Kids Count 25th Edition

Annie E. Casey Foundation Updates Data Book
15% of NJ Children Under 18 Live in poverty

Kids CountThe 25th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book, which shows trends in child well-being, was released recently, and the news is mixed.

The book includes 16 indicators of child well-being, including economics, education, health, and family. Data are gathered both nationally, and state-by-state, as well as for the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

In 2012, New Jersey ranked as the state with the 4th lowest poverty rate. But 15% of the children under age 18 still lived in poverty.


  • In 1990 just 28% of children lived in households with a housing cost burden, but by 2012 the figure had risen to 38%.
  • This percentage has fallen slightly since the peak of the housing crisis in 2010 when 41% of children lived in households with a housing cost burden.
  • In 2012, 51% of African American children and 50% of Hispanic children lived in households experiencing housing cost burden, compared to 29% of non-Hispanic white children.

The data is sortable by at the state, county and congressional district level.

Click here for the full report.

Click here for the New Jersey data.