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 January 2014. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern. A Kansas City native, Carly graduated from the University of Tulsa in December 2013 with a BA in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. She is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification Program, the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking program, and The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa. She previously served as board president for United Campus Ministry at the University of Tulsa. At OK Policy, Carly supervises policy staff and conducts research focusing on health care and the safety net.

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