Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


  • Community name: Oklahoma City
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  • Population: 569,999 people
  • Graduation rate: 71.8 percent
  • Youth poverty rate: 25.3 percent 


This is Oklahoma City’s fifth time on the 100 Best Communities for Young People list. Oklahoma City’s variety of programs to help build the character, well-being and academic achievement of its young people continue to make it an example for other communities. Among its many initiatives is the Metropolitan Area Projects for Kids program, which aims to have more than 70 new and renovated schools by the end of 2012. The Leadership Oklahoma City’s Youth in Action program and Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL) initiative works to help young adults living on their own graduate high school. All 37 SKIL students graduated high school in 2011, and 20 of them will be attending college in the fall.

Community Programs

Youth Voices

Youth Council has proven to be one of the best experiences I had in my high school years. I know about my City, how to be involved, and understand that I have a voice which will be heard by elected leaders of the City.