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OK Child Well-being
Veterans in Rural Areas

Issue: #460

January 30, 2017  

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The Census Information Center of Eastern Oklahoma provides access to data generated from the US Census Bureau and through the Community Service Council's Data and Systems Development Task Forces. 

Kids Count   

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA), in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, released the Oklahoma KIDS COUNT profile measuring child well-being in Oklahoma.  Oklahoma now ranks 37th among U.S. states for overall child well-being, up from 39th one year ago. The ranking is based on scores in four categories: Economic Well-being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.    
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Nearly One-Quarter of Veterans Live in Rural Areas   

About 5 million (24.1 percent) U.S. veterans 18 years and older lived in areas designated as rural between 2011 and 2015, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The report found that when considering demographic and economic characteristics, rural veterans were similar to urban veterans except for their median household income and employment rates.

Rural veterans had median household incomes more similar to those of rural nonveterans than urban veterans ($53,554 compared with $52,161 and $59,674, respectively). The poverty rate for all rural veterans was 6.9 percent. This rate increased by level of rurality, to a high of 8.6 percent for veterans in completely rural counties. Level of rurality is based on the percentage of the county population living in rural areas.
Working-age rural veterans (18 to 64 years old) had an employment rate of 66.0 percent, lower than rural nonveterans and urban veterans (67.7 percent and 70.7 percent, respectively). The employment rate of rural veterans decreased as the level of rurality increased. Employed rural veterans, however, were more likely to work full time and year-round than rural nonveterans (81.6 percent compared with 71.5 percent).

These findings are from the Census Bureau's  Veterans in Rural America   report that uses American Community Survey 5-year statistics. The Census Bureau released these statistics which are available for all geographic areas regardless of population size, down to the block-group level.
Other Highlights:
  • Just under half of all rural veterans lived in the South (45.9 percent), followed by 26.4 percent in the Midwest, 14.1 percent in the West, and 13.7 percent in the Northeast.
  • The median age of rural veterans was about 15 years higher than rural nonveterans and 2 years higher than urban veterans, and their age increased as the level of rurality increased. Rural veterans living in counties that were completely rural were the oldest, with a median age of 66.
Health Insurance
  • During the 2011-2015 period, 5.2 percent of all rural veterans and 15.4 percent of all rural nonveterans were not covered by any type of health insurance plan. Of the rural veterans who had health insurance during this period, 30.3 percent had private insurance only, 24.6 percent had public insurance only, and the remainder (45.1 percent) had a combination of private and public insurance.


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Until Next Week,
Jan Figart 
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