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July 25th, 2012 By German Lopez | News | Posted In: Poverty, Economy, News

Report: Nearly 1 in 4 Ohio Children in Poverty

Ohio has 16th highest rate in U.S.

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The 2012 Kids Count report, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has found 23 percent of Ohio children lived in poverty in 2010, barely higher than the national average of 22 percent. Overall, Ohio was No. 35 in terms of poverty with New Hampshire at No. 1 with only 10 percent of children in poverty.

The report puts Ohio ahead of neighbor Kentucky, which had 26 percent of children in poverty, and Mississippi, which was the worst-faring state with 33 percent of children in poverty. However, Ohio was barely behind neighbor Indiana, which had 22 percent of children in poverty.


The report placed Ohio at No. 27 in its overall rank, which measures economic well-being, education, health care and “family and community” of children in the United States.


There were some bright spots for Ohio in the report. Ohio was No. 18 in terms of education and No. 24 in terms of health.


Overall, the report had some good and bad news for U.S. children and their parents. It found the poverty rate for children increased by 16 percent between 2005 and 2010, and children living in high-poverty areas increased by 22 percent between 2000 and 2006 to 2010. However, the report found that the number of children without health insurance dropped by 20 percent between 2008 and 2010, and the amount of eighth graders not proficient in math dropped by 8 percent between 2005 and 2011.


The report comes at a time in which children’s health and economic well-being have already taken the center stage in Cincinnati. The Children’s Defense Fund has been hosting its first national conference since 2003 in the city this week. The conference has been looking at children’s issues, including poverty and health care. Today, Trayvon Martin’s parents are attending the conference to discuss violence and racial issues in the United States.


For all the data and the full report, go to datacenter.kidscount.org.

 
 
07.25.2012 at 12:40 Reply

CityLink Center will help!  Can't wait to be an active volunteer.

 

08.02.2012 at 01:37 Reply

People are taking notice though. Look at the efforts of some of our local businesses, Frame USA for instance does a huge fill the truck campaign every December. It takes community contribution too, though. We all have to work together to set the economy straight.

 

 
 
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