Oklahoma Information For 2006
This portion of Bubbaworld is provide to permit you the reader to become familiar with the many traits which make Oklahoma what it is today.
Last Updated: 6/11/07
The Good News
Washington, D.C. based Trust for America’s Health in 2006 ranked Oklahoma as best in the nation in being prepared for a catastrophic health event or terror attack.
The Catalogue for Philanthropy’s Generosity Index for 2004 (latest available) ranks Oklahoma as the number 2 state in generosity.
The “2007 State Business Tax Climate Index” by the Tax Foundation rates Oklahoma 21st among the 50 states in a ranking of “business friendly” tax climates.
The Bad News
Oklahoma’s 2003 (latest available) infant mortality rate of 7.8 deaths per-1,000 live births, is the 14th worst in the nation and is above the national average of 6.9 per-1,000.
According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report for 2003-2004 (latest available) 17.5 percent of Oklahoma children lack health insurance coverage. This is second worst rate in the nation.
The 2005 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Oklahoma’s median household income for 2005 (latest available) was $37,063 sixth-lowest in the nation.
Trust for America’s Health report for 2005 indicates that Oklahoma is the 13th ‘fattest’ state, with 25.4 percent of Oklahoma adults being obese, 61.5 percent of adults being overweight or obese and 15.2 percent of high school students being overweight.
According to the Uniform Crimes Report for 2004 (latest available) compiled by the FBI, Oklahoma reports about 44 rapes per 100,000 people. The national reporting average is about 32 rapes per 100,000 people. Oklahoma makes arrests in only 19.8 percent of reported rapes, the national average is 27.5 percent.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services reports that Medicaid paid for the births of 55 percent of the 51,157 born in Oklahoma in 2004 (latest data available) and that about 35 percent of those babies were born to unmarried mothers.
Researchers at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation gave Oklahoma a D in student achievement and a D-plus in education reform in its report based on 2005 scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress.
An annual health report by United Health Foundation ranks Oklahoma 44th in the nation in the health of citizens.
Men’s Health magazine in its 2006 survey of men’s health ranks Tulsa near the bottom of the list, at 96th out of 100 cities.
The U.S. Department of Education Food Research and Action Center School Breakfast Scorecard 2006 reports that Oklahoma ranked fourth nationally in the rate of free and reduced-price breakfasts served compared with the number of free and reduced-price lunches.
According to the 2006 Kids Count Data Book, 21 percent of Oklahoma’s children live in poverty and 34 percent of them live in single-parent homes. Oklahoma ranks 40th nationally in child well-being.