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The Latest KIDS COUNT Data Book Is Out

Annie E. Casey Foundation

The 25th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book, which shows trends in child well-being, was released recently, and the news is mixed.
The book includes 16 indicators of child well-being, including economics, education, health, and family. Data are gathered both nationally, and state-by-state, as well as for the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

The best states in which to be a child include Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa, and New Hampshire, among others. The worst include Arizona, Louisiana, and New Mexico.

In Connecticut, the number of children living in poverty has increased by 50% since 1990. The state ranked seventh overall for child well-being.

Nationwide, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition:

In 1990 just 28% of children lived in households with a housing cost burden, but by 2012 the figure had risen to 38%. This percentage has fallen slightly since the peak of the housing crisis in 2010 when 41% of children lived in households with a housing cost burden. In 2012, 51% of African American children and 50% of Hispanic children lived in households experiencing housing cost burden, compared to 29% of non-Hispanic white children.

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