June 17, 2019
2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book Is Now Available
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its first KIDS COUNT® Data Book in 1990 and its 30th edition today. Considered together, these two publications tell a story of remarkable change — and growth.
America's child population has increased in size (from 64.2 million in 1990 to 73.7 million kids in 2017) and diversity (with kids of color jumping from 31% to 47% of all kids).
In 38 states, the percentage of children in immigrant families at least doubled; in 20 states it at least tripled; and in 12 states it at least quadrupled. Kids today are also twice as likely to have at least one immigrant parent (13% fit this statistic in 1990 versus 26% in 2017).
In addition to reviewing the nation's changing child population, the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book looks at trends in child well-being in recent years.
Six of the top 10 states in overall child well-being — including New Hampshire (1) and Massachusetts (2) — call the Northeast home, according to the 2019 Data Book.
States in Appalachia, the South and Southwest populate the bottom of this year's overall rankings. In fact, save for California and Alaska, these regions claim 18 of the lowest-ranked states, including Mississippi (48), Louisiana (49) and New Mexico (50).
To learn more, read or download the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book. In addition, the KIDS COUNT Data Center includes an interactive look at the Data Book.