The 2013 Kids Count Data Book has been released, shedding light on child well-being nationally and state-by-state. Michigan ranked 31-st in the country in overall child well-being.
That's a slight improvement from our ranking of 32nd back in 2012. But the news isn't all good. The report revealed that more children in the US are living in poverty. In 2011, 25% of children in the state of Michigan were living in poverty. That's a bit higher than the the national rate of 23%. According to the report, Michigan's economic well-being rank stayed the same from 2012 to 2013, with a place of 36th in the country. The state's education ranking improved. Michigan now ranks 33rd in the country, up from 32nd in 2012. Michigan ranks significantly higher in children's health than in other categories of child well-being, but the state's ranking dropped slighlty in 2013. To view the full 56 page report you can visit kidscount.org. Of the 29 economically developed countries evaluated, the US ranks 26th.