The annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book was released this week. This study, which looks at a variety of statistics on kids and poverty, was the lead story in Thursday’s edition of The Monroe Evening News.

A snippet:

More children are living in poverty in Monroe County than ever before.

The county’s child poverty rate increased 40 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the latest Kids Count in Michigan Data Book released today.

Monroe County ranked 16th out of 82 counties for child well-being. …

The statistics for 2011, which is the most recent data set available, include:

  • Monroe County Children in poverty: 6,169.
  • Students receiving free or reduced price lunches: 8,953.

If you follow the link to the rest of the article, you will read about corraborating analysis such as the fact that in Monroe Public Schools, the percent of students receiving free or reduced price school lunches during the 2012-13 academic year has jumped to 55 percent. The statistic had been around 50 percent in recent years, and was much lower in the years before the recession.