Kids Count report shows some improvement for N.C. youth

Posted July 27, 2010 8:36 a.m. EDT
Updated July 27, 2010 5:28 p.m. EDT

A report on child well-being based on data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book shows North Carolina improving but still ranked near the bottom nationally.

The study looked at data as varied as End-of-Grade test scores, median family income, juvenile crime and unemployment rates for all 50 states to determine the rankings. Children in New Hampshire fared best, while Mississippi was at the bottom of the list. North Carolina ranked 37th.

Over the years studied, North Carolina held steady on indicators like the percentage of children in poverty and living in single-parent homes and homes where no parent has a full-time job.

The teen pregnancy rate and the rate of child abuse and neglect reports dipped slightly.