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New Survey Reveals Poverty Indicators Worsening For Oklahoma Children, Teens

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom quarter of states in childhood wellbeing according to an annual survey out Tuesday morning from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The state's placement remained steady from last year.

The Kids Count Data Book shows 24 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, and the new survey ranks the state 39th in the nation when it comes to the overall wellbeing of children.

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Terry Smith says conditions are worsening for many of Oklahoma’s kids.

“The so-called economic recovery has still bypassed some of our children, leaving families struggling to provide for basic living expenses,” Smith said.

The survey evaluates states based on economic wellbeing, education, family and community and health.

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