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Oklahoma Families and Children in Poverty

Oklahoma Families and Children in Poverty

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Oklahoma Policy Institute on the prevalence of poverty in Oklahoma, social problems affecting children, and the impact of the state budget crisis
Oklahoma Policy Institute on the prevalence of poverty in Oklahoma, social problems affecting children, and the impact of the state budget crisis

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Poverty ForumSt. Charles Borromeo Catholic ChurchMarch 12
th
, 2011
David BlattDirector, Oklahoma Policy Institutedblatt@okpolicy.org;www.okpolicy.org 
918-794-3944
 
Poverty
Economic Policy Institute(EPI)U.S. Census Bureau
In 2009, a U.S. family of four with an income of$22,050wasconsidered to be poor, or below the poverty line.
Oklahoma’s poverty rate (13.2 percent) is 2.5 percentage
points higher than the national average (15.7 percent).
15.7%13.2%
0 5 10 15 20 25
OklahomaU.S.
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009
 
Status ofChildren andFamilies
American CommunitySurvey 2009U.S. Census Bureau
The poverty rate for children (22.0 percent) is higher than that ofworking-age adults (15.2 percent) or seniors (9.5 percent).Families with children, especially young children, are likeliestto live in poverty. Oklahoma families headed by singlemothers are five times as likely to live in poverty asfamilies headed by married couples (ACS 2009).
22.0%15.2%9.5%
0.0%5.0%10.0%15.0%20.0%25.0%
Children 18 andunderAdults 19-64 Elderly 65+
Poverty Rate 
Oklahoma Poverty Rate by Age, 2009

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