Number of Oklahoma Children Living in Poverty Doubles
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new national study shows that nearly 1 in 4 children in Oklahoma live in poverty and the number of children living in high-poverty areas has more than doubled since 2000.
The 25th annual Kids Count report released Tuesday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Oklahoma 39th in 16 indicators across four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The state dropped from 36th in 2013, one of the largest declines in the United States.
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy president Terry Smith says the data show the state is not doing well in helping its children.
Nationally, the poverty rate increased from 19 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2012.