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I thought it would be interesting to research many different statistics about American children. Here are some of the countless fascinating facts I discovered:
In a NHANES II survey of the Prevalence of Obesity in Children ages 2-19 years
- Ages 2 through 5 – In 1976-1980 study, 5% were obese. In 2003-2006 study, 12.4% were obese.
- Ages 6 through 11 – In 1976-1980 study, 6.5% were obese. In 2003-2006 study,17.0%were obese.
- Ages 12 through 19 – In 1976-1980 study, 5% were obese. In 2003-2006 study, 17.6% were obese.
Experts estimate that two to six children out of every 1,000 will have autism. Males are four times more likely to have autism than females.
We can estimate that up to 500,000 individuals younger than 21 have autism.
The National Association for Gifted Children estimates there are around 3 million academically gifted children in grades K-12 in the U.S. That’s about 6% of the student population.
Students who study music test better. Those who took courses in music performance and music appreciation scored higher in the SAT than those who did not participate in the arts. Music performance students scored 53 points higher on the verbal and 39 points higher on the math.
One child in four in the US grows up not knowing how to read.
85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
The number of elementary school-age children (ages 5 through 13) declined by 381,000 while the number of their high school-age counterparts (ages 14 through 17) increased by 329,000 between 2003 and 2004.
The last census shows that high school graduation rates for women (ages 25 years and older) continued to exceed those of men, 85.4 percent and 84.9 percent, respectively. But 28.9 percent of men had a bachelor’s degree or higher compared to 26.5 percent of women.
Utah, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire and Alaska continued to have the highest proportions of people 25 years and older with a high school diploma or higher (around 92 percent).
Smoking, Alcohol and Substance Abuse
About 40% of adolescents ages 12–17 years have tried smoking cigarettes, including a few puffs, in their lifetime.
Overall, Mexican American adolescents (41%) and non-Hispanic white adolescents (41%) had a higher prevalence of ever having tried smoking cigarettes, compared with non-Hispanic black adolescents (34%)
Sixteen percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years had their first alcoholic drink before age 13. Among those adolescents who had an alcoholic drink, 37% did so before age 13
Eighteen percent of males and 14% of females aged 12–17 years reported drinking before age 13.
Overall, 21% percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years had at least one drink of alcohol during the 30 days before the survey (Table 18).
Females (23%) reported a higher percentage of alcohol use in the past 30 days than males (19%).
Ten percent of adolescents aged 12–17 years had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours on at least one day during the past month (Table 21).
Females (10%) were as likely as males (11%) to have had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours on at least one day during the past month.
Non-Hispanic black adolescents (30%) were least likely to have had at least one drink of alcohol, compared with Mexican American adolescents (42%) and non-Hispanic white adolescents (41%).
Approximately 21% of adolescents aged 12–17 years had ever tried marijuana.
Nearly half (46%) of all 15–19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once.
Teens are waiting longer to have sex than they did in the past. Some 13% of never-married females and 15% of never-married males aged 15–19 in 2002 had had sex before age 15, compared with 19% and 21%, respectively, in 1995
In 2007, the adolescent birth rate was 22.2 per 1,000 adolescents ages 15–17.
the total number of missing children reported to the police and entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 2000 remained at approximately 750,000, or 2,100 children per day, down from 2,200 per day in 1998.
There were 12.9 million one-parent families in 2006 — 10.4 million single-mother families and 2.5 million single-father families.
About 5.7 million children, or 8 percent of the total, lived in a household that included a grandparent in 2006. The majority of these children (3.7 million) lived in the grandparent’s home, and of these, about 60 percent had a parent present.
Hispanic and Asian children under 12 were more likely to eat dinner with a parent every day in a typical week than children who were non-Hispanic white or black children.
On September 30, 2006, there were an estimated 510,000 children in foster care.