Hey Sooners—it's time to celebrate. Census figures released this week show that in 2006 Oklahoma ranked 48th in median household income.
That's right, cowboys and cowgirls, we come in just behind Alabama and just ahead of our neighbors in Arkansas, West Virginia, and poor (and we mean it literally) Mississippi.
Median income in 2006 was a whopping $38,770 in the Sooner state. (Poor Mississippi was way down at $34,473.)
On the bright side, the figures show that Oklahoma income was up 1.5 percent from 2005, so at least the trend is in the right direction.
Some other comparisons: Our friends in the Lone Star state do much better, coming in at number 32 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In Texas the median household income was $44,922.
Oklahoma was also well below Kansas, which came in at number 29 with a median income of $45,478. Even New Mexico outranked our state, coming in at number 42 with a median income of $40,629.
After all these depressing statistics, all we can say is, "Thank goodness for Mississippi!"