The survey asked parents to rate their children’s overall health status as excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor. While this indicator does not give a complete picture of a child’s health, it gives a general sense of the child’s health and well-being. In all locations, over 80 percent of children were reported to be in excellent or very good health. This percentage did not vary significantly by location.
In all locations, younger children were more likely than adolescents to be in excellent or very good health. In both small and large rural areas, fewer than 80 percent of children aged 12-17 years were reported to be in excellent or very good health. The health status of children within each age group did not vary substantially by area of residence.
Children’s health status varied more widely across locations within specific racial and ethnic groups. For example, among Black children, 81.2 percent of those living in urban areas were reported to be in excellent or very good health, compared to 72.8 percent of those in small rural areas. This difference is also significant among White children: 91.9 percent of those in urban areas were reported to be in excellent or very good health, compared to 87.7 percent of those in large rural areas and 88.0 percent of those in small rural areas. The group with the poorest reported health status was Hispanic children who primarily speak Spanish, regardless of where they lived.