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Where's the hardest place to live in Oklahoma?

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: June 30, 2014
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Southeast Oklahoma is one of the hardest regions to live in the nation, according to an analysis by the New York Times.

Overall, McCurtain County got the worst ranking among Oklahoma counties, ranking No. 2,890 out of 3,135 counties nationwide.

McCurtain County’s ranking was based, in part, on its unemployment rate of almost 9 percent and its low percentage of residents with at least bachelor’s degrees.

The New York Times’s Upshot analyzed the following to get the results:

The Upshot came to this conclusion by looking at six data points for each county in the United States: education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor’s degree), median household income, unemployment rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity. We then averaged each county’s relative rank in these categories to create an overall ranking.

Meanwhile, Canadian County is the least difficult place to live in Oklahoma, the analysis shows. The county has a low unemployment rate, a median income that’s $31,750 more than McCurtain County’s median income, and about one in four residents who have at least a bachelor’s degree.

Overall, the majority of counties in southeast Oklahoma performed poorly while the central and western regions of the state did better.

How did your county rank? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below this post.

You can read the full article here.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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