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

The graphic above indicates how children in Santa Clara County are faring compared to children in 57 other counties. The 451,611 children living in Santa Clara County are in the bottom third (red) of performance on 2 indicators, the middle third (yellow) on 7 indicators, and the top third (green) on 17 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 Santa Clara County improving over time?
The well-being of children in Santa Clara 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%   +3%   58% 84% NA 64% 88%
      82% |-----------------| 99%              
2. Children who have health insurance         96% 0%   95% 99% 85% 95% 99%
      76% |-----------------| 94%              
3. Children who see a dentist regularly         90% +10%   87% 91% NA 92% 97%
      13% |-----------------| 85%              
4. Newborns who are breastfed exclusively while in the hospital       62%   +17%   56% 75% 54% 59% 71%
      44% |-----------------| 100%              
5. Children who have asthma that does not require an Emergency Room visit         91% +15%   81% 94% NA NA NA
      62% |-----------------| 76%              
6. Middle and high school students who are not at risk for depression         71% +3%   66% 75% 70% 73% 68%
      61% |-----------------| 80%              
7. Children who are in a healthy weight zone         74% +9%   62% 81% 69% 82% 76%
      63% |-----------------| 95%              
8. Children who live within walking distance to a park, playground or open space         90% +2%   89% NA NA 85% 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     68%     +8%   65% 77% 63% 63% 71%
      35% |-----------------| 58%              
11. Elementary and middle school students who are supervised by an adult after school         53% -5%   NA NA NA NA NA
      60% |-----------------| 87%              
12. Elementary and middle school students who feel safe in their school         75% +1%   NA NA NA NA NA
      25% |-----------------| 46%              
13. High school students who feel safe and have not been victimized at school         35% +9%   28% 42% 31% 39% 31%
      54% |-----------------| 93%              
14. Children who are safe on and around roads         85% +3%   78% 88% 75% 91% 89%
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
15. Children who have no report of maltreatment within six months of an initial report       93%   0%   93% 94% 86% 97% 100%
      46% |-----------------| 76%              
16. Adolescents who are substance-free         68% -1%   58% 66% 66% 83% 65%
      72% |-----------------| 100%              
17. Children and youth who are safe from homicide       95%   +1%   91% 98% NA NA NA
      78% |-----------------| 100%              
18. Youth who are arrested but not for violent crimes     78%     -5%   NA NA NA NA NA
      53% |-----------------| 91%              
19. Women who receive prenatal care by the end of the first trimester         84% -2%   78% 90% 77% 87% 86%
      69% |-----------------| 100%              
20. Young children who are read to often       86%   +10%   85% 89% NA 87% 77%
      25% |-----------------| 81%              
21. 3- and 4-year-olds who are enrolled in preschool         56% +17%   41% 67% 48% 63% 64%
      31% |-----------------| 87%              
22. Children who are not truant         83% +4%   NA NA NA NA NA
      29% |-----------------| 63%              
23. Children who feel connected to their school       44%   +26%   35% 54% 36% 45% 42%
      46% |-----------------| 81%              
24. 4th-graders who meet or exceed state standards in English Language Arts         69% +35%   46% 85% 54% 86% NA
      13% |-----------------| 77%              
25. 8th-graders who are enrolled in Algebra         58% +38%   52% 67% 51% 59% 30%
      69% |-----------------| 90%              
26. 10th-graders who pass the English portion of the California High School Exit Exam         83% +15%   69% 94% 77% 91% 86%
NA - Not Available