2022 Tulsa Equality Score: 42.63 out of 100

Measuring progress towards greater equality in the City of Tulsa

Editor’s Note

After an initial release, the 2022 Equality Indicators report scores have been updated to reflect more accurate figures regarding indicators 28, juvenile arrest rates by race, and 29, adult arrest rates by race. These updates change the overall Justice theme score from 35.11 to 33.78 and the Topic 1: Arrests score from 44.67 to 40.67. These changes impact the City’s overall Equality Indicator score, which decreased from 42.85 to 42.63.

The changes in rates, ratios and scores are a result of updating the American Community Survey (ACS) table from which the White general population estimates for Tulsa were drawn for these two indicators. The updated ACS estimates for the White general population includes those of Hispanic ethnicity, while the previously used ACS estimates only included White individuals with non-Hispanic ethnicity. This revision aligns more closely with the criteria for inclusion in the White arrest counts received from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI).

Additionally, changes were made to the definitions on the following indicators:

Indicators 28, 29: Definition now clarifies the arrest rates are calculated from groups’ respective populations, as opposed to the population as a whole.

Indicators 31, 32: Definition now clarifies that the Tulsa Police Department employment rates are calculated from groups’ respective populations, as opposed to the population as a whole.

For indicators 28, 29, and 30 the OSBI definition of what constitutes an arrest has been appended to the footnote.

Tulsa Equality Indicators was initiated in 2017 by the City of Tulsa and Community Service Council as a tool to measure and track disparities among subgroups of Tulsans over time. Four years of quantitative data are now available to inform our city and community leaders about inequalities in opportunities and outcomes, and to guide public policy and innovative solutions that will lead to greater equity for all Tulsans.

Six Themes of Equality

These six themes serve as the foundation for the Tulsa Equality Indicators tool. Each of the six themes is divided into three topics consisting of three indicators—54 indicators in total. View the scores for each indicator >

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Equality Indicators Data for Action Learning Series

In 2021, the City of Tulsa and the Community Service Council launched the Equality Indicators Data for Action Learning Series, a set of community engagement sessions, newsletters and blog posts developed to encourage more in-depth community conversations around the data, share current efforts to address disparities in Tulsa, and equip Tulsa residents to use the report as an advocacy tool.

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Since the City of Tulsa released its first Equality Indicators report in 2018, the report has become a tool that Tulsans from every sector and part of the City use to advocate for change, focus resources, and drive decision making. This report is a consistent example of our city’s commitment to use data to inform our policies, practices and programs.

– Mayor GT Bynum, Tulsa Equality Indicators 2021 Annual Report