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This publication provides the objective data needed to track and monitor the well-being of children in different types of American communities. It is part of the ongoing work of the Casey Foundation -- advanced primarily through our KIDS COUNT initiative -- designed to give policymakers data that can help them better understand how conditions of families in their communities stack up against those in other communities across the country. Objective, scientific data provide the best foundation for informed debate and sound policy decisions. This special edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book, was produced in an effort to elevate the understanding and awareness of conditions faced by children in the largest cities and in rural communities. By providing a consistent, reliable set of child well-being indicators, readers are invited to compare child outcomes for types of communities within their state or compare communities of similar types across states. These kinds of comparisons are provocative, and hopefully, they will lead to improved outcomes for kids and families regardless of where they live. Ultimately, disadvantaged kids in America would be better served by emphasizing the similarities in their plight, rather than stressing the differences. Appended are: (1) Rural Areas of States Ranked by Indicator; and (2) 50 Largest Cities Ranked by Indicator. Also included are: Definitions and Data Sources; and Primary Contacts for State KIDS COUNT Projects. [Data for this report compiled by Population Reference Bureau.]

Descriptors: Social Indicators, Children, Well Being, Urban Areas, Rural Areas, Child Welfare, Disadvantaged Youth, Poverty, Racial Differences, Employed Parents, Family Structure, Dropouts, Limited English Speaking

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Attn: KIDS COUNT, 701 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-223-2890; Web site:

Autor: Annie E. Casey Foundation


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