Georgia Ranks 42nd in the Nation for Child Well-being in 2014 KIDS COUNT Book


Georgia is ranked 42nd in the nation for child well-being in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which the Annie E. Casey Foundation released today. Georgia improved by one spot over its 2013 ranking.

Georgians are still struggling to gain economic security. The rate of children living in poverty increased by 35 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the number of children living in single-parent families and families with a high housing cost burden have also increased.

The good news is that Georgia’s high-school graduation rate, and fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math proficiency all have improved markedly between 2005 and 2012. With recent investments in high-quality early learning and grade-level reading, Georgia is poised to continue making gains in education.

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