Children Now, a bipartisan, nationally recognized children's advocacy group, just released its newest report on the health and education status of California's children. Not surprisingly, Marin County ranks #1 overall, maintaining the distinction of being 'tops' when it comes to the overall health and well being of Marin families and children. In the 2008 State of the State's Children report, Marin County is recognized as the number 1 county in California in all but 4 of 31 categories covering the health and education of children throughout the state.
According to the new study, elementary school children attending schools in Marin County ranked higher than students in any other county in California, consistently meeting or exceeding state standards. Older students made a good showing with the percentage passing the high school exit exams and meeting state university entry requirements surpassing those in other counties.
Marin families also rank highly in socio-economic indicators that enhance quality of life. Families in Marin County tend to have a higher level of employment and a higher per capita family income than other counties in the Bay Area and throughout California. Marin County kids are statistically healthier than their counterparts in the rest of the state, and have good access to medical and dental care.
Marin did fall slightly behind other counties with the availability of childcare for infants and pre-school children. Another interesting statistic reflects that the percentage of children who exercise regularly is slightly lower than would be expected. I say this is an interesting statistic because Marin kids were deemed more physically fit with a lower rate of obesity than children in the rest of the state.
When people are looking for a new home, one of the most important factors to many families is the quality of life and the school system. Real estate in Marin offers the best of everything: outstanding public schools, plenty of recreational opportunities, and, as shown by the Children Now report, a county that stands head and shoulders above others in providing a positive environment for children.