2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Impact of Recession on Minnesota's Children

August 17, 2011

While Minnesota ranked second in the nation, the indicator that showed the largest change in MN since 2000 was child poverty, which increased 56% compared to 18% nationally. See MN Profile and Full Report.

According to data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Minnesota ranks second for the fourth year in a row in key indicators of child health and well-being.

The Data Book highlights child well-being in Minnesota including:

  • Improvements for the indicators child and teen deaths, infant mortality, and teens who are not in school and not high school graduates. The rate of children facing these risks has decreased since the beginning of the decade.
  • Declines in well-being for children born at low birth-weight, children living in poverty, and children living in single parent families. The percent of children for all of these indicators has increased since the beginning of the decade putting children’s well-being at greater risk.

“The indicator that experienced the largest change since the beginning of the decade is child poverty,” said Kara Arzamendia, Research Director for the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota. “Child poverty has increased 56 percent since 2000 compared to 18 percent nationwide.  Children living in poverty face all kinds of risks that affect their health, achievement, and overall well-being, which ultimately affect the well-being of our state. Unless we deal with the increases in child poverty, we cannot begin to address the other challenges represented in the data to promote the health and well-being of Minnesota’s children.”

According to data in the 22nd annual KIDS COUNT Data Book the economic and social gains for children that occurred across the 1990s stalled, even before the economic downturn began. Because of the tough economy in the last decade, earlier gains in fighting child poverty during the 1990s have been wiped out.

 In addition to the 10 key measures tracked in the Data Book, the KIDS COUNT Data Center provides easy, online access to the latest child well-being data on hundreds of indicators by state, county, city, and school district. It serves as a comprehensive source of information for policymakers, advocates, members of the media, and others concerned with addressing the needs of children, families, and communities. By visiting the Data Center, users can download the complete Data Book, and create interactive maps and graphs.

The new mobile site is being launched in conjunction with this year’s Data Book and can be accessed from smartphones, such as the Droid, BlackBerry, or iPhone.  

The KIDS COUNT Data Book with state-by-state rankings and supplemental data launched  August 17, 2011. County-level Minnesota KIDS COUNT data, and the Minnesota profile are also available.

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