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Best and Worst States, in Child Well-Being Study


The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks every state each year on 10 health indicators for children. Here are the indicators with the states that were best and worst for each one:

Children in poverty

Best: Maryland, New Hampshire, 10 percent.

Worst: Mississippi, 30 percent.

Teen birth rate (births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19)

Best: New Hampshire, 18.

Worst: New Mexico, Texas (tie) 62.

Children in single-parent families

Best: Utah, 18 percent.

Worst: Mississippi, 45 percent.

High-school dropouts (percent of teens 16 to 19)

Best: North Dakota, 3 percent.

Worst: Louisiana, 11 percent.

Teens ages 16 to 19 not working or in school

Best: New Hampshire, 4 percent.

Worst: Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico (tie) 12 percent.

Children with parents who are not working full-time, year-round

Best: North Dakota, 24 percent.

Worst: Louisiana, 43 percent.

Infant mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 births)

Best: Utah, 4.5.

Worst: Mississippi, 11.3.

Child death rate (deaths per 100,000 children ages 1-14)

Best: New Hampshire, 8.

Worst: Louisiana, 34.

Teen death rate (deaths per 100,000 teens ages 15-19)

Best: Hawaii, 37.

Worst: Louisiana, Wyoming (tie) 103.

Low-birthweight babies

Best: Alaska, Oregon, Washington (tie) 6.1 percent.

Worst: Mississippi, 11.8 percent.

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation


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