22 percent of Michigan children in poverty in 2015

Lawrence Kim
June 13, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — An annual report says the economic well-being of children living in IN is better than that of kids in neighboring states. New Hampshire was ranked first, followed by MA and Vermont. Examining data between 2010 and 2015, researchers looked at 16 indicators broken into four categories - the status of the children's family and community, economic well-being, education and health.

About 680,000 Texas children, or 9 percent of the youth population, lack health insurance. Twenty-one percent of youngsters nationwide live in poverty. "Those are all numbers that could be improved if the state made children a focus of their policymaking". But the state fared worse in some ways, including lagging test scores in math and fewer preschool-aged students attending school. Over the same time frame, children with a head of household without a high school diploma decreased 14 percent, and children living in poverty dropped 8 percent. MS was ranked last.

It also says about 32 percent of MI children lived in households were parents lacked secure employment.

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