LOS ANGELES, CA - Every parent wants the best for their children. A safe house, a good school, healthy food. But have you ever wondered if you have given them the best state to grow up in? A study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks the most “kid friendly” states.
They use a carefully developed methodology to tally each state's composite score in four main categories: Economic and health conditions, education, and quality of communities. Minnesota has come in first place two years in a row. Other top contenders are: Massachusetts at number 2, Iowa, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Meanwhile these states rounded out the bottom of the list:
46. Alabama 47. Nevada 48. Louisiana 49. New Mexico 50. Mississippi
New Mexico had the highest rate of children in poverty -- 30 percent across the state, while just 15 percent of kids in Minnesota fall below the poverty line.Ten percent of Mississippi teens aren't in school and aren't working, which is more than double Minnesota's rate. A third of Mississippi high schoolers don't graduate on time.
So what do you think, parents? Should you move? If you don't, at least now you have this information so you can keep an eye on whether or not your child is falling behind.