Selected KIDS COUNT Indicators for County in Iowa

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Earned income tax credit (Percent)

Location Data Type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Iowa
Percent
15.3%
15.2%
15.4%
15.0%
14.8%
Clinton
Percent
18.0%
17.9%
18.1%
17.9%
17.4%
Location Data Type 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Iowa
Percent
15.3%
15.2%
15.4%
15.0%
14.8%
Clinton
Percent
18.0%
17.9%
18.1%
17.9%
17.4%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The earned income tax credit has increased 41 percent since 2000 and has risen in every county, some by more than 70 percent.
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Definitions: Percentage of individual income tax filers who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit

Data Source: Internal Revenue Service

Unemployment (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
5.2%
4.7%
4.4%
3.7%
3.7%
Clinton
Percent
6.0%
5.3%
5.5%
4.9%
5.0%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
5.2%
4.7%
4.4%
3.7%
3.7%
Clinton
Percent
6.0%
5.3%
5.5%
4.9%
5.0%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The unemployment rate has risen steadily since 2000 and has increased 42 percent since that time.  However, after reaching a high of 6.1 percent in 2010, it has fallen 39 percent since then.
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Definitions: Percentage of individuals age 16 and over who are in the labor force but unemployed during the year

Data Source: Iowa Workforce Development

Family investment program (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
1.3%
1.2%
1.0%
0.9%
0.8%
Clinton
Percent
2.0%
1.9%
1.4%
1.2%
1.1%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
1.3%
1.2%
1.0%
0.9%
0.8%
Clinton
Percent
2.0%
1.9%
1.4%
1.2%
1.1%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The percentage of individuals receiving financial assistance through the Family Investment Program has decreased 55 percent since 2000, with decreases being noted in all but two Iowa counties. 
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Definitions: Percentage of individuals receiving Family Investment Program financial assistance during the year

Data Source: Iowa Department of Human Services

Food assistance (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
13.4%
13.6%
13.0%
12.4%
12.1%
Clinton
Percent
18.4%
18.9%
18.5%
17.8%
17.2%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
13.4%
13.6%
13.0%
12.4%
12.1%
Clinton
Percent
18.4%
18.9%
18.5%
17.8%
17.2%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The percentage of individuals receiving financial assistance through the Food Assistance program has increased 184 percent since 2000, with increases in every county.  However, the rate has decreased 11 percent since 2013. 
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Definitions: Percentage of individuals receiving financial assistance for food during the year (nationally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP)

Data Source: Iowa Department of Human Services

Child poverty (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
16.1%
16.0%
15.5%
14.9%
14.6%
Clinton
Percent
20.3%
19.6%
18.3%
18.2%
18.3%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
16.1%
16.0%
15.5%
14.9%
14.6%
Clinton
Percent
20.3%
19.6%
18.3%
18.2%
18.3%
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Why This Indicator Matters

While child poverty has been rising steadily since 2000 and has increased 35 percent since that time, it has started to drop and has decreased 15 percent since 2011.
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Definitions: Percentage of children age 0-17 who live below the poverty level during the year

Data Source: United States Census Bureau

Preschool (Percent)

Location Data Type 2008 - 2012 2009 - 2013 2010 - 2014 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2016
Iowa
Percent
48.4%
47.7%
48.2%
48.3%
48.1%
Clinton
Percent
60.8%
59.3%
58.0%
59.8%
56.6%
Location Data Type 2008 - 2012 2009 - 2013 2010 - 2014 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2016
Iowa
Percent
48.4%
47.7%
48.2%
48.3%
48.1%
Clinton
Percent
60.8%
59.3%
58.0%
59.8%
56.6%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Preschool for children age three and four has risen eight percent since 2000, increasing in three-fourths of Iowa counties.  Unfortunately, it has leveled the past few years at around 48 percent.
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Definitions: Percentage of children age 3-4 enrolled in preschool

Data Source: United States Census Bureau

Free or reduced-price lunch eligibility (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
39.4%
40.3%
41.1%
41.0%
41.8%
Clinton
Percent
40.3%
41.7%
44.1%
43.8%
46.7%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
39.4%
40.3%
41.1%
41.0%
41.8%
Clinton
Percent
40.3%
41.7%
44.1%
43.8%
46.7%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunches has increased 58 percent since 2000.  Increases have been noted in every Iowa county, some more than doubling their rate during this time.
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Definitions: Percentage of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Footnotes: Year presented represents the end of the school year

High school graduation (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
89.3%
89.7%
90.6%
90.8%
91.4%
Clinton
Percent
86.0%
87.2%
89.4%
89.3%
91.0%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
89.3%
89.7%
90.6%
90.8%
91.4%
Clinton
Percent
86.0%
87.2%
89.4%
89.3%
91.0%
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Why This Indicator Matters

High school graduation has shown a modest gain since 2000, increasing three percent.  At the county level, 70 percent of the counties recorded increases during this time.
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Definitions: Percentage of public school students entering ninth grade who graduate with their class four years later

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Footnotes: Year presented represents the end of the school year

Student math test scores - 8th grade (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
73.3%
73.3%
76.3%
77.4%
76.1%
Clinton
Percent
68.1%
67.7%
75.8%
78.3%
68.8%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
73.3%
73.3%
76.3%
77.4%
76.1%
Clinton
Percent
68.1%
67.7%
75.8%
78.3%
68.8%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Eighth grade mathematics proficiency has seen a modest gain since 2000, increasing six percent during this time period.  At the county level, there have been increases in three-fourths of Iowa's counties.
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Definitions: Percentage of students who are proficient in math on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Alternate Assessment

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Footnotes: Year presented represents the end of the school year

Student reading test scores - 4th grade (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
73.5%
74.7%
75.9%
76.6%
75.6%
Clinton
Percent
75.5%
79.8%
79.7%
85.6%
80.8%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
73.5%
74.7%
75.9%
76.6%
75.6%
Clinton
Percent
75.5%
79.8%
79.7%
85.6%
80.8%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Fourth grade reading proficiency has stagnated since 2000, decreasing by one percent.  However, since 2012, there has been a three percent increase.
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Definitions: Percentage of students who are proficient in reading on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Alternate Assessment

Data Source: Iowa Department of Education

Footnotes: Year presented represents the end of the school year

Single parent families (Percent)

Location Data Type 2008 - 2012 2009 - 2013 2010 - 2014 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2016
Iowa
Percent
30.3%
31.0%
30.8%
31.2%
31.4%
Clinton
Percent
35.9%
37.3%
35.7%
37.4%
38.9%
Location Data Type 2008 - 2012 2009 - 2013 2010 - 2014 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2016
Iowa
Percent
30.3%
31.0%
30.8%
31.2%
31.4%
Clinton
Percent
35.9%
37.3%
35.7%
37.4%
38.9%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Single parent families has increased 26 percent since 2000, going from one in four families to one in three families.  It also has risen in all but three Iowa counties.
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Definitions: Percentage of families with children that are headed by a single parent

Data Source: United States Census Bureau

Low birth-weight (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
6.7%
6.6%
6.8%
6.8%
6.7%
Clinton
Percent
8.3%
8.2%
7.4%
7.5%
9.0%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
6.7%
6.6%
6.8%
6.8%
6.7%
Clinton
Percent
8.3%
8.2%
7.4%
7.5%
9.0%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Low birthweight has increased 10 percent since 2000.  However, the rate has remained relatively stagnant over the past fine years, hovering around 6.7 percent.
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Definitions: Percentage of live births weighing at less than 5.5 pounds at the time of birth

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Footnotes: NA - rate is not available as incidences of three or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality
* - rate is not available as incidences of five or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality

Prenatal care (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
84.0%
84.1%
83.9%
79.4%
78.7%
Clinton
Percent
84.1%
84.7%
83.1%
81.9%
80.1%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
84.0%
84.1%
83.9%
79.4%
78.7%
Clinton
Percent
84.1%
84.7%
83.1%
81.9%
80.1%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Prenatal care has increased 11 percent since 2007 and has risen in 85 percent of Iowa counties.  Recently, however, the rate peaked in 2011 and has fallen eight percent since then. 
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Definitions: Percentage of live births where the mother began prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Uninsured Children (Percent)

Location Data Type 2008 - 2012 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2016
Iowa
Percent
4.4%
3.9%
3.4%
Clinton
Percent
3.2%
1.8%
1.1%
Location Data Type 2008 - 2012 2011 - 2015 2012 - 2016
Iowa
Percent
4.4%
3.9%
3.4%
Clinton
Percent
3.2%
1.8%
1.1%
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Why This Indicator Matters

Iowa has one of the lowest percentages of uninsured children in the country.  The rate has fallen 22 percent in the past four years and has decreased in 60 percent of Iowa counties.
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Definitions: Percentage of children age 0-17 who are not covered by health insurance during the year

Data Source: United States Census Bureau

Infant mortality (per 1,000 live births) (Rate)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
5.3
4.2
4.8
3.7
6.1
Clinton
Rate
NA
*
*
*
*
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
5.3
4.2
4.8
3.7
6.1
Clinton
Rate
NA
*
*
*
*
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Why This Indicator Matters

Infant mortality has decreased three percent since 2000.  While the rate did decrease 41 percent from 2000 to 2015, it has increased 65 percent in the last year alone.
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Definitions: Rate of death of infants before age one

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Footnotes: NA - rate is not available as incidences of three or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality
* - rate is not available as incidences of five or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality

Child deaths (per 100,000 children, age 1-14) (Rate)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
17
15
17
16
18
Clinton
Rate
NA
*
0
*
*
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
17
15
17
16
18
Clinton
Rate
NA
*
0
*
*
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Why This Indicator Matters

The child death rate for children age 1-14 has decreased 14 percent in Iowa since 2000 to a rate of 18 deaths per 100,000 children.
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Definitions: Rate of death of children

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Footnotes: NA - rate is not available as incidences of three or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality
* - rate is not available as incidences of five or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality

Teen births (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
2.4%
2.2%
2.0%
1.6%
1.7%
Clinton
Percent
3.3%
3.0%
3.5%
2.6%
3.2%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
2.4%
2.2%
2.0%
1.6%
1.7%
Clinton
Percent
3.3%
3.0%
3.5%
2.6%
3.2%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The rate of teen births for females age 15-19 has been cut in half since 2000 to 1.7 percent, with a drop of almost 30 percent in the last four years alone. 
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Definitions: Percentage of females age 15-19 giving birth

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Footnotes: NA - rate is not available as incidences of three or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality
* - rate is not available as incidences of five or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality

Teen deaths (per 100,000 teens, age 15-19) (Rate)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
42
38
37
42
41
Clinton
Rate
125
0
*
*
*
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
42
38
37
42
41
Clinton
Rate
125
0
*
*
*
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Why This Indicator Matters

The teen death rate for teens age 15-19 has decreased 13 percent in Iowa since 2000 to a rate of 41 deaths per 100,000 teens. 
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Definitions: Rate of death of teens

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Footnotes: NA - rate is not available as incidences of three or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality
* - rate is not available as incidences of five or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality

Teen unmarried births (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
5.9%
5.2%
4.8%
3.8%
4.2%
Clinton
Percent
8.6%
8.2%
9.4%
6.3%
7.5%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
5.9%
5.2%
4.8%
3.8%
4.2%
Clinton
Percent
8.6%
8.2%
9.4%
6.3%
7.5%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The rate of teen unmarried births has dropped 50 percent since 2000 to 4.2 percent, with a decrease of 30 percent coming in the last four years.
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Definitions: Percentage of live births that are to unmarried teens

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Footnotes: NA - rate is not available as incidences of three or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality
* - rate is not available as incidences of five or less have been suppressed to protect confidentiality

Child immunization (Percent)

Location Data Type 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Iowa
Percent
91.4%
93.6%
94.3%
88.4%
72.8%
Clinton
Percent
90.6%
93.1%
98.4%
86.5%
77.9%
Location Data Type 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Iowa
Percent
91.4%
93.6%
94.3%
88.4%
72.8%
Clinton
Percent
90.6%
93.1%
98.4%
86.5%
77.9%
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Definitions: Percentage of assessments conducted at public sector clinics where the children were fully immunized at age 24 months

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Children receiving WIC (Percent)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
26.6%
25.5%
24.9%
24.3%
26.5%
Clinton
Percent
30.7%
28.1%
25.7%
23.7%
25.1%
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Percent
26.6%
25.5%
24.9%
24.3%
26.5%
Clinton
Percent
30.7%
28.1%
25.7%
23.7%
25.1%
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Why This Indicator Matters

The percentage of children receiving services through WIC has decreased six percent since 2003 and has dropped in over three-fourths of Iowa counties.  However, the rate has leveled the past five years at around 26 percent.
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Definitions: Percentage of children age 0-4 who are receiving services through the Women, Infants and Children Program

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Health

Child abuse and neglect (per 1,000 children, age 0-17) (Rate)

Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
16.1
17.0
10.2
11.4
12.2
Clinton
Rate
28.1
22.9
16.4
23.8
23.4
Location Data Type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Iowa
Rate
16.1
17.0
10.2
11.4
12.2
Clinton
Rate
28.1
22.9
16.4
23.8
23.4
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Why This Indicator Matters

New methodology for determining child abuse and neglect was introduced in 2014 and since that time the child abuse and neglect rate has increased 20 percent.
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Definitions: Rate of children who are confirmed to have been abused or neglected during the year

Data Source: Iowa Department of Human Services