2020 National Data Book

The 2020 KIDS COUNT® Data Book shows that Michigan is ranked 32nd in the nation for child well-being.

Michigan’s best national rank in the four categories was 22nd in Health, and its lowest national rank is 40th in Education. The state ranks 30th in both Economic Well-Being and Family and Community. All of Michigan’s rankings were the same or worse than the 2019 Data Book rankings, although because of one health indicator in the index changed, direct year-to-year comparisons of the health or overall rankings are discouraged.

As always, the report is based on the latest available data for 16 key indicators. For the 2020 report, those data are 2018, so they do not reflect current conditions amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The Casey Foundation plans to explore the effects of the pandemic on child well-being in a future report but is releasing the annual Data Book as usual to ensure legislators and other policymakers, researchers and advocates for children have the information they are customarily able to access at this time of year.

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