Child Health Status

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 offer a complete picture of a child’s health, it gives a general sense of the child’s health and well-being.

In all locations, approximately 84 percent of children were reported to be in excellent or very good health. The health status of children within each age group did not vary significantly by area of residence, and more than 80 percent of children of all ages in all locations were reported to be in excellent or very good health.

Children’s health status varied more widely across locations with regard to specific racial/ethnic groups. For example, among non-Hispanic Black children, those living in urban and large rural areas were more likely to be reported in excellent or very good health than those in small rural areas (82.6 and 85.3 percent versus 73.3 percent, respectively). With regard to non-Hispanic White children, those in urban areas were more likely than both large and small rural areas to be in excellent or very good health: 91.8 percent of those in urban areas, compared to more than 88 percent of those in large and small rural areas. In all locations, Hispanic children were the least likely to be in excellent or very good health, and this percentage did not vary significantly by location.

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