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Government Resources: Health, Disability, Safety, Nutrition and Fitness: Child Health

Health Status of Children - Summary


  • In 2012, the majority of children in the United States enjoyed excellent health (42 million or 57%), and another 19 million children had very good health (26%).
  • As the level of parent education increased, the percentage of children with excellent health increased.
  • Poverty status was associated with children’s health: 46% of children in poor families were in excellent health compared with 64% of children in families that were not poor.
  • Children with private health insurance were more likely to be in excellent health (64%) than children with Medicaid or other public coverage (48%).
  • Overall, 2% of children were in fair or poor health.
  • Children in poor families were five times as likely to be in fair or poor health (5%) as children in families that were not poor (1%). 

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Children: National Health Interview Survey, 2012. Table 5, Respondent-assessed Health Status.

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