It's no cliche: There is definitely good news and bad for Utah children in the annual Kids Count report compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for the 24th year. In one criterion, the good news is still bad.
The comprehensive report looks at 16 criteria that make up the quality of life for children in the United States. Overall, Utah is ranked 14th. Results of half the criteria worsened for Utah kids since the previous report, though, including the percentage of children in poverty, children whose parents lack secure employment, children in households with a high housing-cost burden, teens not in school and not working, fourth-graders not proficient in reading, low-birth-weight babies, children in single-parent families and children living in high-poverty areas.
However, even in some areas that grew more grim for Utah children, the Beehive State's statistics were better than the nation as a whole.