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Poverty & Economic Opportunity

Featured Report
December 13th, 2017

Download the 2016 Poverty Profile as a PDF Fact Sheet 624,042 Oklahomans had incomes below the poverty level in 2016. That’s 16.3 percent of Oklahoma’s population, or about one out of every 6 Oklahomans. The poverty rate in Oklahoma continues to be above the national average Since 2008, Oklahoma’s poverty rate has been higher than the national average, and that  Continue Reading »

Recent Articles & Reports
June 27th, 2018

A new report shows the youngest generation of Oklahomans face far-reaching challenges. The state ranks near the bottom in the nation for most measures of child well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Overall, the report ranks Oklahoma 44th out of all 50 states for child well-being. Even in areas where Oklahoma  Continue Reading »

June 21st, 2018

Last month, we shared our concerns about the farm bill proposal being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill proposes deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) that could put 97,000 Oklahomans at risk of going hungry.  While that bill did not pass, 198 members of Congress, including all members of the  Continue Reading »

June 5th, 2018

Most Americans agree that it’s important to have a social safety net.  Bad luck and hard times can hit any of us, and when that happens there should be something there to keep us from falling into destitution while we work to get back on our feet. That’s what the safety net does – it helps people avoid extreme deprivation  Continue Reading »