okie flagThe Oklahoma Misery Observatory
Documenting the consequences of the cruel and merciless social darwinist culture of death ideology that rules this state. This page is an indictment of Oklahoma politicians who substitute public ideological masturbation for good governance.  Dedicated to the victims of decades of corrupt and incompetent government in Oklahoma.  Indicates latest additions.

  • While the national poverty rate declined, in 2016 in Oklahoma the poverty rate increased. 16.3% of Oklahomans live on incomes below the poverty line ($24,230 for a family of four). This was an increase of about 9,500 families over 2015. Oklahoma's poverty rate is the 9th highest in the nation.  http://okpolicy.org/new-census-data-shows-oklahoma-fell-behind-u-s-poverty-uninsured-rate-2016/
  • 530,000 Oklahomans (13.8%) have no health insurance, the third highest rate in the nation. http://okpolicy.org/new-census-data-shows-oklahoma-fell-behind-u-s-poverty-uninsured-rate-2016/
  • 2nd worst state to live in.  CNBC
  • #1 in the nation for extra annual costs to drivers for vehicle maintenance and operation costs due to bad roads.  Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce CEO Briefing as reported in the March 21, 2017 Oklahoman.
  • #1 in the nation for uninsured motorists. Most expensive auto insurance rates.  Newschannel 4 OKC.
  • #50 in the nation for overall health care issues. #48 in the nation for access and affordability of health care. #49 in the nation for equity in health care.  Tulsa World
  • 48th in the nation for visits to dentists -- 43% of Oklahomans did not visit a dentist last year.
  • # 6 in the nation for percentage of workers earning minimum wage. (6%)
  • 2nd highest "percentage of adults with mental illness (21.88%)  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported in the Oklahoma Gazette.
  • #5 in the nation for income inequality. 1970 - date. . .  incomes for the wealthiest 20% of Oklahomans grew 64%, while those of the middle fifth grew 16%, and incomes of the poorest fifth grew 5%. Between 1998 and 2007, the incomes of the richest 20% of Oklahomans grew 7.7%, while the incomes of the middle fifth were stagnant – and the incomes of the poorest fifth fell by 7.5%.  http://www.cbpp.org/files/pullingapart2012/Oklahoma.pdf
  • Teen Birth Rate.  Oklahoma's teen birth rate is #2 in the nation for births in the 15-19 age group.  Oklahoma is #1 in the nation for births in the 18-19 age group.  We are #3 in the nation for births in the 15-17 age group.  Tulsa World
  • 70% of Oklahoma young men, ages 17 to 24, can't pass the military entrance exams.  (KFOR, 6/5/2014)