KY Ranks 40th In Children's Well-being

Here's a look at findings about Kentucky in the 2007 Kids Count report:

From 2000 to 2004, the state's infant mortality rate dropped by 6 percent, from 7.2 deaths per 1,000 live births to 6.8. That outpaced the gain nationally during the period, when the rate fell to 6.8 deaths per live births from 6.9, after decades of steady improvement.

The state made no progress from 2000 to 2005 in reducing the rate of its children living in poverty, with the number static at 22 percent.

A disturbing trend is the increase in the teen death rate. It rose from 82 to 95 in a four year period

The percentage high school dropouts has improved, slightly, from 10 percent to 9 percent.

More than 30 percent of all KY children live in single parent families.
That percentage closely mimics the national average.

KY's ranking is 40th, West Virginia ranked 44th and Ohio ranked 28th.
The state that tops the ranking list is Minnesota.

"KIDSCOUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It's goal is to enrich local, state and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children."

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