Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Kids Count ranks Kentucky 41st (again)

The new edition of Kids Count has just come out ranking Kentucky 41st among the states based on 2007 data. Overall, that's no progress from 2006, but there is movement in many of the indicators that go into the rankings.

Compared to 2000 data, we lost ground on babies with low birthweight, infant mortality, children living in poverty, children living in single-parent families, and children living in hopes here no parent has full-time, year-round employment.

We made progress compared to 200o on the child death rate, the teen death rate, the percent of teens who are high school dropouts, and the percent of teens who are not in school and not working, while seeing no change in the teen birth rate.

You can download the full data book or explore these and other indicators here, or take a look at below at the Kentucky and national key indicators. Pink marks indicators where we lost ground and green where we made some progress.

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