Young children in Rhode Island are more ethnically diverse than ever before. That according to new data from Rhode Island Kids Count.
Fewer than three out of every five Rhode Island kids under age five now identify as white. That’s a huge drop from their grandparents’ generation. 91 percent of state residents who are 65 and older identify as white. Kids Count released the numbers as part of a new report on infants, toddlers and their families.
The report finds that roughly a quarter of Rhode Island’s young children live in poverty, just higher than the national average. The Ocean State had one of the lowest birthrates in the country in 2013. The birthrate has dropped 18 percent since 2003.
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