The 24th Kids Count report was recently released and it suggests that the state of Nevada is a tough place for kids to live. The report, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, annually ranks the well-being of kids across several key indicators which include economics, health, education and family and community.
Below are some Nevada stats that the report highlighted:
Of the fifty states, Nevada ranked 48th, overall for children, for the second consecutive year. The main factor that brought the state down was education in which it ranked last.
In fact, Nevada high school students not graduating, or graduating late, is double that of the national average.
The state also ranks highest in the percentage of three and four year-olds that are not enrolled in preschool, although those figures have been improving.
The rate of children living in poverty increased to 23% in 2011.
The number one state was New Hampshire while Arkansas was ranked 40.
KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.