Friday, July 25, 2014
Massachusetts Tops US in Study of Children’s Well-Being
Well done, Massachusetts.
But there's still lots of work to be done.
Young people have a better chance to thrive in Massachusetts than in any other state, according to a national analysis of children’s overall well-being.
Nearly all children in the state, 99 percent, have health insurance. Reading and math proficiency rates exceed the national average.
About 1 in 7 children live in poverty, compared with about 1 in 5 nationwide, according to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation “ Kids Count” report, released Tuesday.
Several other New England states fared well in the rankings. Vermont placed second, with New Hampshire and Connecticut also in the top 10.
Mississippi placed last.