So how are children in Pennsylvania doing?
Overall, Pennsylvania ranks 23rd out of all 50 states for child well-being—a rank relative to the rest of the country based on these indicators:
• low birth weight babies
• infant mortality
• child deaths
• teen deaths
• teen births
• teens not in school and not graduated
• teens not attending school and not working
• children with parents without full-time year-round employment
• children living in poverty
• children living in single-parent homes
In comparison with the rest of the country, the evidence shows that children and teens in Pennsylvania are generally doing as well or better than children in the United States as a whole.
A smaller percentage of children in Pennsylvania live in poverty than do the same in the rest of the country. The rate of children living in crowded housing is less than half the national average, while 72% of Pennsylvanian children live in homes that are owned, not rented.
Teens and young adults in Pennsylvania are also doing better than most: over half of young adults are enrolled in college, while slightly fewer teens are overweight or obese. Unemployed teens make up 65% of their age group both in Pennsylvania and the US as a whole, and only 6% of teens in Pennsylvania are both not attending school and unemployed.
Teen mothers as well as the teen birth rate in Pennsylvania are fewer than the national average:
Check out this enormous database of statistics and information on children and young adults in Pennsylvania and the United States on the KIDS COUNT website.