More Hoosier Children Living In Poverty

Posted On July 25, 2012

(Undated) – More and more Hoosier children are living below the poverty line. 


That’s the finding of the 2012 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which tracks the well-being of American children. Its rankings are based on 16 indicators including poverty, economic well-being, family and community, education, and health. 


The report shows 22 percent of kids and teens were living in poverty in 2010.  That’s up from 19 percent in 2005. 


Ohio ranked 27th, Indiana was 31st, and Kentucky 35th in the report. New Hampshire was at the top of the list while Mississippi ranked last.


In Indiana, child poverty has risen from 17 percent in 2005 to 22 percent in 2010. The number of Hoosier children in a single-parent family rose from 30 percent to 35 percent in those five years.


Indiana has shown improvements in childhood education. The number of 4th graders not proficient in reading declined from 70 percent to 67 percent between 2005 and 2011. Eighth graders not proficient in math declined from 70 to 66 percent.


There’s good news though. Nationally, the report shows a three percent rise in the number of kids graduating from high school on time since 2005.  There has also been a six percent rise in the number of 8th graders who are proficient in math. 


The report also shows fewer children are living without health insurance and fewer teens are dependent on drugs or alcohol.


The 2012 Kids Count Data Book can be viewed online at http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Publications.aspx?pubguid={68E8B294-EDCD-444D-85E4-D1C1576830FF}.