The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia andPuerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains:
- economic well-being
- family and community
For 2014, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa; the three lowest-ranked were Nevada, New Mexico, and Mississippi. The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics.
The 2014 Data Book is the 25th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s signature publication. As such, the report also examines trends in child well-being since 1990, the year of the first report. It highlights positive policies and practices that have improved child health and development and features stories from several states on advocacy efforts that have improved outcomes for kids and families.
For the complete report or to find reports relating to a specific state, visit 2014 Kids Count Data Book.