Thursday, March 17, 2011

2011 Kids Count Report released for Maine

The Annie E Casey Foundation has released a new Kids Count Report for the state of Maine. The report says that child poverty in the state went up slightly by one percent.

From this Associated Press article that we found at the Bangor Daily News, we learn more on what is contained in the report.

The Kids Count report being released Thursday says Maine’s child poverty rate was 17.5 percent in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available. That was 1 percentage point higher than the rate the previous year for children under age 18.

The report also says the median income for families with children slipped between the same two years, from $54,800 to $52,700.

The percentage of Maine children without health insurance was 5 percent, according to the study, well below the national average of 11 percent. The 5 percent figure means there were 15,000 children who did not have health insurance.

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