Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Oklahoma

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April 29, 2022
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Counties with the highest rate of food insecure children in Oklahoma

Food insecurity is a widespread problem in the United States, with people experiencing food insecurity in every single county in the nation. The nonprofit Feeding America describes food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.”

Food insecurity hits children particularly hard. The USDA estimates that more than 5.3 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic put further strain on households already experiencing food hardship, with Feeding America estimating that 13 million children may experience food insecurity in 2021—that’s one in six children. Not having consistent access to enough food can affect cognitive abilities, overall health, moods, and attention spans—not to mention the psychological effects of living with scarcity.

Stacker compiled a list of counties in Oklahoma with the highest rate of food insecure children using data from Feeding America. Counties are ranked by highest percent of children with food insecurity as of 2019.

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#50. Love County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 490
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 73.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.0%
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#49. Garvin County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,370
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.1%
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#48. Ellis County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 180
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.3%
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#47. Beckham County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,100
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 70.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.2%
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#46. Oklahoma County

- Child food insecurity rate: 19.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 39,790
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 65.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 35.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.3%

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#45. Lincoln County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,720
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 31.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.2%
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#44. Creek County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,460
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.9%
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#43. Roger Mills County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 190
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 33.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.4%
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#42. Dewey County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 280
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 88.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 12.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 13.3%
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#41. Jackson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,310
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 70.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.2%

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#40. Pottawatomie County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,590
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 31.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.2%
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#39. Pawnee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 20.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 820
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 78.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 22.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.9%
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#38. Nowata County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 500
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.9%
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#37. Cotton County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 290
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 31.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.1%
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#36. Carter County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,610
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 66.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 34.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.2%

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#35. Stephens County

- Child food insecurity rate: 21.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,210
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 73.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.3%
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#34. Murray County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 720
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 70.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 30.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.0%
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#33. Bryan County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,400
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 78.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 22.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.6%
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#32. Caddo County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,670
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 83.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 17.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.2%
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#31. Comanche County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 6,560
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 63.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 37.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.3%

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#30. Tillman County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 400
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 15.0%
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#29. Greer County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 270
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 87.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 13.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.8%
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#28. Osage County

- Child food insecurity rate: 22.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,390
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 68.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 32.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 14.2%
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#27. Marshall County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 900
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 80.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 20.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.6%
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#26. Cherokee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,550
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.2%

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#25. Mayes County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,280
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.8%
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#24. Pittsburg County

- Child food insecurity rate: 23.8%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,340
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 71.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 29.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.0%
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#23. Kay County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,660
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.6%
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#22. Craig County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 770
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 84.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 17.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.3%
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#21. Muskogee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 24.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 4,130
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 73.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 27.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 16.7%

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#20. Ottawa County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,970
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.4%
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#19. Hughes County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 760
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.5%
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#18. Atoka County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.7%
--- Number of food insecure children: 800
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.8%
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#17. Haskell County

- Child food insecurity rate: 25.9%
--- Number of food insecure children: 790
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.3%
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#16. Okmulgee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,400
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 75.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 25.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.3%

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#15. Kiowa County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 550
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.1%
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#14. Le Flore County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 3,190
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.1%
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#13. Seminole County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,640
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 80.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 20.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.5%
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#12. Delaware County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,290
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 78.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 22.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.2%
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#11. Sequoyah County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,620
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 77.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 23.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.2%

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#10. Coal County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 370
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.6%
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#9. Jefferson County

- Child food insecurity rate: 26.6%
--- Number of food insecure children: 400
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 83.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 18.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 17.7%
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#8. Okfuskee County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.2%
--- Number of food insecure children: 760
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 85.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 15.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.1%
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#7. McCurtain County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.3%
--- Number of food insecure children: 2,300
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 74.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 26.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.7%
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#6. Pushmataha County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 680
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 85.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 15.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 19.2%

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#5. Johnston County

- Child food insecurity rate: 27.5%
--- Number of food insecure children: 720
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 81.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.0%
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#4. Latimer County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 630
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.7%
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#3. Adair County

- Child food insecurity rate: 28.4%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,700
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 82.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 19.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.2%
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#2. McIntosh County

- Child food insecurity rate: 29.1%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,160
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 76.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 24.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 18.9%
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#1. Choctaw County

- Child food insecurity rate: 30.0%
--- Number of food insecure children: 1,080
- Percentage of children in households with income below 185% FPL: 69.0%
- Percentage of children in households with income above 185% FPL: 31.0%
- Overall food insecurity rate: 20.6%

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