle crashes each year in Oklahoma who are not wearing a helmet.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health 

 

Tuesday July 19, 2011

$108 million

Amount the legislature cut appropriations to the Department of Education for this fiscal year compared to FY ’11.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Monday July 18, 2011

29 percent

Percentage of the United States that is currently experiencing drought; 12 percent of the country is in exceptional drought, the largest extent on record.

Source: U.S. Drought Monitor via CBS News

 

Friday July 15, 2011

54 percent

Percentage of Oklahomans who do not think crime is a problem in their community, 2010

Source: Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations

 

Thursday July 14, 2011

80,000

Oklahoma’s jobs deficit – or the difference between the number of jobs Oklahoma has and the number it needs to get back to pre-recession levels.

Source: Economic Policy Institute via Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Wednesday July 13, 2011

1,203

Number of concealed carry license applications denied by the State of Oklahoma in 2010.  247 were denied because of a pending criminal case or a previous criminal conviction.

Source: Self‐Defense Act Licensing Unit

 

Tuesday July 12, 2011

7 to 15

Percentage points by which students of Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) outscored students of non-NBCTs on year-end tests, 2004

Source: The Urban Institute via the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

 

Monday July 11, 2011

6

Number of federal district courts that have upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional; 2 have ruled all or part of the health care reform law unconstitutional.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

Friday July 8, 2011

464,457

Number of children enrolled in SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid health insurance program, as of May 2011.

Source: Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Thursday July 7, 2011

20.7

The average composite score on the ACT for Oklahoma high schools, 08/09; the comparable national average was 21.1.

Source: Education Oversight Board

 

Wednesday July 6, 2011

$2,907,051

Amount Oklahomans on Medicare have saved on prescription drugs since the Affordable Care Act implemented new discounts at the start of the year; $398.66 savings per beneficiary on average.

Source: HealthCare.gov

 

Tuesday July 5, 2011

4,543

Foster care homes in Oklahoma, March 2011.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS)

 

Monday July 4, 2011

$231.8 million

The value of U.S. manufacturers’ shipments of fireworks and pyrotechnics, 2007

Source: U.S. Census

 

Friday July 1, 2011

10

Number of death row inmates exonerated since 1970 in Oklahoma; 96 people have been executed.

Source: Death Penalty Information Center

Thursday June 30, 2011

91,900

Number of unemployed persons in Oklahoma in May 2011; 124,500 people were unemployed during the same month last year.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Wednesday June 29, 2011

23.1

The average age of mothers at first birth in Oklahoma, 2006; up 2.4 years since 1970′s average of 20.7.

Source: Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

 

Tuesday June 28, 2011

Cents out of every dollar earned that Oklahomans pay in state and local taxes.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute, 10 Things you Should Know About Budget and Taxes

 

Monday June 27, 2011

$12 million

Amount cut from the state education budget in bonuses and scholarships to teachers who obtain National Board Certification.

Source: NewsOK

Friday June 24, 2011

78,000

Number of millionaires living in Oklahoma in 2010

Source: Deloitte

 

Thursday June 23, 2011

$2,983,362

Amount paid by 8 pharmaceutical companies to Oklahoma providers between 2009-2011.

Source: ProPublica, Journalism in the Public Interest

 

Wednesday June 22, 2011

2nd

Oklahoma’s rank in a national survey of states with the highest concentration of Wal-Mart stores, with 103 locations in 2011

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

Tuesday June 21, 2011

6

Number of abortion providers – clinics, hospitals, private physicians – in the state of Oklahoma, 2008

Source: Guttmacher Institute

 

Monday June 20, 2011

16 percent

Percentage of the civilian population of Oklahoma without health insurance in 2009; Oklahoma ranks 34th highest nationally on percentage of the population that is uninsured

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

 

Friday June 17, 2011

5.6 percent

Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2011; 6th lowest in the country.

 

Thursday June 16, 2011

179,684

Number of Oklahoma residents who were born in another country, 2009; compared to 131,747 foreign-born residents in 2000.

Source: American Community Survey

 

Wednesday June 15, 2011

60 percent

Percent of the state’s surface water that is used for public water supply; the rest is used mainly for thermoelectric power generation and irrigation

Source: Oklahoma Water Resources Board via OKWaterLaw.com

 

Tuesday June 14, 2011

16

Number of states since 1996 to exempt qualified medical marijuana patients and providers from criminal penalties; Oklahoma is not one of them

Source: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

 

Monday June 13, 2011

1,196

Adult Protective Services investigations completed by OKDHS, February 2011

Source: OKDHS Monthly Statistical Bulletin

 

Friday June 10, 2011

$2,503

Average monthly cost per person for stay in an assisted living facility in Oklahoma, 2009

Source: MetLife Mature Market Institute 
 

Thursday June 9, 2011

51.3 percent

Percentage of married-couple families in Oklahoma where both spouses work

Source: American Community Survey, 2009

Wednesday June 8, 2011

78,787

Total rounds of golf played in 2010 at state-owned golf courses in Oklahoma

Source: FY ‘12 Executive Budget

 

Tuesday June 7, 2011

5

Number of state agencies receiving more appropriations in FY ‘12 than in FY ’09; the other 74 agencies will receive less

Source: OK Policy, FY 2012 Budget Highlights

 

Monday June 6, 2011

57.6

Average age of an Oklahoma farm operator, 2007

Source: 2007 Census of Agriculture

 

Friday June 3, 2011

$2,938,388,810

Total retail sales for prescription drugs filled at Oklahoma pharmacies in 2009.

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

 

Thursday June 2, 2011

6,323

Number of Oklahoma offenders in the custody of contract correctional facilities as of May 23rd, 2011.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

 

Wednesday June 1, 2011

$2,113

Amount spent on gasoline by the average Oklahoma driver in 2010

Source: National Resource Defense Council

Tuesday May 31, 2011

0

Number of times the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down state redistricting on the basis of partisan gerrymandering; In 1986, the Court ruled that gerrymandering is justiciable – meaning an issue that is within its judicial authority to rule.

Source: Legislative Guide to Redistricting 2011, Oklahoma House of Representatives

 

Monday May 30, 2011

324,700

Number of war veterans in Oklahoma, 2010.

Source:  Department of Veterans Affairs

 

May 26, 2011 Thursday

240,855

Number of Oklahomans who are registered to vote as Independent as of January 2011; 11.5 percent of registered voters in the state.

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board

 

May 25, 2011 Wednesday

65.8 percent

Of Oklahoma’s nursing home residents rely on Medicaid to pay for their nursing home care.

Source: Families USA

 

May 24, 2011 Tuesday

4,313

Properties in foreclosure in Oklahoma in the first quarter of 2011.

Source: RealtyTrac

 

May 23, 2011 Monday

$167 million

Amount cut from higher and common education budgets in the state’s FY’ 12 budget.

Source: Tulsa World 

 

May 20, 2011 Friday

15 percent

Percentage of electric generation capacity within the state to be generated from renewable energy sources by 2015, as per The Oklahoma Energy Security Act.

Source: Renewable Energy World 

 

May 19, 2011 Thursday

99

U.S. service member casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan from Oklahoma.

Source: The Washington Post 

 

May 18, 2011 Wednesday

41st

Oklahoma’s rank out of 50 states for percentage of citizens with at least a Bachelor’s degree, 2007.

Source: US Census Bureau 

 

May 17, 2011 Tuesday

$622 million

Drop in overall appropriations in the FY ’12 budget compared to three years ago, in FY ’09.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute 

 

May 16, 2011 Monday

6.8 percent

Growth in Oklahoma manufacturing employment between March 2010 and 2011.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

May 12, 2011 Friday

11 percent

Percentage of their income Oklahomans spent on gasoline on average in April 2011; the national average is 8.9 percent.

Source: Oil Price Information Service via CNN  

 

May 11, 2011 Thursday

14.3

Average days out of 30 that Oklahoma residents reported not getting enough sleep in 2008.  Oklahoma ranked 4th highest among other states in sleep-deprived residents.

Source: Centers for Disease Control via WebMD

 

May 10, 2011 Wednesday

11.4 percent

Increase in foreclosure filings in Oklahoma between the fourth quarter of 2010 and the 1st quarter of 2011.

Source: RealtyTrac 

May 10, 2011 Tuesday 

53.5 percent

Oklahoma’s voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election; 41st in the nation.

Source: U.S. Census, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book

 

May 9, 2011 Monday

8

Permanent standing conference committees in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, as of a 2011 rule change. 

Source:  Oklahoma Policy Institute, 2011 Oklahoma Legislative Overview

May 6, 2011 Friday

$30 million

The cost of transitioning from a paper-based to an electronic case management system for the state’s courts.

Source: The Tulsa World

 

May 5, 2011 Thursday 

133,002

Average monthly participation in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program in Oklahoma, 2010

Source: USDA 

 

May 4, 2011 Wednesday

1.51

Average number of payday loan transactions per Oklahoma borrower during the month of June 2010.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit

 

May 3, 2011 Tuesday

250

Registered sex offenders that would be without a place to live if the legislature passes SB 852 and closes a mobile home park run by Hand Up Ministries, a Christian prison mission.

Source: The Oklahoman 

 

May 2, 2011, Monday

22.2 percent

Food hardship rate in Oklahoma in 2010, compared to 18 percent nationally; Percentage of people answering yes to the question, “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”

Source: Food Research and Action Center

April 29, 2011, Friday

13,485,000

Visits to state parks in Oklahoma in 2007.

Source: U.S. Census, State and Metropolitan Area Data Book 

 

April 28, 2011 Thursday

$2,499

Median credit card debt in Oklahoma, 2008; the national median credit card debt is $2,960.

Source: 2009-2010 Assets and Opportunities Scorecard, CFED

 

April 27, 2011 Wednesday

13,200

Non-farm jobs added to the Oklahoma economy between February and March 2011.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

April 26, 2011 Tuesday

36.2 percent

Oklahoma families that are ‘low-income working families’ (income below 200% of the federal poverty line in 2007); 28 percent are ‘low-income working families’ nationally.

Source:  The Working Poor Families Project 

 

April 25, 2011 Monday

130
Years a prospective Mexican immigrant would have to wait to gain legal admission to the U.S. after applying for an unskilled worker visa.

Source: The American Prospect

 

April 22, 2011 Friday

6.5 percent

Oklahoma’s unemployment rate, February 2011.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute, Numbers You Need April 2011 

 

April 21, 2011 Thursday

103

Drug-free infants born to drug-court participants in Oklahoma, FY07-FY09.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services ODMHSAS 

 

April 20, 2011 Wednesday

$7,411,299,000

Annual payroll and receipts of Oklahoma firms with less than 20 employees, 2007.

Source: United States Small Business Administration 

 

April 19, 2011 Tuesday

9

Number of states where 30 percent or more of the population is obese, 2009; Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

 

April 18, 2011 Monday

$118 million

Potential revenue generated by eliminating the itemized deduction for state tax payments on Oklahoma returns.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute, Protecting Core Services: Revenue Options for a Balanced Budget

 

April 15, 2011 Friday

74

Tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2010; 6th most in the country.

Source: National Weather Service 

 

April 14, 2011 Thursday

$7.25

Hourly minimum wage in Oklahoma; state statute adopts the Federal minimum wage rate by reference.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor 

 

April 12, 2011 Tuesday

70 percent

Increase in Oklahoma foreclosure filings between the last quarters of 2008 and 2010.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute, Numbers You Need March 2011

 

April 11, 2011 Monday

13.9

Students per teacher in Oklahoma public education classrooms, 2008-2009; the national average is 15.3.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics

 

April 8, 2011 Friday

1-800-522-7233

Oklahoma’s Safeline, a toll-free 24-hour hotline for domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Source: Oklahoma Attorney General 

 

April 7, 2011 Thursday

47th

Oklahoma’s ‘Nest Egg’ index rank out of 50 states, ranking citizens ability to build and nurture financial saving and retirement assets.

Source: A.G. Edwards

 

April 6, 2011 Wednesday

86,500

Oklahoma farms in operation in 2010.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

April 5, 2011 Tuesday

12.1 percent

Percentage of the adult population of Oklahoma who are veterans, 2009.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 

 

April 4, 2011 Monday

$228.3 million

Amount claimed by Oklahomans for the first-time homebuyers credit in FFY 2010. The credit was claimed by 33,239 homebuyers

Source: IRS 

 

April 1, 2011 Friday

1,080,354

Acres of Oklahoma land owned by the Federal Government, 2009.

Source: U.S. General Services Administration

March 31, 2011 Thursday

$1.03

Cigarette excise tax per pack in Oklahoma, 2011.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute, Online Budget Guide

 

March 30, 2011 Wednesday

8.3 percent

Percent of Oklahoma’s electricity generated through renewable sources in 2008.

Source:  U.S. Department of Energy

March 29, 2011 Tuesday

$14,000

Annual savings to the state per offender of drug courts compared to incarceration.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)

 

March 28, 2011 Monday

$93.13

Average monthly residential electric bill in Oklahoma, 2009.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

 

March 25, 2011 Friday

19 percent

Increase in the number of minority-owned businesses in Oklahoma between 1997 and 2002; compared to a 4 percent increase in all businesses.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

 

March 24, 2011 Thursday

33,669

Oklahoma births subsidized by SoonerCare in 2009; 63.9 percent of all births in the state.

Source: OHCA

 

March 23, 2011 Wednesday

698

Full-time female law enforcement officers in Oklahoma in 2009.

Source: FBI Crime in the U.S. (CIUS) Report

 

March 22, 2011 Tuesday

272

Total number of undocumented students enrolled in Oklahoma public higher education institutions, 2008/2009 school-year.

Source: Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education Task Force

 

March 21, 2011 Monday

1

Out of every 4 Oklahomans suffers from a mental illness or addiction disorder.

Source: ODMHSAS

 

March 18, 2011 Friday

$1.14 billion

Gross receipts generated by Hispanic-owned businesses in Oklahoma in 2002.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce

March 17, 2011 Thursday

11 percent

Percentage of Oklahomans who carpooled to work in 2002.

Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

March 16, 2011 Wednesday

14

Hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation reported in Oklahoma in 2009.

Source: FBI Hate Crime Statistics

 

March 15, 2011 Tuesday

$75.3 million

Grants awarded to date to Oklahoma by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Affordable Care Act.

Source: Healthcare.gov

 

March 14, 2011 Monday

$535

Amount paid per person in property taxes by Oklahomans in 2007;  the national average is $1,270.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

 

 

March 11, 2011 Friday

53 percent
Percentage of all domestic violence homicides that were committed using a firearm in Oklahoma between 1998-2008.

Source: Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board
 

March 10, 2011 Thursday

120,167

Borrowers with outstanding loans to a payday lending service in Oklahoma in June 2010.

Source: Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit

 

March 9, 2011 Wednesday

$27,460

Average annual salary for a private sector mental health and substance abuse worker in Oklahoma in 2009.

Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC)

 

March 8, 2011 Tuesday

1,657
Manufacturing jobs added to the Oklahoma economy in 2010.
Source: Economic Policy Institute

 

March 7, 2011 Monday

6
Prisons run by for-profit corporations in Oklahoma.
Source: Oklahoma Department of Corrections

 

March 4, 2011 Friday

35.7 percent

Percentage of all purchases in Oklahoma in 2003 subject to the sales tax.

Source: OK Policy, Fixing the Sales Tax

 

March 3, 2011 Friday

$298.3 million

Child support payments collected and distributed in Oklahoma by OKDHS in FY ’10.

Source: OK Policy, Numbers You Need

 

March 2, 2011 Wednesday

$161,610

Average annual salary for a general practice family doctor in Oklahoma in 2009.

Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC)

 

March 1, 2011 Tuesday

58 percent 
Percentage of Oklahoma children under age 5 with a single working parent or two working parents that require daycare. 
Source: Oklahoma Child Care Annual Report, 2009

Feb 28, 2011 Monday

149 

Exemptions to the sales tax in Oklahoma statutes.

Source: OK Policy, Fixing the Sales Tax

 

Feb 25, 2011 Friday

27, 155

Growth in population describing themselves as Hispanic or Latino in Tulsa between 2000 and 2010; Tulsa’s total population dropped by 1,143 during the same period.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Feb 24, 2011 Thursday

$676

Annual per capita spending on fast food in Oklahoma in 2007.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau via 24/7 Wall St. 

 

Feb 23, 2011 Wednesday

15,225
Number of bankruptcy filings in Oklahoma in the last 12 months (through September 2010).

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute, Numbers You Need

 

Feb 22, 2011 Tuesday

$17,593 
Oklahoma’s mean entry wage, 2009 
Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

 

Feb 21, 2011 Monday

7.1 percent

Percentage of people in Oklahoma who described themselves as Hispanic or Latino in 2010. 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Feb 18, 2011 Friday

$35,100
Maximum income that a family of 3 can earn, to be eligible for subsidized child care in Oklahoma. This is equivalent to 76% of the state’s median income. 
Source: Child Welfare League of America: Oklahoma’s Children, 2010

 

Feb 17, 2011 Thursday

16 percent

Estimated national unemployment rate if the Federal government had not passed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
Source: Economic Policy Institute: Economic Snapshots

 

Feb 16, 2011 Wednesday

70, 153
Number of non-institutionalized Oklahomans aged 5-20 with a disability in 2009. 
Source: US Census Bureau

 

Feb 15, 2011 Tuesday

39, 279

Number of Oklahoma grandparents who are primary caregivers to at least one grandchild under 18.

US Census Bureau: Selected Social Characteristics, 2000 

 

Feb 14, 2011 Monday

24.9
Percentage of Oklahomans who were under 18 years of age, 2009
Source: US Census Bureau

 

Feb 11, 2011 Friday

19

Female legislators in the Oklahoma Legislature, out of 149 total. 

Source: Oklahoma Women’s Network

 

Feb 10, 2011 Thursday

8.2 million 
Number of jobs lost in the U.S. since the start of the recession in December 2007.  This is a loss of 5.9 percent of the job base, or about 1 out of 20 jobs. 
Source: Economic Policy Institute, Corporate Profits

 

Feb 9, 2011 Wednesday

$38, 400
Base legislative salary for a member of the Oklahoma Legislature.  
Source: OK Policy Institute, 2011 Oklahoma Legislative Overview

 

Feb 8, 2011 Tuesday

53 percent 
Percentage of Oklahoma emergency room visits for non-emergent problems in 2005.  
Source: Oklahoma County Medical Society

 

Feb 7, 2011 Monday

2,137 
Bills introduced in both houses of the 2011 Oklahoma State Legislature.  
Source: OK Policy Institute, 2011 Oklahoma Legislative Overview

 

Feb 4, 2011 Friday

214 percent

Growth in pre-tax income of the richest 1 percent of Americans from 1979 to 2007
Source: Economic Policy Institute 

 

Feb 3, 2011 Thursday

$22,050 
Poverty threshold for a family of 4 in 2009. 
Source: Economic Policy Institute

 

Feb 2, 2011 Wednesday 

11,500
Average annual number of people treated in the ER for snow-shoveling injuries.

Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine

 

Feb 1, 2011 Tuesday

130

Tons of sand or sand-salt mixtures the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has in stock in preparation for today’s storm. 

Source:  ODOT (via NewsOn6.com)

January 31, 2011 Monday

11,393

Number of children in foster care in Oklahoma. 3,993 of these children are waiting for adoptive families. 
Source: AdoptUsKids.org

 

January 28, 2011 Friday

21.7

Mean minutes of travel time to work for Oklahoma workers age 16+, 2000.
Source: US Census Bureau

 

January 27, 2011 Thursday

77

Fatal work-related injuries in Oklahoma in 2009, a decrease of 25 from 2008. National total: 5214, down 974 from the previous year. 
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

January 26, 2011 

102
Number of tuberculosis cases in Oklahoma, 2009. There were 208 cases in 1999. 
Source: OK Dept. of Health

 

January 25, 2011 
$36,411

Oklahoma’s mean wage, 2009 
Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

 

January 24, 2011

391 percent

Maximum APR of a two-week $100 payday loan in Oklahoma
Source:  Tulsa World

 

January 21, 2011 

1,039

Number of babies born during an average week in Oklahoma. Of these, 144 are born pre-term and 87 are born low birthrate.

Source: OK State Dept. of Health 

 

January 20, 2011

3.2 million 
Oklahomans whose homes utilize public water supplies. (Total state population = 3.7 million.) Roughly 1/2 million people utilize private wells or other non-municipal water sources. 
Source: OK Dept. of Environmental Quality

 

January 19, 2011

$156.3 million 
Amount of sales taxes lost to online and catalog retailers who do not collect tax from Oklahoma customers (FY’12 estimate). 
Source: OK Policy’s Bridging the Gap

 

January 18, 2011

9.9 percent

Percentage of Oklahoma first graders whose medical insurance does not cover routine well-child visits.

Source: 2007-2008 First Grade Health Survey

 

January 14, 2011

46,500 
Number of Oklahoma workers who gained workers’ compensation insurance as a result of the OK Legislature making coverage mandatory in 1986. 
Source: OK Dept. of Labor

 

January 13, 2011

25

Number of consecutive months of increasing enrollment in SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. The program now has 726,960 participants

Source: OK Policy, Numbers You Need

 

January 12, 2011

75,025

Female-owned small businesses in Oklaohma in 2002, representing 25.7 percent of the state’s total businesses (2002)

Source: US Small Business Association Office of Advocacy

 

January 11, 2011

567 
Number of Oklahoma children younger than 6 years of age tested for lead poisoning and found to have elevated blood lead levels, 2004-2006. 
Source: OK State Department of Health, Housing Hazards

 

January 10, 2011


Number of female Governors of Oklahoma, as of today. Mary Fallin is the state’s 27th Governor.

Source:  Wikipedia

 

January 7, 2011

57,601
Oklahoma children living in grandparent-headed households (6.5% of all children in the state) (2008). 
Source: AARP

 

January 6, 2011

73 percent 
Portion of state taxpayers with incomes under $50,000. 
Source: OK Policy’s Bridging the Gap

 

January 5, 2011

 

11 percent

 

Percentage of Oklahoma public school teens who report that they drove a car or other vehicle one or more times during the 30 days before the survey when they had been drinking alcohol.

Source: 2009 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey

 

January 4, 2011

9th

Oklahoma’s rank nationwide in the number of National Board Certified Teachers (2,599 total).

Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, “The Progress of Education Reform 2010

 

January 3, 2011

 

18,090

Number of people incarcerated by the OK Department of Corrections, week of December 27, 2010 (98.03 percent of capacity). 
Source: ODOC Offender Count