Officials React to Recent Kids Count Report that Shows W.Va. Ranks 42nd in Child Well-being
Clarksburg Exponent - Telegram - The 2015 Kids Count Data Book, released Tuesday, ranks West Virginia at 42nd nationally in child well-being. The child poverty rate in West Virginia is 27 percent, the study indicates. Read
Ranked 37th in last year's report, the state's decline can be linked to several factors. The report examines family and community, economic well-being, education and health.
"We do a report, but our report focuses on the counties," said Margie Hale, executive director of Kids Count in West Virginia. "The national report looks at more than we do, but certainly we all agree that we're at the bottom."