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A Look at Family and Child Well-Being in Central Indiana

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. 

  • In Marion County, 32.2 % of kids live in poverty.
  • The average number of people in Marion County who receive food stamps increased by 37% between 2009 and 2012.
  • The number of families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dropped by 52% in Marion County from 2009 to 2012.
  • Teen birth rate dropped by 38% in Hendricks County between 2008-2011.
  • Number of child physical abuse cases substantiated by Department of Child Services declined in Hendricks County by 84% from 2009 to 2012.
  • Hancock County saw significant improvement in teen birth rate between 2008 and 2011. The rate per 1,000 females dropped by 23%.
  • Teen birth rate per 1,000 females dropped by 23% in Hancock County from 2008 to 2011.
  • Around 18% of mothers in Johnson County reported smoking during pregnancy. This is significantly higher than numbers reported for other Central Indiana counties.
  • In Hamilton County, juvenile delinquency case filings decreased by 53% from 2009 to 2012.

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.


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