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Report: Wyoming Not a Magnet State for Families?

July 25, 2007

Wyoming's looking good -- at least on paper. The new Kids Count report released today shows the state is up three notches to 25th in the nation for kids, with less child poverty than most other states, lower child death rates, and good school test scores. But families with children are not attracted to the Equality State. The child population is down over 13,000 over six years. Wyoming Kids Count Coordinator Marc Homer says Wyoming needs to improve its image.

"Wyoming is that big rectangle that we're all very familiar with on the map. We want to see that known as a place that is great for kids and families."

Homer notes that being a magnet for families is key for economic development because it could help diversify the state's heavy economic dependence on the oil and gas industry. He adds that while the industry is "booming" now, Wyomingites remember all too well what happens when demand drops, or supplies run out.

Homer says growing support for a quality, early childhood education system is right on track for strengthening the economy.

"This is what companies from outside the state need to see, if they're going to consider relocating their companies to Wyoming, instead of Nebraska."

The full report is at Minnesota is ranked number one for kids this year.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WY