Kentucky stands as one of the bottom fifteen states in the nation for overall child well-being with a rank of 35, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today. Kentucky children have experienced setbacks due to financial instability, but have made gains in the education and health areas.
The 2012 Data Book features an updated child well-being index that provides an even more robust and comprehensive portrait of how children fare both nationwide and in Kentucky. It ranks states on overall child well-being based on 16 different indicators — a change from the previous 10 indicators. The 16 indicators are organized into four domains: Economic Well-Being, Family and Community, Education, and Health. The report also ranks states in each of these areas.
Kentucky ranks 37th in economic well-being, 28th in education, 25th in health, and 38th in family and community context. Click the image below to see the interactive data wheel.