National Report Ranked Well Being of Children in All 50 States
A national report released Wednesday that ranked the well being of children in all 50 states showed limited improvement in Michigan and placed the state at No. 33, in the bottom half of the nation in every aspect that it measured.
Michigan ranked No. 33, trailing five other Midwest states, which included Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the annual report, "Kids Count Data Book" compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, raised questions about why Michigan is lagging and concerns that the upcoming census in 2020 will undercount the number of impoverished Michiganders.
Among the findings, 1 in 5 kids in Michigan lives in poverty. Michigan ranked No. 44 for kids living in communities with concentrations of poverty, or one of the worst six states in the nation.