The 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book was released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, an annually published resource that tracks child well-being nationally as well as state by state and ranks the states accordingly. The report is based on the latest available data for 16 key indicators and also identifies multi-year trends, comparing statistics from 2010 to 2019. Policymakers, researchers, and advocates can continue to use this information to help shape their work and build a stronger future for children, families, and communities.
For the 2021 report, which includes the most recent data from 2019, so it does not reflect current conditions amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we can use this data to predict what could occur. In addition to the report, a letter from the President, Lisa Hamilton, highlights the most recent data we have that reflect how parents and families are faring during the pandemic.
Overall, Virginia is ranked 13th in the nation, improving a rank since the previous year. The 2021 Data Book shows improvement in Virginia on five indicators in the KIDS COUNT Index, including:
In five areas, indicators worsened:
Six indicators stayed the same:
Virginia ranked 14th in Economic Well-Being and improved in 3 out of the 4 indicators since 2010. Highlights include:
Virginia ranked 6th in Education and worsened in 2 out of the 4 indicators and remained the same in the other 2 indicators. Highlights include:
Virginia ranked 18th in Family and Community and improved in 1 out of the 4 indicators and remained the same in the other 3 indicators.
Virginia ranked 24th in Health. For this domain, Virginia stayed the same for 1, improved in 1, and worsened for 2 of the 4 indicators. Highlights include:
The Virginia KIDS COUNT data center includes these indicators and hundreds more at the state and even local level over time. For example, interested in learning more about the percent of children in poverty across Virginia? The Virginia KIDS COUNT data center has data available by locality and race. Learn more.Read More Blog Posts