Trends in the Well-Being of America's Children and Youth, 1999. Report Highlights

04/01/1999

This report is intended to help readers develop a sense of how children and youth are faring overall. Here is a sample of recent findings:

  • Youth violence has been decreasing, with homicide rates down from 20.7 to 12.8 per thousand youth ages 15 to 19 between 1993 and 1997, and declines in reported weapon carrying among 9th – 12th grade students from 26 percent in 1991 to 18 percent in 1997.
  • After increases between 1985 and 1991, the birth rate for teen females ages 15 to 19 continues its downward trend from 62.1 births per thousand in 1991 to 52.3 per thousand in 1997.
  • Median income for families with children increased between 1996 and 1997, from $41,925 to $43,545.
  • The percentage of families with children receiving welfare payments decreased steadily between 1993 and 1997 from 14 percent to 9 percent.
  • The percentage of single mothers who were in the labor force increased from 66 percent in 1996 to 74 percent in 1998.

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