This report — part of the KIDS COUNT Snapshot series — takes a quick look at what life is like for the 2 million children living in Mexico’s northern border region. It shares statistics on child well-being measures in a range of areas, including migration and safety, living conditions, family economic well-being, education, health and more. The goal? Jumpstart data-driven discussions and informed decision making to promote well-being within these unique communities. 

July 31, 2006

KIDS COUNT Data Snapshots

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The areas included in Mexico’s northern border.

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    The barriers, advantages and opportunities facing border children and their families.

  3. 3

    How border kids compare to their peers nationally in areas like education and health.

  4. 4

    Facts about Mexico-U.S. border crossings.

Key Takeaway

In terms of child well-being, Mexico’s border kids don’t always have the upper hand

Kids in Mexico’s northern border region fare better than their peers across the country on a number of counts. But border children also face critical challenges to child well-being in areas like police arrest rates, school dropout rates, teen birth rates and a higher presence of idle youth. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations