The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released the 2013 KIDS COUNT data book, an annual report that provides national and state-by-state information about the well-being of children, youth, and their families.
The new data show an overall improvement in Indiana’s children’s health, but it is clear from the report that the state is still struggling with high rates of child poverty.
Compared to other states, Indiana ranks 26th in economic well-being, 34th in education, 21st in health (up 13 spots since last year), and 30th in family and community. 2013 ranking shows a 20 percent decrease in the rate of child and teen deaths from 2005 to 2010, and also a drop by four percent in the percentage of babies born with a low birthweight during the same years.
Here are just a few statistics that highlight areas in Central Indiana with either considerable improvement or significant decline.
These are just a few of the many (good and bad) statistics reported in the 2013 Data Book. To learn more about how your county stacks up, read the full report here.