AL: Mobile Bad For Kids

Mobile County ranks near the bottom, and Baldwin County is near the top in Alabama when it comes to overall child well-being, according to a new report released by Voices for Alabama’s Children.

Mobile County placed 52nd among the 67 counties in the state, while Baldwin County finished 12th.

Mobile was hindered by factors that included its lagging high-school graduation rate, high juvenile crime rate and the large number of children living in poverty and in single-parent homes

The poverty rate for children in Mobile County is 31 percent, compared to 19 percent in Baldwin.

Children who grow up in poverty are prone to difficult experiences, the report emphasized: They generally have less access to health care, Tilly said, and are more likely to drop out of school and land in the juvenile justice system and possibly jail.

The graduation rate in Mobile County’s public schools is 59 percent, which is 6 percentage points lower than the state average. Baldwin’s graduation rate is 67 percent.

Mobile County had twice as many juveniles arrested for violent crimes as the state average. Last year, 295 out of every 100,000 juveniles were arrested for violent crimes, compared to 94 in Baldwin County.

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