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2/04/02

Florida's Ranking Among the 50 States

Poverty & Welfare:

  • #17 in Poverty Rate (Population in Poverty), 1999. Florida was ranked 16th in 1992
  • #28 in Percent of Senior Citizens Living in Poverty.
  • #18 in Percent of Children (17 years and under) Living in Poverty, 1999 and #17 in Percent of School Age (5 to 17) Children Living in Poverty, 1990.
  • #25 in Percent of Families Living in Poverty, 1999. #44 in Per Capita State and Local Government Expenditures for Public Welfare Programs, 1997. Florida was ranked 37th in 1991.
  • #45 in State and Local Government Spending for Public Welfare Programs as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures, 1997. Florida was Ranked 39th in 1991.
Health:
  • #7 in the Percent of Population Not Covered by Health Insurance, 1999. Florida was ranked 6th in 1992
  • #27 in Percent of Population Lacking Access to Primary Care, 2000. Florida ranked 36th in 1999.
  • #13 in Births of Low Birthweight as a Percent of All Births, 1999. Florida ranked #17 in 1991.
  • #25 in Percent of Mothers Receiving Late or No Prenatal Care, 1998. Florida ranked 27th in 1996.
  • #1 in Violent Crime Rate (Violent Crimes per 100,000 population. Florida was ranked number one in 1987, 1992, 19993, 1994, 19995, 1997, and 1999
Education:
  • # 36 in Expenditures for Elementary and Secondary Education as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures, 1997. Florida ranked number 25 in 1991.
  • #38 in Expenditures per Pupil in Elementary and Secondary Schools ($5,737), 2000. In 1990 was #24.
  • #39 in Per Capita State and Local Government Expenditures for Elementary and Secondary Education in 1997. Florida ranked 24th in 1991.
  • #45 in Expenditures for Education as a Percent of All State and Local Government Expenditures, 1997. Florida was ranked 40th in 1991.
  • #7 in Pupil-Teacher Ratio in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools (high ranking means more students per teacher). Florida ranked 10th in 1994.
    2000- National Ratio was 16.2 to 1; Florida was 18.1 to 1.
  • #29 in Average Salary of Teachers in 1999 and 1993 (no change).
  • #49 in Public High School Graduation Rate (51.7%), 2000. Florida ranked 48th in 1990 (61.5%).
  • #36 in Percent of Population Graduated from College, 2000. Florida ranked 31st in Percent of Population completing Four or More Years of College, 1991.
  • #38 in ACT Average Composite Scores, 2001. Florida ranked 35th in 1994.
  • #46 in SAT Average Composite Scores, 2001. Florida ranked 40th in 1991.
In Case You Missed it:

Enron made significant political contributions to many Florida State Legislators in the last year. If you would like to see to who and how much, visit the Coalition's web site at: www.floridacdc.org/policy/enron

Hats Off to:
Steve Graziani and Tom Griffith. Revitalizing Communities, a video profile of seven CDCs in Broward County, won the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2002 Made-In-Miami Film & Video Festival. Revitalizing Communities was sponsored by the South Florida Community Development Coalition, produced by Steve Graziani, directed by Thomas Griffith and made possible with funding from CitiBank, the Citigroup Foundation, Comerica Bank, Northern Trust Bank, and Chase Manhattan Bank. Also, the Graziani-Griffith production, Rope Art, won Best Dramatic Feature.
University of Miami Students who have pressured U of M administration to investigate adoption of a Living Wage policy for university staff and contracted personnel with an extensive petition campaign.