(WLNS) – Many Michigan kids are struggling, according to the newest Kids Count report released Tuesday.
The Kids Count survey ranks factors like education, health and poverty rates. While the state has improved in some areas, there is still a lot that needs to be done to make sure Michigan youth have a chance to succeed.
Results from the latest Kids Count survey show more Michigan children are slipping below the poverty line.
Michigan was ranked 33rd in the nation for child well-being; that is one spot lower than last year. The latest numbers show a quarter of kids in Michigan are living below the poverty line, which is slightly higher than in 2008 when a fifth of the state’s children were living in poverty.
Another notable figure– almost 400,000 Michigan children lived in high poverty neighborhoods between 2009 and 2013. However, Michigan saw less child deaths and fewer babies are being born with low birth weights. Teen substance abuse numbers were also down and more Michigan children are now covered by health insurance.
A high poverty area is an area where at least 40 percent of the population lives below the federal poverty threshold which is re-evaluated and released each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Right now the poverty line is $11,770 per year for one person and $24,250 for a family of four.
Kids Count Report – http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#MI/2/2702/2703,2704,2705