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Moments in America for White Children

January 2014

  • Every 5 seconds a public school student is suspended.*
  • Every 24 seconds a high school student drops out.*
  • Every 33 seconds a child is arrested.
  • Every 50 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.
  • Every minute a public school student is corporally punished.*
  • Every 2 minutes a baby is born into poverty.
  • Every 2 minutes a child is abused or neglected.
  • Every 2-and-a-half minutes a baby is born without health coverage.
  • Every 3-and-a-half minutes a baby is born at low birthweight.
  • Every 4 minutes a baby is born into extreme poverty.
  • Every 4-and-a-half minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.
  • Every 5 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.
  • Every 16 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.
  • Every 48 minutes a baby dies before his or her first birthday.
  • Every 2 hours a child dies in an accident.
  • Every 7 hours a child or teen commits suicide.
  • Every 10 hours a child or teen is killed by guns.
  • Every 18 hours a child is killed by abuse or neglect.
  • Every 22 hours a mother dies from complications of childbirth or pregnancy.

*Based on 180 school days a year. See Endnotes in The State of America's Children 2014 for citations.

Learn more stats about the state of children in America on our Each Day in America page.