The 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book from The Annie E. Casey Foundation is now available. The 2019 report offers a state-by-state comparison of overall child well-being using data on 16 indicators.
Among top-level findings: children in the United States had a better chance at thriving in 2017 than in 1990 — with improvements in 11 of the 16 KIDS COUNT measures of child well-being — but racial and ethnic disparities persisted. For example, while the nation’s child poverty rate dropped four percentage points to 18% in 2017, the poverty rate for African-American and American Indian kids remains substantially higher — at 33%.
Illinois-specific findings: the child poverty rate in Illinois remained unchanged from 1990 to 2017, at 17 percent. However, in 2017 black children live in poverty at a rate of 37 percent, while Latinx children experienced a poverty rate of 20 percent and white children had a poverty rate of 10 percent.
Illinois’ overall rank of 23rd among the 50 states is similar to last year’s ranking (22nd).