Moments in America
Every 2 seconds during the school year a public school student receives an out-of-school suspension.
Every 9 seconds during the school year a public high school student drops out.*
Every 20 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.
Every 31 seconds a child is arrested.
Every 43 seconds a public school student is corporally punished.*
Every 47 seconds a child is confirmed abused or neglected.
Every 49 seconds a baby is born into poverty.
Every 60 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.
Every 2 minutes a baby is born into extreme poverty.
Every 2 minutes a baby is born at low birthweight.
Every 3 minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.
Every 5 minutes a child is arrested for a drug offense.
Every 9 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.
Every 23 minutes a baby dies before their first birthday.
Every 32 minutes a child or teen is injured or killed with a gun.
Every 39 minutes a child or teen is injured with a gun.
Every hour and 6 minutes a child or teen dies from an accident.
Every 3 hours and 33 minutes a child or teen commits suicide.
Every 5 hours and 33 minutes a child is killed by abuse or neglect.
Every 11 hours and 8 minutes a mother dies from complications of childbirth or pregnancy.
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American Indian and Alaska Native Children
Asian and Pacific Islander Children
*Based on 180 school days a year. See Endnotes in The State of America's Children 2017 for citations. Learn more stats about the state of children in America on our Each Day in America page.