The Kids Count DATA CENTER is the place to start if you are looking data on child well-being. Developed by the Ann E. Casey Foundation, this site provides easy access to data on the demographics, economic well-being, family structure, health and safety of children. Data can be obtained at the state, county, community, school district and congressional district levels.
The site allows users to select from a menu of popular data profiles or generate custom profiles. The data can be ranked or mapped. Very specific and current data is readily provided. For example:
- 46 percent of renters in Adams County, Wisconsin were unable to afford Fair Market Rent (FMR) in 2011. FMR is defined as a maximum of 30 percent of family’s income).
- A minimum wage of $12 per hour is required to afford Fair Market Rent in Adams County.
- 29 percent of the children in Adams County lived in families below the federal poverty guidelines. That compares to 21 percent in 2005.
The DATA CENTER also provides a good HOW-TO to help users navigate the site.