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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Source: Oil Price Information Service via


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 


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


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


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


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


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

Source:  New York Times


Friday, November 4th


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


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


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


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


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



Monday, October 24


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Source: RealtyTrac via


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Thursday, September 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.



Tuesday, August 30

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

Source: U.S. Census via ThinkProgress

Monday, August 29



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


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

Source: ACT


Wednesday, August 24


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

Source: OKDHS


Tuesday, August 23

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


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


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


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


Registered voters in Oklahoma as of January 2011.

Source: Oklahoma State Election Board


Thursday, August 11


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

Source: Oklahoman


Wednesday, August 10


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


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


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

Source: Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Friday July 29, 2011


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


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


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


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

Source: National Climatic Data Center via


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.



Tuesday July 5, 2011


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


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

Source: Death Penalty Information Center

Thursday June 30, 2011


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


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


Number of millionaires living in Oklahoma in 2010

Source: Deloitte


Thursday June 23, 2011


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

Source: ProPublica, Journalism in the Public Interest


Wednesday June 22, 2011


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


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


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


Tuesday June 14, 2011


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


Adult Protective Services investigations completed by OKDHS, February 2011

Source: OKDHS Monthly Statistical Bulletin


Friday June 10, 2011


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


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

Source: FY ‘12 Executive Budget


Tuesday June 7, 2011


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


Average age of an Oklahoma farm operator, 2007

Source: 2007 Census of Agriculture


Friday June 3, 2011


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

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation


Thursday June 2, 2011


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


Amount spent on gasoline by the average Oklahoma driver in 2010

Source: National Resource Defense Council

Tuesday May 31, 2011


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


Number of war veterans in Oklahoma, 2010.

Source:  Department of Veterans Affairs


May 26, 2011 Thursday


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


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


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

Source: The Washington Post 


May 18, 2011 Wednesday


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


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


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 


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

Source: USDA 


May 4, 2011 Wednesday


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


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


Visits to state parks in Oklahoma in 2007.

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


April 28, 2011 Thursday


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


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

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


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


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

Source: United States Small Business Administration 


April 19, 2011 Tuesday


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


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

Source: National Weather Service 


April 14, 2011 Thursday


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


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


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

Source: Oklahoma Attorney General 


April 7, 2011 Thursday


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


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


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

Source: U.S. General Services Administration

March 31, 2011 Thursday


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


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


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


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

Source: OHCA


March 23, 2011 Wednesday


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

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


March 22, 2011 Tuesday


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


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



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


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.



March 14, 2011 Monday


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


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

Source: Oklahoma Department of Consumer Credit


March 9, 2011 Wednesday


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

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


March 7, 2011 Monday

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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


Feb 11, 2011 Friday


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

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

Poverty threshold for a family of 4 in 2009. 
Source: Economic Policy Institute


Feb 2, 2011 Wednesday 

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

Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine


Feb 1, 2011 Tuesday


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

Source:  ODOT (via

January 31, 2011 Monday


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


January 28, 2011 Friday


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


January 27, 2011 Thursday


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 

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


January 25, 2011 

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 


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

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


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


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

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

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


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



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