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WalletHub Study: 2014’s Best & Worst States for Underprivileged Children

To study the living and economic conditions of youth in each state
To study the living and economic conditions of youth in each state, WalletHub ranked the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia across 16 key metrics, ranging from infant death rates and children in foster care to child food insecurity rates and percentage of maltreated children. By bringing key issues to the forefront, WalletHub aims to engender change and galvanize groups to act on behalf of society’s future propellers.

Best States for Underprivileged Children
1 New Hampshire
2 Minnesota
3 New Jersey
4 Connecticut
5 Vermont
6 Massachusetts
7 Wisconsin
8 Iowa
9 Utah
10 Virginia

Worst States for Underprivileged Children
42 Kentucky
43 Georgia
44 Alabama
45 South Carolina
46 Arizona
47 New Mexico
48 Arkansas
49 Florida
50 District of Columbia
51 Mississippi

Key Stats
New Mexico’s child food insecurity rate is 3 times higher than North Dakota’s.

The number of homeless persons in families per capita is 24 times higher in the District of Columbia than in Arkansas.

Mississippi’s infant death rate is 2 times higher than Alaska’s.

The percentage of children in foster care is 6 times higher in District of Columbia than in Virginia.

The percentage of children in single-parent families is 3 times higher in the District of Columbia than in Utah.
The percentage of children in households with income below poverty level in the past 12 months is 3 times higher in Mississippi than in New Hampshire.

The percentage of children without health insurance is 11 times higher in Nevada than in Massachusetts.

The percentage of maltreated children is 16 times higher in District of Columbia than in Pennsylvania.
For the full report and to see where your state ranks, please visit: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-underprivileged-children/5403/
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