New factsheet shares the data on what poverty really looks like in Oklahoma

poverty-profileYou may not be surprised to learn that, despite some progress in lowering the poverty rate the past three years, more than 600,000 Oklahomans lived in poverty in 2015. But did you know that two in five Oklahomans in poverty had been employed in the past year? Or that nearly two in three Oklahomans in poverty are white? These, and other takeaways, are summarized in our 2015 Poverty Profile, a two-page fact sheet examining the state’s poverty statistics from multiple angles. 

 With our 2015 Policy Profile, you can view Oklahoma’s poverty rates by sex, education level, household type, disability status, and more. In addition, see how Oklahoma’s poverty rate has compared to national levels over time. View the OK Policy 2015 Poverty Profile here and download it as a pdf here. You can also see our recommended policy agenda for reducing poverty and creating better jobs and opportunities for all Oklahoma families here.

For more of our work in this area, see our poverty and economic opportunity issues page.

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Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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