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 Los Angeles County compare with the well-being of children in other counties?

The graphic above indicates how children in Los Angeles County are faring compared to children in 57 other counties. The 2,758,141 children living in Los Angeles County are in the bottom third (red) of performance on 7 indicators, the middle third (yellow) on 10 indicators, and the top third (green) on 9 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 Los Angeles County improving over time?
The well-being of children in Los Angeles County is getting worse on 2 indicators, staying the same on 11 indicators, and improving on 12 indicators of children's well-being.

HOW TO USE THE SCORECARD

  • 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     63%     +3%   57% 79% 64% 62% 83%
      82% |-----------------| 99%              
2. Children who have health insurance       93%   +7%   90% 98% 95% 94% 97%
      76% |-----------------| 94%              
3. Children who see a dentist regularly       84%   +9%   83% 90% 79% 80% 84%
      13% |-----------------| 85%              
4. Newborns who are breastfed exclusively while in the hospital     24%     -8%   17% 54% 19% 25% 40%
      44% |-----------------| 100%              
5. Children who have asthma that does not require an Emergency Room visit     81%     +10%   80% 89% 74% 84% 85%
      62% |-----------------| 76%              
6. Middle and high school students who are not at risk for depression       68%   +1%   67% 71% 71% 71% 64%
      61% |-----------------| 80%              
7. Children who are in a healthy weight zone     66%     +2%   61% 77% 67% 79% 69%
      63% |-----------------| 95%              
8. Children who live within walking distance to a park, playground or open space         83% +8%   85% 82% 79% 77% 76%
      0% |-----------------| 35%              
9. Schools that have a school nurse or health center         35% NA   NA NA NA NA NA
      57% |-----------------| 82%              
10. Adolescents who feel connected to an adult     69%     +15%   68% 77% 70% 64% 70%
      35% |-----------------| 58%              
11. Elementary and middle school students who are supervised by an adult after school         55% -11%   NA NA NA NA NA
      60% |-----------------| 87%              
12. Elementary and middle school students who feel safe in their school     65%     -4%   NA NA NA NA NA
      25% |-----------------| 46%              
13. High school students who feel safe and have not been victimized at school       32%   +39%   30% 39% 26% 38% 29%
      54% |-----------------| 93%              
14. Children who are safe on and around roads       79%   -2%   79% 82% 71% 79% 80%
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
15. Children who have no report of maltreatment within six months of an initial report         94% +2%   94% 93% 92% 96% 95%
      46% |-----------------| 76%              
16. Adolescents who are substance-free         64% +2%   61% 60% 70% 81% 64%
      72% |-----------------| 100%              
17. Children and youth who are safe from homicide     77%     -1%   77% 95% 63% 85% NA
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
18. Youth who are arrested but not for violent crimes         96% +7%   NA NA NA NA NA
      53% |-----------------| 91%              
19. Women who receive prenatal care by the end of the first trimester         87% -1%   86% 92% 82% 91% 87%
      69% |-----------------| 100%              
20. Young children who are read to often       81%   +3%   77% 93% 82% 73% 95%
      25% |-----------------| 81%              
21. 3- and 4-year-olds who are enrolled in preschool         55% +41%   46% 70% 60% 59% 66%
      31% |-----------------| 87%              
22. Children who are not truant         84% 0%   NA NA NA NA NA
      29% |-----------------| 63%              
23. Children who feel connected to their school       42%   +68%   40% 51% 33% 45% 40%
      46% |-----------------| 81%              
24. 4th-graders who meet or exceed state standards in English Language Arts       57%   +68%   50% 81% 48% 84% NA
      13% |-----------------| 77%              
25. 8th-graders who are enrolled in Algebra       54%   +94%   54% 53% 50% 61% 19%
      69% |-----------------| 90%              
26. 10th-graders who pass the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam       77%   +24%   71% 92% 69% 91% 78%
NA - Not Available