The 2018 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been made public and gives key indicators for America’s children. Important data can be found by race and Hispanic Origin. The results for multiracial children has both good news and bad news, as do most races and ethnicities. In the charts and graphics, Casey referred to us as “Two or More Races,” (the Census Bureau wording), but in the narrative that accompanied them, reference was to “multiracial” children. Below are several key data findings.


Children in poverty: 20%. The national average is 19%.Those groups higher than the multiracial category were African American, American Indian, and Latino.


Fourth graders not proficient in reading: 60%. The national average is 65%.


Low birth-weight babies: 8.7%. The national average is 8.2%. The group with a higher rate of low birth-weight babies was African American at 13.2%.


Children living in high-poverty areas: 11%. The national average is 13% with African American and American Indian both at 30%.


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