The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states. The 2013 report calculates a composite index of overall child well-being for each state derived from 16 key indicators grouped into four domains that capture what children need to thrive: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. For 2013, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts; the three lowest ranked were Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico. The report also provides national trends, comparing recent data with data from mid-decade. The findings indicate that child health and education improved despite the recession, but economic and family/community well-being declined, with an increase in child poverty, insecure employment among parents and more children and families living in high-poverty neighborhoods.

June 24, 2013

KIDS COUNT Data Book Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    National trends in child well-being, comparing how children were faring before the economic crisis to how they are faring in its aftermath.

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    State rankings on overall child well-being on four major domains (economic, education, health, and family and community) and on 16 individual indicators.

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    Data on how child well-being varies by race/ethnicity and for young children.

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    Information about how to access national and state profiles and additional data on child well-being at the KIDS COUNT Data Center,

Key Takeaway

Key Takeaways

Children continue to make progress in the areas of health and education: for example, the proportion of children without health insurance decreased from 10% to 7% in three years; the teen birth rate dropped to a historic low; and the rate of high school students not graduating on time declined from 27% to 22% over five years.

The economic well-being of children and families continues to lag in the aftermath of the recession. The child poverty rate for 2011 was 23%, up from 19% in 2005. The percent of children whose parents lacked full-time, year-round employment increased from 27% to 32% between 2008 and 2011. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations