Tulsa, OK – A new survey shows that nearly 16 percent of Oklahomans lived in poverty in 2007.
The figures from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, released Tuesday, found that 557,000 Oklahomans were in poverty even as the state's economy continued to perform well.
The 2007 poverty figure was a slight decline from the 17 percent of Oklahomans who lived in poverty in 2006.
But even with the slight improvement, the survey showed the state's poverty rate remained above the national average of 13 percent in 2007.
The American Community Survey provides statistics on income, earnings, poverty, education and housing, among others.