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Demographics of Young, Poor Children

For 2012, the federal poverty threshold is $23,283 for a family of four. Children living in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold are referred to as poor. But research suggests that, on average, families need an income of about twice the federal poverty threshold to meet their basic needs. The United States measures poverty by an outdated standard developed in the 1960s.

Young Children in Oklahoma,
by Income Level, 2012

Young Children in Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

In Oklahoma, there are 214,324 families with 301,512 young children.

Young Poor Children: 28% (85,270) of young children live in poor families (National: 25%), defined as income below 100% of the federal poverty level.

Parental Employment

Parents' Employment Status in
Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Parents' Employment Status in Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Parental Education

Young Children in Poor Families in
Oklahoma, by Parents' Education, 2012

Young Children in Poor Families in Oklahoma, by Parents' Education, 2012

Parental Marital Status

Young Children in Unmarried-Parent Families in
Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Young Children in Unmarried-Parent Families in Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Child’s Race/Ethnicity

Young Children in Poor Families in
Oklahoma, by Race, 2012

Young Children in Poor Families in Oklahoma, by Race, 2012

Child’s Age

Young Children in Poor Families in
Oklahoma, by Age, 2012

Young Children in Poor Families in Oklahoma, by Age, 2012

Residential Move

Young Children Who Have Recently Moved in
Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Young Children Who Have Recently Moved in Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Parental Nativity

Young Children in Poor Families in
Oklahoma, by Parents' Nativity, 2012

Young Children in Poor Families in Oklahoma, by Parents' Nativity, 2012

Home Ownership

Young Children in Owner-Occupied Housing in
Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Young Children in Owner-Occupied Housing in Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Parental Presence

Young Children Living in Families with No Parent Present,
in Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Young Children Living in Families with No Parent Present, in Oklahoma, by Income Level, 2012

Data Notes and Sources

Last Updated: May 2, 2014

Some graphs may not be shown because of extremely small sample sizes.

Because of rounding, not all figures will add up to 100%.

National data were calculated from the 2012 American Community Survey, representing information from 2012. State data were calculated from the 2010-2012 American Community Survey, representing information from the years 2010 to 2012.

Definitions

The demographic findings on this page were calculated using federal poverty thresholds issued by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more information about federal poverty thresholds, see the US Census website.

Low Income
Families and children are defined as low-income if the family income is less than twice the federal poverty threshold (see Poor).
Parent
A parent is defined as an individual over the age of 17. Among children who do not live with at least one parent, parental characteristics are those of the householder and/or the householder's spouse.
Poor
Families and children are defined as poor if family income is below the federal poverty threshold. The federal poverty threshold for a family of four with two children was $23,283 in 2012, $22,811 in 2011, and $22,113 in 2010.
Young Child
A young child is defined as an individual under the age of 6. Children living in group quarters and children living with only unrelated adults are excluded from these data.

For definitions of other terms, please refer to Explanations of Terms and Data Sources.