Report: Children in Appalachia worse off

APPALACHIA MAP
Graphic shows location of Appalachian region of U.S.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new report from a child welfare organization shows that children in Ohio’s Appalachian counties are worse off than kids in inner-city neighborhoods.

The report from the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio says children in Ohio’s eastern and southern counties are increasingly at a disadvantage. They are more likely to suffer from hunger, obesity and a lack of health care than kids in the rest of the state.

The report shows that just over 28 percent of children in Ohio’s 32-county Appalachian region live in poverty, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Statewide, child poverty rates increased 39 percent from 2002 to 2012. Youth poverty increased 136 percent in Appalachian counties, compared with 50 percent in the state’s other counties.

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