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

The graphic above indicates how children in Merced County are faring compared to children in 57 other counties. The 81,370 children living in Merced County are in the bottom third (red) of performance on 15 indicators, the middle third (yellow) on 7 indicators, and the top third (green) on 4 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 Merced County improving over time?
The well-being of children in Merced County is getting worse on 4 indicators, staying the same on 11 indicators, and improving on 9 indicators of children's well-being.

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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     54%     -13%   46% 70% NA NA 84%
      82% |-----------------| 99%              
2. Children who have health insurance         94% +2%   93% 95% 100% 89% 100%
      76% |-----------------| 94%              
3. Children who see a dentist regularly     77%     +2%   77% 79% NA NA 84%
      13% |-----------------| 85%              
4. Newborns who are breastfed exclusively while in the hospital     28%     +8%   24% 45% 24% 15% 18%
      44% |-----------------| 100%              
5. Children who have asthma that does not require an Emergency Room visit       88%   +4%   91% 76% NA NA NA
      62% |-----------------| 76%              
6. Middle and high school students who are not at risk for depression     66%     0%   67% 68% 71% 64% 64%
      61% |-----------------| 80%              
7. Children who are in a healthy weight zone     64%     +1%   61% 70% 65% 72% 61%
      63% |-----------------| 95%              
8. Children who live within walking distance to a park, playground or open space       74%   +12%   73% 76% NA NA NA
      0% |-----------------| 35%              
9. Schools that have a school nurse or health center       7%   NA   NA NA NA NA NA
      57% |-----------------| 82%              
10. Adolescents who feel connected to an adult     69%     +11%   68% 77% 69% 58% 73%
      35% |-----------------| 58%              
11. Elementary and middle school students who are supervised by an adult after school         56% -7%   NA NA NA NA NA
      60% |-----------------| 87%              
12. Elementary and middle school students who feel safe in their school       70%   +1%   NA NA NA NA NA
      25% |-----------------| 46%              
13. High school students who feel safe and have not been victimized at school     28%     +27%   27% 33% 20% 28% 26%
      54% |-----------------| 93%              
14. Children who are safe on and around roads     68%     -2%   70% 65% 71% 67% 63%
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
15. Children who have no report of maltreatment within six months of an initial report         94% +11%   96% 92% 93% 91% 100%
      46% |-----------------| 76%              
16. Adolescents who are substance-free       60%   +3%   58% 56% 68% 75% 56%
      72% |-----------------| 100%              
17. Children and youth who are safe from homicide     82%     -13%   87% 76% NA NA NA
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
18. Youth who are arrested but not for violent crimes       94%   0%   NA NA NA NA NA
      53% |-----------------| 91%              
19. Women who receive prenatal care by the end of the first trimester     60%     -2%   60% 68% 43% 48% 55%
      69% |-----------------| 100%              
20. Young children who are read to often     78%     +3%   76% 78% NA NA NA
      25% |-----------------| 81%              
21. 3- and 4-year-olds who are enrolled in preschool     33%     NA   32% 32% 48% 27% 26%
      31% |-----------------| 87%              
22. Children who are not truant     66%     -10%   NA NA NA NA NA
      29% |-----------------| 63%              
23. Children who feel connected to their school       40%   +43%   39% 46% 32% 38% 37%
      46% |-----------------| 81%              
24. 4th-graders who meet or exceed state standards in English Language Arts     54%     +100%   48% 70% 53% 60% NA
      13% |-----------------| 77%              
25. 8th-graders who are enrolled in Algebra         71% +293%   66% 78% 67% 84% 32%
      69% |-----------------| 90%              
26. 10th-graders who pass the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam     74%     +32%   70% 87% 67% 72% 75%
NA - Not Available