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December 17, 2013

Profile of area children in poverty

Antrim Benzie Grand Traverse Kalkaska Leelanau

STATE RANKING*

37       11        8                     63           5

*No. 1 is best: Based on percentage of children qualifying for food assistance for children, aged up to 5)

% OF CHILDREN, UP TO AGE 5, ELIGIBLE FOR FOOD AID IN 2012

35%    27%     25%               41.8%      23.3%

% OF CHILDREN (UP TO AGE 17) LIVING IN POVERTY IN 2005

16.9%  13.4%  11.1%            22.6%       11%

% OF CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY IN 2011 (STATEWIDE AVERAGE IS 24.7%)

30%     20.6%  18.8%            29.6%      18.3%

STUDENT TEST SCORE COMPARISONS BETWEEN 2008 AND 2012

Fourth Grade Reading

+20%  +32%    +27%            +31%       +21%

Eighth Grade Math

-7%    +2%       -15%             -5%          -24%

ABUSE AND NEGLECT

State Ranking

78     20            11                 54             11

No. of children per 1,000 living in homes investigated for abuse or neglect (statewide average is 90)

161.4 87.9          76.3             126.6         76.3

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