If the well-being of Utah’s kids is a measure of the state’s overall fitness, then the 2011 “Kids Count” shows the heavy toll of the recession. For 16 years, Voices for Utah Children has collected data on kids — from infant mortality to teen birth rates — as part of research sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. Year after year, the numbers show Utah generally does well by its kids. The past two years were no different, except for a marked increase in poverty. Salt Lake Tribune
More information from the "Kids Count" project can be found here.