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Child health varies by metropolitan area.

The well-being of children varies by racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas, a new report finds.

The report, released in January by Diversitydata. org, found that in cities across the country, black and Hispanic children face particularly severe challenges when compared to white and Asian children. The report found that black children fared worst for indicators of health, family income, home ownership, the rate of home ownership in their neighborhoods, residential and school segregation and school poverty.

In few instances did the very best metro areas for black and Hispanic children perform close to the average level for white children. And the study found that black children encountered difficulties from birth. In 90 percent of metro areas, the share of low-birthweight babies born to black mothers was more than 9 percent, much higher than the national target of 5 percent. In 60 percent of metro areas, the pre-term birth rate for blacks was more than 15 percent, a rate found in no metro areas for other groups.

For a copy of the report, "Children Left Behind: How Metropolitan Areas are Failing American Children," visit <http://diversitydata.org>.
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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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