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December 7, 2012

Area counties show mixed results on childhood wellness

OTTUMWA — Children and families in southeast Iowa show mixed results in a report from the Child and Family Policy Center.

The report, which covers data through last year, assesses challenges since 2000. Some statewide measures have worsened significantly in that time. Unemployment more than doubled, child poverty and students receiving free or reduced-price meals at school also increased significantly. Child abuse and neglect are up by nearly 25 percent.

But it's not all bad news. Child deaths are down. Math proficiency among eighth graders rose by 8.4 percent and fourth-grade reading proficiency is up 7.7 percent. Infant mortality plunged by 24 percent.

Here's a county-by-county breakdown of some of the changes in the area. The full report can be found at the end of the story.

Child abuse and neglect

Appanoose County: 19.7 per 1,000 children to 27 per 1,000; +37.1 percent

Davis County: 15.5 per 1,000 to 12.9 per 1,000; -16.7 percent

Jefferson County: 11.2 per 1,000 to 15.3 per 1,000; +37.5 percent

Keokuk County: 16.7 per 1,000 to 20.1 per 1,000; +20 percent

Mahaska County: 13.6 per 1,000 to 25.4 per 1,000; +86.7 percent

Marion County: 7.1 per 1,000 to 9.1 per 1,000; +27.3 percent

Monroe County: 12.3 per 1,000 to 23.4 per 1,000; +90 percent

Van Buren County: 24.8 per 1,000 to 9.9 per 1,000; -60.2 percent

Wapello County: 16.1 per 1,000 to 30.5 per 1,000; +90 percent

Wayne County: 16.2 per 1,000 to 14.7 per 1,000; -9.4 percent

Child poverty (Percentage children age 0-17 below poverty line 2000-2010)

Appanoose County: 18.4 percent to 24.2 percent

Davis County: 20 percent to 27.8 percent

Jefferson County: 14.3 percent to 22.5 percent

Keokuk County: 14.7 percent to 18.2 percent

Mahaska County: 11.4 percent to 18 percent

Marion County: 8.3 percent to 11.4 percent

Monroe County: 14 percent to 18.5 percent

Van Buren County: 17.5 percent to 26 percent

Wapello County: 16.9 percent to 24.3 percent

Wayne County: 19.6 percent to 26.5 percent

Free or reduced-price lunch eligibility for students 2000-2011

Appanoose County: 44.1 percent to 45 percent

Davis County: 28.3 percent to 42.4 percent

Jefferson County: 21.6 percent to 42.7 percent

Keokuk County: 26.8 percent to 35.6 percent

Mahaska County: 28.1 percent to 42.3 percent

Marion County: 18.7 percent to 30.7 percent

Monroe County: 35 percent to 39.3 percent

Van Buren County: 34.3 percent to 47.5 percent

Wapello County: 36.2 percent to 50.9 percent

Wayne County: 43 percent to 50.4 percent

Four-year high school graduation rate 2000-2011

Appanoose County: 81.2 percent to 87.3 percent

Davis County: 87.2 percent to 87.3 percent

Jefferson County: 85.7 percent to 86.7 percent

Keokuk County: 94.3 percent to 85.9 percent

Mahaska County: 82.8 percent to 89.4 percent

Marion County: 88.3 percent to 92.1 percent

Monroe County: 92.5 percent to 95.9 percent

Van Buren County: 95 percent to 91.6 percent

Wapello County: 76.2 percent to 82.1 percent

Wayne County: 88.2 percent to 91.8 percent

 

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