2018 National Data Book

Michigan ranks in the bottom half of the nation in every aspect of child well-being according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state’s rankings have fallen or stagnated in areas of economic well-being, education, family and community and health. The possible undercount in the 2020 Census could short-change child well-being over the next decade by putting at risk hundreds of millions of dollars of federal funding for programs critical to family stability and opportunity.

In the 2018 Data Book, Michigan received the following national rankings:

  • 31st in economic well-being: 21 percent of Michigan kids live in poverty, which is higher than the national average of 19 percent.
  • 38th in education: 69 percent of eighth-graders are not proficient in math and 68 percent of fourth-graders are not proficient in reading. Math proficiency has stalled, and there has been 0 percent change in the percentage of kids graduating on time compared to 2009-2011
  • 25th in health: A bright spot for Michigan is the percentage of children with health insurance, due to in part to the state’s decision to expand Medicaid through Healthy Michigan. Currently, only 3 percent of children in Michigan are without health insurance, but that is now threatened by irresponsible legislation around work requirements.
  • 30th in family and community: 17 percent of kids live in high-poverty areas, making Michigan one of the worst six states in the nation for that indicator (ranked 44th).

Overall, Michigan ranked 33rd in child well-being, finishing behind all other Great Lakes states: Minnesota (4th), Wisconsin (12th), Illinois (22nd), Ohio (25th) and Indiana (28th).

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