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Kids Count Report: Iowa 7th Best in U.S. in Child Well-Being

July 25, 2007

When it comes to infant mortality, the child death rate, the teen death rate or the teen birth rate, Iowa has shown dramatic improvements in the last year, according to the latest Kids Count survey. Iowa Kids Count Director Michael Crawford says the state has made strong improvements in the last few years but there's still room for improvement.

"Iowa has experienced a 15 percent increase in the percentage of low birth weight babies. In addition, the percentage of Iowa children living in poverty increased 8 percent from 2000 to 2005."

Crawford notes that better prenatal care and outreach to reach young mothers would help the low birth weight problem. He adds that we saw the largest improvement in the teen death rate.

"The vast majority of these deaths are caused by automobile accidents, so I think the advent of seat belts and child safety restraints and also better awareness of drinking and driving has really cut down on the child and teen deaths over the last 20 years or so."

The report put Iowa in the top ten in a number of categories. The state was number one in families with secure parental employment, had the 3rd lowest teen death rate, the 4th best teen drop out rate, the 5th lowest infant mortality rate and the 7th lowest rate of single-parent families. Iowa ranked 7th nationally for overall child well-being.

The report is online at

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA