Wisconsin’s Children At a Glance

  • State Population: 5,536,201
  • Population, Children Under 18: 1,295,995
  • State Poverty Rate: 10.2%
  • Poverty Rate, Children Under 18: 13.9%
  • Poverty Rate, Children Ages 5-17: 12.3%
  • Poverty Rate, Children Under 5: 16.9%

(All statistics are for 2005)

Child Abuse and Neglect

  • In 2004, 9,325 children were substantiated or indicated as abused or neglected in Wisconsin, a rate of 7.1 per 1,000 children, and representing an 8.3% decrease from 2003. Of these children, 28.2% were neglected, 14.0% were physically abused, and 43.3% were sexually abused.
  • In 2004, 11 children died as a result of abuse or neglect in Wisconsin.
  • On September 30, 2004, 7,812 children in Wisconsin lived apart from their families in out-of-home care, compared with 7,824 children on September 30, 2003. In 2004, 26.9% of the children living apart from their families were age 5 or younger, and 18.7% were 16 or older.
  • Of the children in out-of-home care on September 30, 2004, 42.4% were white, 40.1% were black, 8.1% were Hispanic, 2.8% were American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 6.7% were children of other races and ethnicities.