Arizona continues to fare poorly in national child well-being scorecard

Despite making progress in most areas, Arizona remained mired at 46th among states for overall child well-being in the 2015 KidsCount report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The report said Arizona improved in 11 of 16 indicators it uses to measure child well-being, including standardized test scores, teen birth rate and all four health criteria: low-birthweight babies, teen deaths, substance-abuse rates and children without health insurance.

But those marginal improvements were not enough to keep pace with gains in other states, or to offset areas where Arizona dropped.
The KidsCount count

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KidsCount report compiles reams of data to generate 16 measures of the overall well-being of children in a state. Despite improvements in most areas, Arizona finished in 46th place overall for a second year. The state’s ranking by category, this year and last year:

Economic well-being

Children in homes with relatively high housing costs: 17th last year; 34th this year
Children in poverty: 42nd; 41st
Children whose parents lack secure employment: 37th; 29th
Teens not working or in school: 45th; 40th