June 23, 2016
RI Ranks 27th for Child Well-Being in New National Report
The 2016 annual national KIDS COUNT Data Book, a state-by-state report on children's well-being issued by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, finds that Rhode Island ranks 27th in the nation for overall child well-being (1st is best and 50th is worst), up from a ranking of 31st last year. Rhode Island was one of the "most improved" states in the nation for overall child well-being.

The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Profiles of Child Well-Being ranks states on key measures of child well-being and provides data on the economic, health, education, and social conditions of America's children and families.

Rankings were also issued for four key areas:

    • Health: Rhode Island ranks 6th best (an improvement from 12th in 2015) 
    • Education: Rhode Island ranks 25th (decrease from 24th in 2015) 
    • Family and Community: Rhode Island ranks 30th (improvement from 33rd in 2015) 
    • Economic Well-Being: Rhode Island ranks 34th (improvement from 36th in 2015)
For more information, please see the full Data Book, and Rhode Island data profile, as well as our press release and the Providence Business News coverage about the publication & findings.
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