Crow Wing County was listed as being close to a state average for several indicators of child well-being, but there were concerns for a higher-than-average rate of school transfers, dropouts and substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect.
Compared to the state's average county for 1998, Crow Wing County had significantly more students changing schools, leaving school or in the abuse and neglect categories. The county also is in the "more than average" category for violent death. The only other category where the county scored just slightly more than average included children receiving subsidized school lunches.
However, the county moved into less than average numbers for serious crime, out-of-home placements, teen mothers and food stamps.
The number of children 18 and younger grew by about 10 percent between 1991 and 1998. The projected population of children in 2005 is expected to be 14,140 from a county population of 54,470.
As a general indicator about the area, the county's 1996 per capita income of $20,244 ranked it 48 among the state's 87 counties.
Numbers reflecting 1998 data in Crow Wing County include:
-- 217 children dropped out of school.
-- 171 were arrested for serious crimes.
-- 163 children were listed as abused or neglected.
-- 174 children were in out-of-home placements.
-- Five children died from homicide, suicide or injuries.
-- 1,417 children received food stamps.
-- 3,124 children received free or reduced price school lunches.
-- 19 children were born to teen-age mothers.
-- 33 babies were born at low birth weights.
-- 2,546 children changed schools.
(Source: Kids Count report)
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