Well-Being Report Ranks Arkansas at 41 in Child Poverty

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 12:00 am  

Source: The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The poverty rate among children in Arkansas rose to 29 percent in 2012, up from 25 percent in 2005, according to the “Kids Count Data Book,” an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The state improved, however, in the categories of health coverage and education. In 2008, for example, 9 percent of Arkansas children didn’t have health insurance. In 2012, that rate had fallen to 6 percent.

“Arkansas improved in every health category measured by the Casey Foundation,” the nonprofit Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families said last week in a statement about the foundation’s report.

Overall, Arkansas ranked 41 based on the four categories the foundation examines: economic well-being, family and community, education, and health.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, based in Baltimore, produces the “Kids Count Data Book” annually. The report measures child well-being in the U.S., including Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The foundation works to improve the lives of America’s children and their families. More about the report and Arkansas can be found at AECF.org.

 

 

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