Participation in federal programs
Adults and children receiving welfare (TANF): 15,368
Children receiving food stamps (SNAP): 267,000
EITC recipients: 327,000
Families receiving child care subsidies: 14,100
Households receiving federal rental assistance: 55,000
Households receiving LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program): 121,680
Number of children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP: 511,959
Number of women and children receiving WIC (Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program): 105,846
Participants in all Head Start programs: 17,484
Asset poverty rate: 24.1%
Average college graduate debt: $26,068
Unbanked households: 11.0%
Poverty by demographic
Child poverty rate: 22.6%
Number of Black and Hispanic children below 200% poverty: 164,000
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 38%
Senior poverty rate: 9.1%
Women in poverty: 17.1%
Children in foster care: 10,047
Number of households with grandparents responsible for grandchildren under age 18 28,531
Percent of children in immigrant families: 13%
Percent of children living in single parent families: 35%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 population ages 15-19: 33
Economic well-being
Extreme poverty rate: 10.0%
Food insecurity: 16.2%
Minimum Wage: $7.25
Number of Black and Hispanic children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 88,000
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 14.2%
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 28.7%
Percent of working families under 200% of the poverty line: 36.5%
Poverty rate: 15.8%
Unemployment rate: 4.5%
High school graduation rate: 82.5%
Percent of adult population with at least a high school degree: 85.5%
Percent of college graduates with debt: 48%
Percent of population over age 25 with at least a four year college degree: 25.2%
Percent of teens ages 16 to 19 not attending school and not working: 9%
Home foreclosure rate: 1.63%
Homeless people: 4,199
Households paying more than 50% of income on housing: 102,000
Percent renters: 34%
Total households: 1,470,364
Justice System
Incarcerated persons per 100,000 residents 700
Number of youth residing in juvenile justice and correctional facilities: 552

State Policies

State governments play a significant role in developing policies that help support low-income families. Below is a list of some key Oklahoma policies and a link to an organization that tracks the issue.

Tax & Asset-Building Policy

Family and Work Supports