This data tool offers 27 national and state-level indicators of Latino child well-being, including demographic, health, education, housing, income, and juvenile justice variables. It is a valuable resource for advocates, policymakers, researchers, reporters and others seeking to understand the trends and challenges facing America’s Latino children through time and across the nation.
For most indicators in the Data Explorer, data for Latino youth are compared with data for non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and non-Hispanic “other” youth. Children in the “other” category include those who are American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and those identifying with two more races. Data for children in these racial/ethnic groups were combined into a single “other” category because reliable state-level estimates were generally not available.
For many indicators, data are also disaggregated by age group (0–2, 0–4, 0–8, and 0–17). Most of the data for young children (e.g., 0-to-2-year olds or 0-to-8-year olds) are presented as three-year estimates in order to increase the reliability of the data. For example, data for 0-to-2-year olds living in low-income families are shown for the 2012-2014 period.
Most of the data in this report are derived from federal data sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the National Center for Health Statistics, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Because of various limitations in these data, options for different age groups, years, states, and/or racial/ethnic groups may be unavailable in certain cases.
All of the survey-based estimates are subject to both sampling and non-sampling error. Asterisks are displayed next to estimates that are deemed to be unreliable (i.e., the margin of error is 10 percentage points or more). Data users should use caution in making comparisons between estimates that have been identified as being unreliable.