Rankings 2014

oklahoma

Education:

41st

Economy:

20th

Safety:

48th

Environment:

40th

Health:

45th

Infrastructure:

16th

Government:

4th

Results Champion?: YES

The Sooner State is tied for the 4th most efficient and effective state government in the US. It is one of the Results Champions. This and its program to give open data access to citizens are through the OKStateStat program. Additionally the state has a low debt-to-GDP ratio. The state also has low unemployment.

Despite a high performing state government, Oklahoma is not without issues. Overall education outcomes and public health measures are in the bottom 10 among states. Troubled measures include high infant mortality, obesity, smoking rates, and low quality of life. The state has comparatively low K-8 reading outcomes, SAT/ACT scores, and a low proportion of professional degrees in the population. Environment and public safety are also of concern.

Recommendations
Reforms in education and health should be Oklahoma’s top priority. With a government of such high performance, this state has the opportunity to leverage the government effectiveness to improve these measures. Education for example, is an excellent place for government to make change in their outcomes, as most of the students in Oklahoma already attend public institutions.