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U.S. Scores Low in Children's Well-Being
United States ranks as #26 out of 29 advanced nations

U.S. Scores Low in Children's Well-Being: The U.S. ranks in the bottom third among 29 advanced nations
U.S. Scores Low in Children's Well-Being according to Gallop Poll
Eighty percent of Americans in 2012 said most children in their country have the opportunity to learn and grow every day, while 66% said they are treated with dignity and respect. Although these figures might seem high, they are actually on the low end among 29 advanced economies where UNICEF studies children's well-being. UNICEF child well-being rank for the United States is #26.

Please Note: The Gallop Poll results are not a factor in the UNICEF ranking.
The Gallop Poll results were from a two question opinion poll. The UNICEF Ranking is made up from studies of five dimensions of well-being: material, health and safety, education, behaviors and risks, and housing and environment.


Country
Child Well-Being
UNICEF Rank
From UNICEF
Opportunity to
Learn and Grow
From Gallop Poll
Treated with
Respect and Dignity
From Gallop Poll
Netherlands 1 87% 81%
Norway 2 93% 83%
Iceland 3 89% 76%
Finland 4 92% 80%
Sweden 5 87% 74%
Germany 6 77% 64%
Luxemburg 7 93% 88%
Switzerland 8 95% 92%
Belgium 9 86% 84%
Ireland 10 89% 80%
Denmark 11 90% 76%
Slovenia 12 74% 76%
France 13 82% 78%
Czech Republic 14 88% 77%
Portugal 15 77% 66%
United Kingdom 16 88% 71%
Canada 17 88% 84%
Austria 18 87% 76%
Spain 19 87% 85%
Hungary 20 78% 70%
Poland 21 75% 67%
Italy 22 84% 79%
Estonia 23 43% 59%
Slovakia 24 87% 75%
Greece 25 47% 61%
United States 26 80% 66%
Lithuania 27 45% 52%
Latvia 28 65% 59%
Romania 29 54% 38%


Well here we are. Supposedly one of the most developed countries on earth and we treat our children like we are some undeveloped country filled with a backwards people. And I'd almost be willing to bet that most of those "backwards people" treat their children better. Why is this? If we fell much further down on the list we'd have to be included with the undeveloped countries. Another first for America!

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U.S. Scores Low in Children's Well-Being
United States ranks as #26 out of 29 advanced nations