Kentucky 40th in child well-being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released their 2010 Kids Count Data Book, and — wouldn’t you know it — our fair Commonwealth is a pretty terrible place to be if you’re a child, a single parent or (in some cases) both. Here’s this, from a press release by Kentucky Youth Advocates:

The Data Book reveals that Kentucky improved on four of the 10 measures affecting child well-being since 2000: infant mortality rate, child death rate, teen death rate, and percent of teens not in school and not high school graduates. On three other measures, conditions have worsened since 2000: percent of low birthweight babies, percent of children in poverty, and percent of children in single parent families. Conditions remained unchanged on one measure: the rate of births to teens ages 15-19, and two others were not comparable to previous years: percent of teens not attending school and not working, and percent of children whose parents lack secure employment.

Our neck of the woods is also one of the dumbest and fattest places to be a human, so we’ll see how GLI, Inc. can spin this in a positive fashion.