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Report Finds Big Disparities in Well-Being of U.S. Kids
Date:4/2/2008

15 and 19, compared with children living in Vermont.

Children in Louisiana are also three times more likely to be born to a teenage mother and five times more likely to have mothers who received late or no prenatal care, than children in Vermont.

And children in Louisiana are more likely to live in poverty with no health insurance than children in Vermont. Louisiana children are also eight times more likely end up in jail and 13 times more likely to die from abuse and neglect, according to the report.

The 10 states at the bottom of the list are: Arizona (41); South Dakota (42); Nevada (43); Arkansas (44); South Carolina (45); Texas (46); Oklahoma (47); New Mexico (48); Mississippi (49); and Louisiana (50).

The 10 top states are: Vermont (1); Massachusetts (2); Connecticut (3); Rhode Island (4); New Hampshire (5); Hawaii (6); Iowa (7); Minnesota (8); Washington (9); and Maine (10).

Other key findings contained in the report:

  • Children in the bottom 10 states are 70 percent more likely to die before reaching 1 year of age.
  • Children in the bottom 10 states are twice as likely to die by age 14.
  • Women in the bottom 10 states are twice as likely to get inadequate prenatal care.
  • Children in the bottom 10 states are twice as likely to live in poverty.
  • Children in bottom 10 states are 6.7 times more likely to die from abuse and neglect.
  • Children in bottom 10 states are 2.8 times more likely to be uninsured.
  • Teens in the bottom 10 states are twice as likely to have children of their own.
  • Teens in the bottom 10 states are twice as likely to die between 15 and 19 years of age.
  • Children of the bottom 10 states are more than twice as likely to be in jail.

According to the report, a number of factors play a role in the disparity between states. These include political culture, where the bottom states tend to see
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