Annual Kids Count report says 1 in 5 Michigan children living in poverty

Annual Kids Count report released Tuesday

MICHIGAN - The latest Annual Kids Count Report is out this morning. Michigan ranks 33rd overall when it comes to childhood well being.

Researchers look at factors such as health and safety, economic security, education, family dynamics and community.

According to the report, which can be found here,  22 percent, that's about one in five, Michigan children are living in poverty. Those numbers are based on 2015 data released on Tuesday, April 18.

Ottawa County ranked among the top three in the state for childhood well being. Kent County ranked 26th. The executive director for the Michigan League for Public Policy, Alicia Guevara Warren, released a statement saying:

"No Michigan child should be experiencing poverty, hunger, abuse or neglect, regardless of where they are born and grow up, their race or ethnicity, or their family's economic standing."

The report indicates that 47 percent African American children and 30 percent of Latino kids children are living in poverty. Those numbers are compared to 15 percent of Caucasian children.

It also says about 28 percent of Michigan children living in poverty, are from rural counties, 24 percent from midsize counties and 22 percent from urban counties.

In her statement, Warren said, "Just as past policies and practices have created these disparities, using a racial equity lens and a two-generation approach to develop policy solutions can help resolve them.

"In order to have a vibrant state for us all, lawmakers need to make sure all kids in Michigan thrive."

A breakdown of Michigan counties can be found here.

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