New census figures indicate the median household income in Oklahoma remained stable last year despite a nationwide decline, but that the state's income levels remain far below the national average.
Oklahoma's median household income stayed about $43,000 from 2010 to 2011 while median household income nationwide fell by 1.3 percent to $50,500.
Oklahoma's ranking among states dropped from 45th to 42nd during the year, according to the report.
The findings, released Thursday, are from the 2011 American Community Survey, a function of the U.S. Census Bureau that measures annual statistical changes in 40 different population, housing and economic categories.
The report also indicates the percentage of Oklahomans below the poverty level increased slightly during the survey period, from 16.9 percent to 17.2 percent, but that health insurance coverage for young adults increased from 61.7 percent to 64.9 percent from 2009 to 2011.