2023 Kids Count Data Book Data Profile - New Hampshire
June 16, 2023
The 2023 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, a 50-state report of recent household data released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, presents national and state data from 16 indicators in four domains – economic well-being, education, health, and family and community factors – and ranks states according to how children are faring.
Some of the report’s key takeaways include:
- New Hampshire ranked 4th in economic well-being. Even with this high ranking, the number of children in poverty doesn’t consider that New Hampshire’s cost of living is 20% above the national average, putting even more children and families at risk of living in poverty. Growing up in poverty or at near-poverty levels can adversely impact a child’s life trajectory.
- New Hampshire ranked 4th in education but 7th in the nation for the number of 3- and 4-year-olds not attending school. Nearly half of 3- and 4-year-olds in the Granite State are not receiving early education, which research has demonstrated is critical for development and long-term success.
- New Hampshire ranked 3rd in health but 7th in the nation for child and teen deaths per 100,000 children and youths ages 1 to 19. Nationally, data shows an increase in the child and teen death rate, reflecting a large increase in homicides and drug overdoses.
- New Hampshire ranked 2nd in family and community. The number of Granite State children living in single-parent families continues to rise, reaching 29% — up from 27% in 2010.