Tulsa and Oklahoma City have low levels of urban hardship

Saturday, September 4th 2004, 10:29 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ A study that tracks poverty and adversity in the nation's largest cities finds that Oklahoma City and Tulsa have low levels of urban hardship.

The study by the Rockefeller Institute of Government ranked Oklahoma City 67th and Tulsa 73rd among 86 cities that were studied.

The institute looked at unemployment, the percentage of people under 16 or older than 64, high-school graduation rates, income levels, crowded housing and poverty.

The study found that Oklahoma City and Tulsa had relatively lower rates of adults without high school diplomas and people living below the poverty line.

But David Blatt with Community Action Project of Tulsa says Oklahoma as a whole has higher-than-average levels of poverty because some of the poorest areas are rural.