In Idaho, 53 percent of families with young children are low-income. This is the fourth-highest among all states and above the national average of 45 percent. Idaho also has the second-highest rate of poverty among families in which all resident parents work. This is from the recently published Idaho Kids Count Report.
The report offers a variety of details on statistics relating to children in Idaho, by county.
Some Idaho County statistics include the following:
The number of children ages 0-17 on food stamps in 2010 was 218 and in 2013 had gone down to 206.
Mother’s without high school diplomas in 2011 was 757 and in 2013 was 659.
Babies born preterm (37 weeks or earlier) in 2007 number 11; 179 in 2008; and 156 in 2009.
Medicaid participants ages 0-17 in 2007 number 813; 769 in 2008; and 743 in 2009.
Medically uninsured children ages 0-18 in 2009 were at 14.1 percent; 13.9 percent in 2010; and 12.1 percent in 2011.
Births to teen moms (at rate per 1,000) were 9.2 in 2010; 3.2 in 2001; and 13.9 in 2012.
The infant mortality rate per 1,000 in 2008 and 2009 was 5.9; 12.5 in 2010; and 5.7 in 2012
The report offers specific public and private policy recommendations which fall into three broad categories:
•Create policies that equip parents and children with the income, tools and skills they need to succeed — as a family and as individuals.
•Put common sense into common practice by structuring public systems to respond to the realities facing today’s families.
•Use existing child, adult and neighborhood programs and platforms to build evidence for practical pathways out of poverty for entire families.
Idaho Kids Count is a nonprofit organization bringing data and research to conversations that affect Idaho’s children. Idaho KIDS COUNT is a member of the national Kids Count Network, and receives funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. To learn more and view statistics by state and county visit www.idahokidscount.org.