Despite the fact there is enormous variation in state-level child well-being data, little research has been done to explain why. This study compares the social, economic and policy environments of the top-10 states (best child well-being) and the bottom-10 states (worst child well-being) relative to the rest of the states. Using several different methods, this study finds that states ranked among the 10 best or 10 worst with respect to overall child well-being have different demographic, socioeconomic and policy environments than those states ranking in the middle 30.

August 1, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    What national surveys impacted the improvement of the KIDS COUNT child well-being data.

  2. 2

    3 types of factors affecting state data variation.

  3. 3

    5 financial stability factors affected by state well-being policies.

  4. 4

    How adjusting for demographic differences changes the KIDS COUNT state rankings.

Key Takeaway

Knowing the national KIDS COUNT child well-being rate tells you very little about what is going on at the state level.

After adjustments, states with higher levels of health insurance coverage for adults tend to have better child outcomes.

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