November 2, 2017

Status of Johnson County Children

Johnson County is home to 143,100 children, and nearly 1 in 3 children are under the age of 6 years, according to 2016 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Census data and the  2017 Kansas KIDS COUNT report indicate the status of Johnson County's children:

  • 27,400 children in Johnson County live in poverty or in low-income households (8,200 and 19,200 children, respectively), according to 2016 Census data. These children are more likely to have worse health, education, and social outcomes than their more affluent peers.
  • 90% of pregnant women receive prenatal care. On a related note, the infant mortality rate is only 3.54 per 1,000 live births, a lower rate than in peer counties and Kansas.

  • 72% of births in Johnson County occur to women in the labor force. 74% of children live in a household where both parents are in the labor force.
  • Evidence-based early education programs for low-income children like Early Head Start, Head Start, and school-based pre-kindergarten do not have enough available slots to meet the needs of all Johnson County children.
  • 97% of children in Johnson County have health insurance coverage, according to 2016 Census data.
  • 87% of 3rd through 8th graders read proficiently at grade level.

  • The rate of violent deaths among teens (suicide, homicide, and motor vehicle accidents) are on the decline and is significantly lower than peer counties.
  • 24% (nearly 1 in 4) children in Johnson County public schools participate in the free and reduced lunch program.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1 year estimates 2016; Kansas KIDS COUNT 2017; KS Dept. for Children and Families EES Monthly Caseload Detail Report SFY 2012-2017
This publication was produced with funding support from United Way of Greater Kansas City. 

Status of Johnson County Children 2017 Kids Count Data

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