The 2010 National Kids Count Data is in and Arkansas ranked 48 out of 50 states. The Kids Count Data Center ranks states every year according to a number of factors including education, drop out rate, teenage pregnancies, single moms, poverty and access to health care. Only Mississippi and Louisiana fared worse than Arkansas.
2010 Kids Count Data Results
Arkansas’s score is lower than last year by 1 point. The decrease in score is due largely to ranking at or near bottom in several key areas. When it comes to child poverty Arkansas ranked 48. The state is rock bottom – ranked 50 – for teens not in school and not working. Teenage pregnancies are rampant among Arkansas teens, as the state ranks 47. Clearly, Arkansas has a lot of work to do when it comes to improving the lives of children.
Arkansas Ranked 50th in High School Dropouts
The Kids Count survey shows that Arkansas teens are at risk. The statistics for teens out of school and not working indicate that there are a high number of high school drop outs who are unable to find work. This could be due to a lack of skills, education and training required to obtain gainful employment.
Arkansas Ranked 48th in Child Poverty
Arkansas ranks 48 out of 50 states when it comes to child poverty levels. The areas in Arkansas with the highest childhood poverty level are the Delta region and the entire southern portion of the state. The most recent statistics (2008) show a total of 479,140 Arkansans living below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Pulaski County, home to the state capitol Little Rock, has the highest number (60,677) of individuals living in poverty.
Arkansas Ranked 47th in Teenage Pregnancy
The teen pregnancy statistics are appalling. Health education in the public school system is obviously not working. Teenagers need accurate information about their bodies and sexuality in order to make responsible choices. Ranking 47th in teenage pregnancies indicates that Arkansas teenagers are not getting the information they need to make healthy choices regarding their sexual behavior.
The 2010 Kids Count rankings do not include Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because they are not states. According to the 2010 Data Book, improvements made in the 1990’s stalled just prior to the current economic downturn.
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