2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book

2018 KC Data Book Cover

How are kids and families doing in Michigan?

The 2018 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book examines 16 indicators of child well-being at the state and local levels. While there have been improvements in several areas since 2010, including child poverty rates, Michigan has consistently ranked in the bottom half of states in the national KIDS COUNT rankings and there are significant disparities in outcomes by race, ethnicity, place and income.

If Michigan is to progress and become a place where people want to work and raise families, then resources and strategies must be targeted to ensure that all children are able to thrive and reach their full potential regardless of race, ethnicity, family income or where they live.

ERRATA NOTICES: Several data revisions were made to the profiles released on April 17, 2018. If you accessed and/or printed a profile from our website during the embargo period up until April 23, 2018, please review the complete list of revisions. These revisions changed county rankings for: Benzie County (#30 to #31), Otsego County (#22 to #23), Roscommon County (#66 to #67) and Wexford County (#66 to #68). If you have any questions, please email Alicia Guevara Warren, Kids Count Project Director.

Report | Michigan news release | Charts and images 

Resources for advocates

Michigan Profile: Trend/Background

Other profiles: Detroit | Flint | Upper Peninsula | Out Wayne | Southeast Michigan | Urban County Group | Midsize County Group | Rural County Group | Traverse Bay Area

Only the Michigan profile is included in the publication, but county profiles are available online.




Overall Ranking DB 2018 UPDATED No title June 8

More data are available on the interactive KIDS COUNT Data Center where users can create custom maps, charts, profiles and rankings. Data for the state counties and cities are available for over 100 indicators across multiple decades.

County news releases

Alcona Dickinson Lake Oceana
Alger Eaton Lapeer Ogemaw
Allegan Emmet Leelanau Ontonagon
Alpena Genesee Lenawee Osceola
Antrim Gladwin Livingston Oscoda
Arenac Gogebic Luce Otsego
Baraga Grand Traverse Mackinac Ottawa
Barry Gratiot Macomb Presque Isle
Bay Hillsdale Manistee Roscommon
Benzie Houghton Marquette Saginaw
Berrien Huron Mason St. Clair
Branch Ingham Mecosta St. Joseph
Calhoun Ionia Menominee Sanilac
Cass Iosco Midland Schoolcraft
Charlevoix Iron Missaukee Shiawassee
Cheboygan Isabella Monroe Tuscola
Chippewa Jackson Montcalm Van Buren
Clare Kalamazoo Montmorency Washtenaw
Clinton Kalkaska Muskegon Wayne
Crawford Kent Newaygo Wexford
Delta Oakland