Children are worse off in Rhode Island than in the rest of New England. But there are some bright spots in an annual report about kids’ well-being.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, with help from local Kids Count organizations like Rhode Island’s, puts out an annual “data book” on kids’ well being in all 50 states. The report tracks improvements and declines in several areas of kids’ lives, including their economic, health, and educational status. This year, like last year, Rhode Island ranks 26th overall. Here’s one reason why: overall, nearly 20 percent of the state’s children live in poverty, up several points from five years ago. For Hispanic kids, the rate is more than 40 percent. But Rhode Island is doing relatively well – and better than five years ago – when it comes to the percentage of kids who have health insurance. Only five percent lack it, better than the national average of seven percent.
Want to learn more?
- Read Rhode Island's 2014 Kids Count Profile here.
- Slice and dice the data yourself here.
- Read the national report here.