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data button Our six components of child well-being (learn more here): Demographics, Education, Economic Well-Being, Family and Community, Health, and Safety and Risky Behaviors.

The topics page contains multiple child well-being indicators which are organized around six components of child well-being (learn more here): Demographics, Education, Economic Well-Being, Family and Community, Health, and Safety and Risky Behaviors.

Within each component, the indicators are arranged in two ways.  First, “compare states” provides an opportunity to see how North Dakota compares with the rest of the nation.  Secondly, when available, “compare counties” provides the opportunity to see how North Dakota counties compare to each other.

Most of these indicators below take you directly to the national KIDS COUNT Data Center website, where you are able to use additional features like creating maps, graphs, and trend lines. Data for these topics can also be found on our DATA, PUBLICATIONS, and PRESENTATIONS pages. The search option above is another useful tool for locating data on our site.


Knowing who the children are provides a foundation for understanding how the children are doing. Demographic indicators offer insight into changes in the number of children, age and racial distributions, and differences in rural and urban distributions.

Early Care & Education

Every child deserves opportunities for intellectual growth, skill-building, socialization, and extracurricular activities that enhance their self-esteem and prepare them to transition to adulthood successfully after completing high school. Early Care and Education indicators offer insight into quality child care availability and costs, school enrollment, special education needs, expenditures per student, dropout rates, achievement scores, and the likelihood of pursuing advanced education and/or workforce endeavors.

Economic Well-Being

The economic health of children and families is important because children thrive in stable, stress-free environments. Children living in families with employed parents have access to resources that help provide stability and security. Economic well-being indicators offer insight into the number of children living in low income situations as well as the number of children who receive benefits from TANF, Child Care Assistance, free and reduced price lunches, and Food Stamps which help them provide for their children's needs and attain self-sufficiency.

Family & Community

Family structure is an important indicator of child well-being because family type is often associated with children’s access to resources, such as income. Children in married-couple families are more likely to live in households with higher incomes than children who live in single-parent homes, for example. Family and Community indicators offer insight into various types of families in North Dakota, such as married-couple families, single-parent families and working mothers, grandparent caregivers, and foster families.


The physical and mental health of a child is vital to overall well-being. Health indicators provide insight into prenatal experiences of mothers, birth outcomes, health insurance access, screening and immunization rates, and opportunities for health assistance through the Medicaid program, Healthy Steps (SCHIP), and WIC.

Safety & Risky Behaviors

Providing children with safe and secure environments free from abuse and neglect will improve the likelihood of positive educational, emotional, and social outcomes that extend well into adulthood. Safety and Risky Behaviors indicators give insight into situations of child abuse, child neglect, domestic violence, children’s experiences with the juvenile justice system, and their tendency to engage in binge drinking and drug use.

Profiles, Rankings, & Comparisons

North Dakota’s overall child well-being ranks ninth in the nation according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, an annual assessment of children’s well-being in the United States. The Data Book provides a robust and comprehensive portrait of how U.S. children are doing in key areas. It ranks states based on 16 indicators of child well-being reflecting current child development research. In addition, the 16 indicators are organized into four domains that capture what children need most to thrive: Economic Well-Being, Family and Community, Education, and Health.