Hawaii ranks 25th out of 50 states when it comes to child well-being. That's according to the annual KIDS COUNT report, released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The high cost of housing is what pushed Hawaii down in the rankings. The KIDS COUNT Data Book gauges the welfare of kids using 16 measures in the categories of economic well-being, education, health and family/community. Children in Hawaii ranked better on health measures than their mainland counterparts. Only 3 percent didn't have health insurance, compared with 7 percent nationally. Hawaii also had the seventh-lowest death rate among children and teens in the country. But Hawaii teens were more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs, at 8 percent, compared with 6 percent nationally.
Posted July 22nd, 2014 @ 1:30pm