Kids count, but not so much in Mich.

Although there have been some improvements, Michigan falls below the middle in a recent national report of children's welfare.
Krystle Wagner
Jun 29, 2013


In a National Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, states were ranked in four categories — economic well-being, education, health and family, and community.

Michigan ranked 31st overall.

New Hampshire topped the list and New Mexico was 50th.

Nationally, the economic well-being for children improved slightly from 2010 to 2011 when 16.4 million children lived in poverty.

In a Kids Count report released in May, Ottawa County ranked fourth best in the state for maternal and infant well-being.

Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO for the Michigan League for Public Policy, said there is a focus on the state’s economic recovery, but the report shows not all families are sharing in the recovery.

Based on the report, about 350,000 Michigan kids live in neighborhoods where more than 30 percent of residents live on income below the poverty level, which is $22,811 for a family of four.

“Low-income families are struggling with less help from state services,” Jacobs said.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

CLICK HERE to see the full 2013 Kids Count Data Book.


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