According to Children Now, an organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education within California, when looking at figures countywide, 43,015 children live in Madera County, with 73% Latino, 21% White, 2% African-American,1% Asian, 3% other. The average family income is $51,463, 32% of families can afford basic living expenses, and 34% of children live in poverty.
The county received two-and-a-half stars out of five in the area of education, the same for health, and three stars for child welfare and economic well-being. These ratings show the county’s ability to meet the educational needs of children, and are based on standardized scoring.
There were only two California counties to receive a four-star rating - Marin and El Dorado; and Kern County, with only two out of five stars, was ranked the lowest.