Poverty in Oklahoma

What is the poverty rate in Oklahoma?
The poverty rate in Oklahoma is 16.2%. One out of every 6.2 residents of Oklahoma lives in poverty.

How many people in Oklahoma live in poverty?
612,714 of 3,780,828 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Oklahoma compare to the national average?
Oklahoma ranks 39th in Poverty Rate at 16.2%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma is moderately higher than the national average of 14.6%.

Oklahoma Poverty Rate County Map

Oklahoma County Poverty Rate Comparison

Oklahoma Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Oklahoma?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Oklahoma is 14.6%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Oklahoma is 17.8%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Oklahoma

Female residents of Oklahoma are meaningfully(21%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

271,079 of 1,858,682 males in Oklahoma live below the poverty line.

341,635 of 1,922,146 females in Oklahoma live below the poverty line.

Oklahoma Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Oklahoma By Age?

Oklahoma Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Oklahoma Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 25.2%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 23.1%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 19.0%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 15.9%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 9.4%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 9.0%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.

Historical Oklahoma Poverty Rate

Oklahoma Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

16.9% 15.3%

2011

17.2% 1.0% 15.9%

2012

17.2% 0.0% 15.9%

2013

16.8% 2.0% 15.8%

2014

16.6% 1.0% 15.5%

2015

16.1% 3.0% 14.7%

2016

16.3% 1.0% 14.0%

2017

15.8% 2.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Oklahoma Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

266,247

28.8% 25.2% 6.8%

American Indian

281,603

22.0% 26.8% 7.2%

Asian

77,872

15.9% 11.9% 2.0%

Pacific Islander

5,294

18.7% 19.0% 0.1%

Other

102,519

24.9% 23.8% 2.6%

Two Or More Races

291,956

21.2% 18.4% 7.5%

White

2,522,288

12.6% 10.3% 64.7%

Hispanic

383,402

24.9% 22.2% 9.8%

What's the Poverty Rate in Oklahoma By Race?

28.8% of Black residents of Oklahoma live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Oklahoma is the same as than the national average. 76,622 of 266,247 black Oklahomans live below the poverty line. Approximately 6.8% of the total population of Oklahoma are black.

15.9% of Asian residents of Oklahoma live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Oklahoma is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 12,408 of 77,872 asian Oklahomans live below the poverty line. Approximately 2.0% of the total population of Oklahoma are asian.

12.6% of White residents of Oklahoma live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Oklahoma is the same as than the national average. 317,737 of 2,522,288 white Oklahomans live below the poverty line. Approximately 64.7% of the total population of Oklahoma are white.

24.9% of Hispanic residents of Oklahoma live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Oklahoma is the same as than the national average. 95,550 of 383,402 hispanic Oklahomans live below the poverty line. Approximately 9.8% of the total population of Oklahoma are hispanic.

Oklahoma Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Oklahoma can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 22.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 212,242 of 956,584 Oklahomans enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 24.6% of the total population of Oklahoma are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 13.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents not enrolled in school is moderately higher than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 360,815 of 2,669,782 Oklahomans not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 68.5% of the total population of Oklahoma are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Oklahoma is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 23.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents enrolled in nursery school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 15,247 of 65,861 Oklahomans enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.7% of the total population of Oklahoma are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 23.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is moderately higher than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 49,996 of 214,286 Oklahomans enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.5% of the total population of Oklahoma are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Oklahoma can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 20.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly higher than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 42,312 of 206,392 Oklahomans enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.3% of the total population of Oklahoma are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 18.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is slightly higher than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 36,625 of 200,434 Oklahomans enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.1% of the total population of Oklahoma are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 26.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 46,438 of 174,818 Oklahomans enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Oklahoma are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Oklahoma have a Poverty Rate of 18.9%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Oklahoma residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is slightly higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 7,440 of 39,426 Oklahomans enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.0% of the total population of Oklahoma is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Oklahoma Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Oklahoma born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

16.0%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Oklahoma who were born citizens of the United States is 16.0%.

19.9%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Oklahoma who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 19.9%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Oklahoma born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Oklahoma have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 3,556,997 residents of Oklahoma who were born citizens of the United States, 568,086 (16.0%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 44,628 (19.9%) of 223,831 residents of Oklahoma who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Oklahoma Poverty Rate By City

Oklahoma Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Ada

177th

23.3% 17,262

Altus

122nd

18.9% 19,181

Alva

93rd

16.1% 5,167

Anadarko

230th

34.4% 6,710

Ardmore

120th

18.7% 24,927

Bartlesville

74th

14.9% 36,398

Bethany

80th

15.3% 19,508

Bixby

10th

5.7% 24,939

Blackwell

174th

23.1% 6,845

Blanchard

24th

8.7% 8,403

Bristow

194th

24.9% 4,197

Broken Arrow

16th

7.6% 106,264

Broken Bow

233rd

35.2% 4,101

Catoosa

66th

14.3% 7,524

Chickasha

144th

20.1% 16,256

Choctaw

11th

6.2% 12,228

Claremore

78th

15.2% 18,777

Clinton

53rd

12.6% 9,344

Collinsville

57th

13.4% 6,536

Coweta

48th

12.0% 9,549

Cushing

148th

20.8% 7,793

Del City

90th

15.9% 21,888

Dewey

87th

15.7% 3,485

Duncan

107th

17.1% 22,998

Durant

181st

23.7% 17,198

Edmond

33rd

10.2% 89,769

El Reno

91st

16.0% 18,378

Elk City

56th

13.3% 12,236

Enid

67th

14.4% 50,809

Fort Gibson

130th

19.3% 4,097

Frederick

197th

26.3% 3,721

Glenpool

44th

11.4% 12,929

Grove

59th

13.6% 6,791

Guthrie

153rd

21.1% 10,984

Guymon

115th

17.7% 11,859

Harrah

22nd

8.3% 5,934

Heavener

228th

34.3% 3,338

Henryetta

185th

24.1% 5,726

Hobart

216th

30.5% 3,609

Holdenville

173rd

23.1% 5,653

Hominy

168th

22.9% 3,467

Hugo

238th

45.3% 5,215

Idabel

220th

31.3% 6,954

Jenks

8th

5.6% 20,836

Kingfisher

46th

11.9% 4,821

Lawton

126th

19.2% 95,168

Lone Grove

75th

14.9% 5,013

Madill

68th

14.5% 3,864

Marlow

139th

20.0% 4,553

McAlester

141st

20.0% 18,198

McLoud

104th

17.0% 4,616

Miami

191st

24.7% 13,428

Midwest City

84th

15.6% 57,167

Moore

29th

9.5% 59,992

Muskogee

193rd

24.8% 38,139

Mustang

6th

5.3% 20,125

Newcastle

3rd

3.8% 9,327

Nichols Hills

2nd

2.3% 3,866

Noble

38th

10.8% 6,668

Norman

119th

18.2% 119,820

Nowata

189th

24.5% 3,688

Oklahoma City

105th

17.1% 629,191

Okmulgee

201st

26.8% 12,123

Owasso

14th

6.9% 34,634

Park Hill

151st

21.0% 3,985

Pauls Valley

190th

24.5% 6,116

Pawhuska

198th

26.4% 3,432

Perry

49th

12.0% 5,006

Piedmont

1st

1.8% 7,079

Pocola

186th

24.2% 4,042

Ponca City

106th

17.1% 24,579

Poteau

184th

23.8% 8,729

Pryor Creek

150th

20.9% 9,387

Purcell

166th

22.0% 6,352

Roland

207th

27.3% 3,529

Sallisaw

211th

28.7% 8,574

Sand Springs

39th

10.9% 19,727

Sapulpa

112th

17.5% 20,477

Sayre

98th

16.5% 4,625

Seminole

192nd

24.8% 7,384

Shawnee

154th

21.1% 30,974

Skiatook

123rd

18.9% 8,026

Slaughterville

32nd

9.8% 4,291

Spencer

100th

16.7% 4,024

Stillwater

229th

34.3% 48,685

Stilwell

236th

37.2% 4,002

Sulphur

114th

17.7% 5,014

Tahlequah

210th

28.4% 16,481

Tecumseh

94th

16.2% 6,571

The Village

43rd

11.3% 9,329

Tulsa

138th

20.0% 401,352

Tuttle

4th

4.4% 6,773

Verdigris

15th

7.4% 4,291

Vinita

180th

23.7% 5,512

Wagoner

187th

24.3% 8,688

Warr Acres

70th

14.6% 10,385

Weatherford

142nd

20.1% 11,894

Wewoka

237th

41.7% 3,396

Woodward

51st

12.3% 12,687

Yukon

20th

8.2% 25,729

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