2014 Oklahoma Poverty Profile

Download the 2014 Poverty Profile as a 2-page fact sheet here.

1 in 6 Oklahomans lived in poverty in 2014 (623,840 people).

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What is the Federal Poverty Level?

The federal poverty level was first established in 1965 and was set at three times the cost of a basic food plan. The level is adjusted annually for inflation. It is widely accepted that the federal poverty level does not accurately reflect the amount of income needed to meet one’s basic needs, but it is used to determine eligibility for various public programs and benefits, including Medicaid, health insurance premium tax credits, the free- and reduced- school lunch program, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and many others. Poverty rates do not account for the benefits of nutrition programs like SNAP or after-tax income like the Earned Income Tax Credit, but they do provide an estimate of how many Oklahomans are struggling most to receive income in the private economy.

2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines

2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Poverty rates in Oklahoma remain above the national average.


Households headed by single mothers are the largest segment of families in poverty, but many married-couple households also remain in poverty.

household types of Oklahomans in poverty

Many Oklahomans living in poverty worked at least part-time.

employment status

Here are the 2014 Oklahoma poverty rates by…


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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