The Childhood Report produced by Save the Children ranks Carroll County fifth of more than 2,600 counties based on how well they protect and provide for children.
The Childhood Report is the first-ever ranking of United States counties where children are most and least prioritized based on four factors: child hunger, poor education, teenage pregnancy, and early death due to ill health, accident, murder, or suicide. Maryland ranks 10th out of the 50 states with 18 counties ranking above average, but also showed some of the most extreme inequalities between the 24 jurisdictions in the state.
Carroll (#5), Calvert (#46), Queen Anne’s (#47), and Howard (#68) counties all rank within the top 100 counties in the nation. Other Maryland counties ranked above average include Frederick, St. Mary’s, Harford, Montgomery, Charles, Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Cecil, Kent, Worcester, Washington, Talbot, Garrett, and Prince George’s.