2018 Wyoming KIDS COUNT Data Book

 

New Report Looks at County-by-County Data to Evaluate Child Well-Being

2018 Wyoming KIDS COUNT Data Book shows highs and lows for Wyoming’s kids.

Crook County has more kids graduating on time than any other county in Wyoming. Johnson County moms are the most likely to receive adequate prenatal healthcare, and Albany County is one of only five counties in Wyoming where the number of children without health insurance is at or lower than the national average.

These findings and more are part of the Wyoming Community Foundation’s newest Wyoming KIDS COUNT Data Book, which relies on most recent data. The book, which shares county-by-county data, follows the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book.

The Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) compiled and analyzed the data to ensure high quality independent reporting. The Wyoming Community Foundation releases the data book every two years and believes the findings can help to inform and guide decision making about our state’s kids.

“One of the most important things we can do to ensure we are doing the best for Wyoming’s kids, is to give the public useful information and easy access to it,” says Micah Richardson, director of communications at the Wyoming Community Foundation. “Knowing there is a high percentage of families with children living below the poverty line in Goshen County helps us start asking questions – Why is the rate higher than in other areas of the state? What can we do that will make a difference?”

Richardson says community stakeholders and policy makers can then determine what has to happen to effect a positive change in that indicator.

The 2018 Wyoming KIDS COUNT Data Book looks at approximately 30 indicators in six broad areas: population, family structure, income and poverty, birth and early childhood, healthcare, and education. In each county, both positive and negative findings can be found.

Wyoming highlights include:

  • Goshen (27%), Platte (27%), and Weston (24%) counties have the highest percentages of families of related children living below the poverty line, while Johnson (0%), Crook (2%) and Teton (6%) counties have the lowest percentages.
  • Platte and Fremont Counties have the highest percentage of children without health insurance (17%), while Albany, Laramie, Lincoln and Crook counties have the lowest percentage (4%), equal to the national average.
  • The wage gap in Wyoming ranges from women earning 90 cents for each dollar a man earns in Hot Springs County, to 51 cents for each dollar a man earns in Crook County.

Richardson notes that information compiled for Wyoming relies greatly on the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.  Accurate data collection is the foundation for creating good policies that lead to child well-being.

The full report can be found at wycf.org. The Wyoming Community Foundation encourages use of any or all of the information while crediting the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center.