Economic Opportunity theme score of 37.78 is nearly equal to the baseline score of 37.22 from 2018’s report, and it remains in the position of second lowest scoring theme. Many initiatives to boost economic growth in under-resourced neighborhoods have been put in place in recent years. However, there clearly remains much work to be done in Tulsa to achieve equality in the area of economic opportunity.

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Economic opportunity is about the presence or absence of opportunities and barriers that affect an individual’s ability to realize economic sufficiency and stability. A multitude of interconnected factors impact an individual’s ability to achieve economic well-being, including many that are beyond the individual’s control. Some of these factors are:

    • Availability of jobs paying living wage

    • Access to non-predatory lending establishments

    • Income inequality

    • Wealth inequality

    • Minimum wage standards

    • Economic status of personal and professional networks.

An equal set of opportunities to succeed economically does not present itself to all people, nor do all people face the same barriers to economic success.

Disparities in opportunities and barriers to economic success, along with the resulting disparities in outcomes are explored throughout the indicators of the Economic Opportunity theme.

THE BELOW INTERACTIVE GRAPHS display five years of Tulsa Equality Indicator scores, divided into the three Topics for this Theme, and three Indicators for each Topic. The lines represent each Indicators’ scores for five years, allowing the viewer to observe how each score has changed over time and to compare the scores of different Indicators within a Theme.  More on how we measure equality >

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