More children in poverty in Clark, Montgomery counties

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – More children live in poverty in Montgomery County than the state average.

Kids Count released its latest report on the well-being of children across the country. It found that 23.6 percent of children live in poverty in Ohio. That is 24.6 percent compared to 19 percent in 2008.

Montgomery County has 28 percent of its children living in poverty. Clark County has an even higher percentage at 32 percent.

The annual report uses several indicators including education, health and economic status.

Here is how some other local counties rank:

Auglaize 14%
Champaign 21%
Darke 18%
Greene 17%
Logan 22%
Mercer 12%
Preble 20%
Shelby 16%
Warren 8%

Interestingly enough, Warren County is among the counties with the fewest children living in poverty. Only rural Vinton and Jackson counties have a higher child poverty rate at 35 percent each.

The highest percentage is typically in rural areas and the report indicates that stat holds true at just over 28 percent while metropolitan areas, including Montgomery County, hold at 26 percent.

Key findings from regional comparisons show that:

  • Metropolitan and Appalachian counties each scored the lowest on about half of the indicators of child wellbeing.
  • Appalachian counties scored the lowest on every economic indicator, and metropolitan counties had the lowest scores on health and safety indicators.
  • Suburban counties scored the best on all but one indicator.
  • Rural counties tended to do better than metropolitan and Appalachian counties, but were behind suburban counties. Rural counties scored the best on one indicator,
    babies born at low birth weight.
  • The percent increase of children in poverty has been the highest in rural and suburban regions over the last decade.

The Kids Count Data Book is put together by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Overall, it found that Ohio saw a slight improvement with fewer children uninsured and a drop in the teen birth rate.

Ohio ranks one slot higher in 2014 than the year before coming in at number 23 nationwide.

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