COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A new study says one out of every five Ohio children live in poverty.
The "2019 KIDS COUNT" data book, released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that 513,000 kids in the state are impoverished. The report ranks Ohio 23rd nationally in economic well-being and 27th in overall child well-being.
The study also looked at racial and ethnic disparities, determining the amount of Latino youth in Ohio whose parents don't have a high school degree is almost three times as high as white kids, and nearly double, for black children.
"Ohio’s future generation is its most diverse yet, and it is important that we direct our attention to the areas where we have not seen equitable improvements across child well-being indicators by race and ethnicity,” said Tracy Nájera, executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. “We must push for policies that level the playing field for all Ohio children.”
Here are the 2019 Ohio rankings:
More information, including the 2019 Data Book, can be found here.