Wisconsin: Worst State in Nation for Black Children

No state is worse for African-American kids, according to a new study.


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If you are raising a black child, think twice before moving to Wisconsin.

A recent study has found that no state is worse for black children than the Badger State.

According to the study Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children,” from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Wisconsin has the country’s worst disparities between children of color and their white peers. The study considered 12 factors, including educational access, socioeconomic status and home life, and then ranked the states by how well children did in those areas.

Black children in Wisconsin ranked 50th overall in those categories. By comparison, white children in the state scored 10th. Asian and Latino children ranked 37th and 17th, respectively.

The study also found that children of color in Wisconsin face particular challenges to financial security. According to the Capital Times, “70 percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in households with incomes above 200 percent of the poverty level, about $47,700 annually for a family of four. At the same time, only 20 percent of black children have that level of economic security.” 

Speaking to the Capital Times, Ken Taylor, executive director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, said, “Surely Wisconsin can do better than this.”

Read more at the Capital Times.

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