Na­tional ex­am­i­na­tion of kids’ well-be­ing puts Texas at No. 34

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO &STATE -

Texas ranked 34th na­tion­ally in a new study of chil­dren’s well-be­ing, the 2010 Kids Count Data Book. That’s the same rank­ing as last year but an im­prove­ment over the state’s low­est rank, 39th in 2006.

Ad­vo­cates for chil­dren noted that these mea­sures in­clude data from be­fore the na­tion­wide re­ces­sion in 2008 and said they sus­pect chil­dren are worse off now than the fig­ures show.

Here is a look at some se­lected in­di­ca­tors. To see all the data, visit http://dat­a­cen­ter.kid­scount.org/tx. Teen birth rate Texas: 64 births per 1,000 fe­males ages 15-19 U.S.: 43 births per 1,000 Notes: More than 54,000 ba­bies were born to Texas girls ages 15 to 19 in 2007, the most re­cent year avail­able. Though Texas im­proved in this area (the state’s rate was 7 per­cent lower than in 2000), the Lone Star State ranked 48th na­tion­ally, ahead of only New Mex­ico and Mis­sis­sippi. Per­cent­age of chil­dren liv­ing in poverty Texas: 23 per­cent U.S.: 18 per­cent Note: A fam­ily of two adults and two chil­dren was con­sid­ered poor if in­come was be­low $21,834 in 2008. In­fant mor­tal­ity rate Texas: 6.3 deaths per 1,000 live births U.S.: 6.7 deaths per 1,000 Notes: Data from 2007. Though Texas’ child and teen death rates im­proved be­tween 2000 and 2007, the in­fant mor­tal­ity rate did not. In 2007, more than 2,500 Texas ba­bies died be­fore turn­ing 1, al­most 500 more than in 2000. Teens not in school and not high school grad­u­ates Texas: 7 per­cent U.S.: 6 per­cent Notes: Data from 2008. Texas has showed im­prove­ment since that year, when 14 per­cent of teens ages 16 to 19 were not en­rolled in school and were not high school grad­u­ates.

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