The Kids Count in Michigan 2017 Data Book was released in February, 2017. The 2017 Kids Count report examines county level trends in child well-being and this year’s book titled “2017 Kids Count in Michigan Data Book: A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive’’ focuses on economic issues and the growing disparities that exist. The report ranks the 83 counties on 15 measures of child well-being with No. 1 ranking being the best in the state. Trends over time are available for 15 indicators and breakouts for rural, midsized and urban counties are also available for comparison purposes. Branch, Hillsdale and St. Joseph Counties are considered mid-sized counties by definition in this report, having populations that fall within the 20,000 to 65,000 range.