Child Welfare Statistics by Country

Color Coding Key
GREEN Ranked 1st for statistic
RED Ranked last for statistic

The United States scores last by over five points in the UNICEF report on children's rights and well-being among the 12 advanced democracies compared here.

  Child well-being average ranking* 1. Material well-being 2. Health and safety 3. Education 4. Behaviors and risks 5. Housing and environment
Canada 16.6 15 27 14 16 11
Denmark 11.8 12 23 7 2 15
France 12.8 10 10 15 13 16
Germany 9.0 11 12 3 6 13
Italy 19.2 23 17 25 10 21
Netherlands 2.4 1 5 1 1 4
Norway 4.6 3 7 6 4 3
Sweden 6.2 5 2 11 5 8
United Kingdom 15.8 14 16 24 15 10
United States 24.8 26 25 23 23 20


View UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 11View Graphical Data

An overview of child well-being in rich countries A comprehensive assessment of the lives and well-being of children and adolescents in the economically advanced nations, 2013

*The average ranking is based on 5 dimensions (which share the same source as the average ranking, see pdf link above), each of which has more than one indicator. Australia and Japan did not have enough data for all dimensions.

Dimension 1 is material well-being.View Graphical Data

Material well-being has two components:

  1. Monetary deprivation (relative child poverty rate and relative child poverty gap)
  2. Material deprivation (child deprivation rate and low family affluece rate).

Dimension 2 is health and safety.View Graphical Data

Heath and safety has three components:

  1. Health at birth (infant mortality rate and low birthweigh rate)
  2. Preventive health services (percentage of children age 12 to 23 months immunized against measles, DPT, and polio)
  3. Child mortality (death rate for children 1 - 19)

Dimension 3 is education.View Graphical Data

Education has two components:

  1. Participation (particpation rates in early childhood education and further education, ages 15-19, and percentage of children from 15-19 not enrolled in education, employment, or training)
  2. Achievement (average PISA scores for math, reading, and science)

Dimension 4 is behaviors and risks.View Graphical Data

Behaviors and risks has three components:

  1. Health behaviors (percentage of children who eat breakfast, percentage who eat fruit daily, percentage physically active, percentage overweight)
  2. Risk behaviors (percentage of 15 year-olds who smoke, percentage who have been drunk more than twice, percentage who consume cannabis, percentage having sex by age 15, percentage who use condoms, teenage fertility rate)
  3. Exposure to violence (percentage of 11, 13 and 15 year-olds involved in fighting in last 12 months, percentage reporting being bullied in last 2 months)

Dimension 5 is Housing and environment.View Graphical Data

Housing and envrionment has two components:

  1. Housing (rooms per person and multiple housing problems)
  2. Environmental safety (homicidal rate and environmental pollution)


This is the most sophisticated of all indicator measurements, as it gets into complex institutions and a large number of policies. It would also be helpful to see a few simple isolated indicators, like number of children in single parent households and number of children below poverty line.

State of America's Children 2014. Children's Defense Fund

The Child Defense Fund is an organization dedicated to making a diference in childrens' lives living in the US. Visit their page and learn about the lives of children in America.