Children Enjoying Gains, Report States
July 19, 2001
On the whole, children are benefiting from having wealthier parents than they did in the past, according to a report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. And they are flourishing in other ways too.
- Three times as many children enjoyed "very high" family incomes -- more than $102,000 for a family of four -- in 1999 as compared to 1980.
- A record 86 percent of children were covered by health insurance in 1999 -- and the adolescent death rate dropped to an all-time low, at 71 per 100,000 in 1998.
- The teen birth rate hit an all-time low in 1999 -- at 29 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17.
- However, 88 percent of teen births in 1999 were to unmarried girls -- up from 62 percent in 1980.
Source: Jennifer Piccolo, "Children Benefit from Good Economy," Washington Times, July 19, 2001; based on "American's Children: Key National Indicators of Child Well-Being, 2001, July 2001, Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
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