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

The graphic above indicates how children in Orange County are faring compared to children in 57 other counties. The 800,097 children living in Orange County are in the bottom third (red) of performance on 2 indicators, the middle third (yellow) on 9 indicators, and the top third (green) on 15 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 Orange County improving over time?
The well-being of children in Orange 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       69%   +9%   58% 82% 89% 67% 79%
      82% |-----------------| 99%              
2. Children who have health insurance         94% +4%   92% 99% 97% 89% 98%
      76% |-----------------| 94%              
3. Children who see a dentist regularly       84%   +9%   79% 90% 91% 85% 78%
      13% |-----------------| 85%              
4. Newborns who are breastfed exclusively while in the hospital     30%     -3%   19% 51% 29% 24% 42%
      44% |-----------------| 100%              
5. Children who have asthma that does not require an Emergency Room visit       86%   +5%   73% 96% NA 100% NA
      62% |-----------------| 76%              
6. Middle and high school students who are not at risk for depression         70% +1%   67% 74% 70% 71% 69%
      61% |-----------------| 80%              
7. Children who are in a healthy weight zone         74% +3%   64% 83% 74% 83% 78%
      63% |-----------------| 95%              
8. Children who live within walking distance to a park, playground or open space         91% +5%   90% 96% NA 84% NA
      0% |-----------------| 35%              
9. Schools that have a school nurse or health center         17% NA   NA NA NA NA NA
      57% |-----------------| 82%              
10. Adolescents who feel connected to an adult       72%   +9%   69% 80% 68% 65% 72%
      35% |-----------------| 58%              
11. Elementary and middle school students who are supervised by an adult after school       51%   -6%   NA NA NA NA NA
      60% |-----------------| 87%              
12. Elementary and middle school students who feel safe in their school         74% 0%   NA NA NA NA NA
      25% |-----------------| 46%              
13. High school students who feel safe and have not been victimized at school         37% +19%   30% 44% 29% 41% 35%
      54% |-----------------| 93%              
14. Children who are safe on and around roads       81%   +1%   79% 82% 86% 78% 85%
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
15. Children who have no report of maltreatment within six months of an initial report         95% +2%   95% 94% 98% 98% 100%
      46% |-----------------| 76%              
16. Adolescents who are substance-free         66% -3%   61% 63% 65% 81% 65%
      72% |-----------------| 100%              
17. Children and youth who are safe from homicide       92%   -1%   87% 100% 93% 95% NA
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
18. Youth who are arrested but not for violent crimes         95% 0%   NA NA NA NA NA
      53% |-----------------| 91%              
19. Women who receive prenatal care by the end of the first trimester         89% -1%   86% 93% 86% 91% 88%
      69% |-----------------| 100%              
20. Young children who are read to often     76%     -7%   66% 91% NA 68% 85%
      25% |-----------------| 81%              
21. 3- and 4-year-olds who are enrolled in preschool       50%   +16%   39% 64% 54% 54% 64%
      31% |-----------------| 87%              
22. Children who are not truant         84% +9%   NA NA NA NA NA
      29% |-----------------| 63%              
23. Children who feel connected to their school         48% +30%   42% 56% 36% 45% 48%
      46% |-----------------| 81%              
24. 4th-graders who meet or exceed state standards in English Language Arts         69% +50%   52% 84% 66% 87% NA
      13% |-----------------| 77%              
25. 8th-graders who are enrolled in Algebra       51%   +109%   52% 44% 54% 65% 11%
      69% |-----------------| 90%              
26. 10th-graders who pass the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam         85% +18%   73% 94% 84% 93% 88%
NA - Not Available