2017 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

Michigan is lagging in nearly every aspect of child well-being, with a particularly alarming performance in education, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

2017KCDB_badge1_400pxIn the 2017 Data Book, Michigan was given the following national rankings:

  • 31st in economic well-being. On par with the national average, 7 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds are not attending school or working.
  • 41st in education. Seventy-one percent of eighth graders are performing below proficiency in math and 71 percent of fourth graders are reading below proficiency.
  • 29th in family and community. Since 2009, the percentage of children living in high-poverty areas has remained unchanged at 17 percent.
  • 17th in health. A bright spot for Michigan is the percentage of children with health insurance. Just 3 percent of Michigan children lack coverage, an improvement on the national average of 5 percent.

Overall, Michigan ranked 32nd in child well-being in the 2017 Data Book, finishing behind all other Great Lakes states: Minnesota (4th), Wisconsin (12th), Illinois (19th), Ohio (24th) and Indiana (28th).

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Find more state and community-level data by going to KIDS COUNT data center.



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