OH tops WV and KY in Children's Well-being

The rate of OH children living in poverty rose 3% between 2000 and 2005.

The good news is teen birth rates and high school dropouts continue to drop in Ohio.

Teen birth rate dropped from 46 to 38 for every 1,000. The percentage of high school drop outs was almost cut by half. In 200, the figure was 10%. The latest figures show it's now 6%.

More than 30 percent of all OH children live in single parent families.
That percentage is right on line with the national average!

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

Here's a look at the top 10. Minnesota, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Utah, Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa, North Dakota, New Jersey and Nebraska.

The Anne E. Casey foundation has released the results of the "Kids Count" data book annually for the past 18 years.

"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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