Report: State child poverty up, teen deaths down

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan ranks in the bottom half of the country when it comes to overall child well-being.

That is according to the annual Kids Count survey. It finds child poverty rates rising during 25 years of data-gathering while fewer teens are giving birth or dying.

The report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says Michigan ranks 32nd in overall child well-being nationally, down one slot since last year.

The report ranks states on 16 indicators, including education, health and economic security.

Michigan's lowest ranking was in education.

According to the report, a staggering 70-percent of Michigan eighth graders are not proficient in math and nearly a quarter are not graduating on time.

The report breaks down the numbers by county and category as well.

Calhoun County fared worse than Kalamazoo(66.4%) and Kent(62.5%) counties, with 71% of kids not math proficient.

Most West Michigan counties also scored several percentage points worse than the state average for graduation rates.
(Calhoun 26.9%, Kalamazoo 24.7%, Kent 24.1%)

Despite some of those difficulties, the report found Michigan has seen significant improvements in certain areas, including more kids going to preschool and fewer teen births.

If you want to check out the full report for the county you live in, you can access the report by clicking HERE