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