The Scorecard provides a comprehensive picture of children's well-being, tracking 26 indicators over time, by race/ethnicity and relative to other California counties.

How does the well-being of children living in Kern County compare with the well-being of children in other counties?

The graphic above indicates how children in Kern County are faring compared to children in 57 other counties. The 256,241 children living in Kern County are in the bottom third (red) of performance on 11 indicators, the middle third (yellow) on 12 indicators, and the top third (green) on 3 indicators of children's well-being.

Compare how all counties are performing on 26 indicators of children's well-being

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Is the well-being of children in Kern County improving over time?
The well-being of children in Kern County is getting worse on 6 indicators, staying the same on 8 indicators, and improving on 11 indicators of children's well-being.

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  • Click on any indicator title to view the county's performance on that indicator relative to other similar counties in terms of population density (i.e., rural or urban) and per capita income of families with children (i.e., low, middle and high income).
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Indicator   Tercile   Race
      Bottom Middle Top Trend   Latino White African American Asian Other
     Range 48% |-----------------| 85%              
1. Children who report "very good" to "excellent health" status     61%     -3%   59% 73% NA NA NA
      82% |-----------------| 99%              
2. Children who have health insurance         96% +10%   98% 91% 100% 100% 100%
      76% |-----------------| 94%              
3. Children who see a dentist regularly       85%   +13%   90% 82% NA NA 100%
      13% |-----------------| 85%              
4. Newborns who are breastfed exclusively while in the hospital     26%     -10%   17% 46% 14% 27% 38%
      44% |-----------------| 100%              
5. Children who have asthma that does not require an Emergency Room visit       85%   -6%   70% 90% NA NA NA
      62% |-----------------| 76%              
6. Middle and high school students who are not at risk for depression     66%     +3%   66% 68% 65% 59% 64%
      61% |-----------------| 80%              
7. Children who are in a healthy weight zone     64%     -2%   60% 72% 64% 74% 66%
      63% |-----------------| 95%              
8. Children who live within walking distance to a park, playground or open space       75%   -5%   77% 78% NA NA NA
      0% |-----------------| 35%              
9. Schools that have a school nurse or health center       9%   NA   NA NA NA NA NA
      57% |-----------------| 82%              
10. Adolescents who feel connected to an adult       73%   +11%   69% 81% 77% 69% 73%
      35% |-----------------| 58%              
11. Elementary and middle school students who are supervised by an adult after school         54% -2%   NA NA NA NA NA
      60% |-----------------| 87%              
12. Elementary and middle school students who feel safe in their school     68%     +1%   NA NA NA NA NA
      25% |-----------------| 46%              
13. High school students who feel safe and have not been victimized at school       30%   +36%   29% 35% 26% 28% 28%
      54% |-----------------| 93%              
14. Children who are safe on and around roads     73%     -3%   78% 71% 72% 80% 79%
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
15. Children who have no report of maltreatment within six months of an initial report       91%   +5%   92% 89% 94% 84% 99%
      46% |-----------------| 76%              
16. Adolescents who are substance-free         65% +8%   64% 63% 69% 79% 64%
      72% |-----------------| 100%              
17. Children and youth who are safe from homicide     90%     -1%   88% 98% 75% NA NA
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
18. Youth who are arrested but not for violent crimes     92%     -2%   NA NA NA NA NA
      53% |-----------------| 91%              
19. Women who receive prenatal care by the end of the first trimester       75%   -10%   72% 83% 70% 80% 77%
      69% |-----------------| 100%              
20. Young children who are read to often       81%   -13%   77% 79% NA NA NA
      25% |-----------------| 81%              
21. 3- and 4-year-olds who are enrolled in preschool     33%     -23%   33% 40% 43% 36% 40%
      31% |-----------------| 87%              
22. Children who are not truant       70%   +6%   NA NA NA NA NA
      29% |-----------------| 63%              
23. Children who feel connected to their school       45%   +50%   44% 51% 37% 50% 43%
      46% |-----------------| 81%              
24. 4th-graders who meet or exceed state standards in English Language Arts     51%     +59%   43% 66% 40% 73% NA
      13% |-----------------| 77%              
25. 8th-graders who are enrolled in Algebra       45%   +74%   46% 40% 31% 73% 26%
      69% |-----------------| 90%              
26. 10th-graders who pass the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam     75%     +32%   70% 85% 65% 84% 80%
NA - Not Available