Percentage of Children In Low-Income Families Drops

Laramie, WY – A lower percentage of children in Wyoming are living in poverty but low-income families are spending more of their income on housing.

That's according to a national report on child well-being. Overall, Wyoming improved from being ranked 28th last year in the annual Kids Count report to 25th this year.

The number of children living in poverty in Wyoming has declined from 15 percent in 2000 to 11 percent in 2005.

But Marc Homer, Kids Count coordinator with the nonprofit Wyoming Children's Action Alliance, points out that while Wyoming's energy boom has improved pay in the state, the boom also has driven up housing prices.

Homer says Wyoming needs to invest more in early childhood education, health care and other programs that will help struggling families.