Nebraska ranks 9th nationally in the 2010 Kids Count data book. This is a state by state study on the well being of America’s children. Melissa Breazile is the research coordinator for Voices for Children and among all 50 states, Nebraska tied for first in two categories.
“The lowest percentage of idle teens in the nation. We tied for first in terms of kids living within income secure families.”
Nebraska ranked among the top 10 regarding three other measures.
“We ranked in 4th in the percentage of teens that are not enrolled in school and are not high school drop-outs.”
Nebraska ranked sixth in the percentage of children in single parent families and 10th in the child poverty rate.
Breazile says while these improvements are good, Nebraska’s infant mortality rate plunged.
“We were ranked 25 nationally, right in the middle, in terms of infant mortality rate. Last year we were ranked 10th.”
Breazile says after a long decline in the teen birth rate, that number is now on the rise.
“We could see an increase in the teen birth rate from 2006 to 2007 from 33 to 36.”
Nebraska ranks number nine nationally in the state-by-state study. This represents a two-point increase in the ranking since 2009.