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N.Y. ranks 24th on list of states for underprivileged children

Rochester Business Journal
August 11, 2014

New York ranks in the top half of states nationwide for underprivileged children, a report from WalletHub shows.

New York ranked 24th among the 50 states and District of Columbia in 2014’s Best & Worst States for Underprivileged Children, based on 16 key metrics. WalletHub—a social website launched by Evolution Finance that offers financial tools and information for consumers and small business owners—looked at infant death rates, children in foster care, child food insecurity rates and percentage of maltreated children.

New Hampshire ranked first, while Mississippi ranked 51st. The report found Mississippi’s infant death rate is two times higher than Alaska’s, while the percentage of children in foster care is six times higher in the District of Columbia than in Virginia.

New York was 15th in terms of its health ranking and 27th for its education rank. The state has one of the highest percentages of maltreated children, the report found and ranked 50th in terms of the most homeless persons in families per capita.

The lowest percentage of children in households with below-poverty income is in New Hampshire, while the highest percentage is in Mississippi.

The report notes the nation has the second-highest rate of relative child poverty among economically developed nations—just ahead of Romania—and 16.1 million American children are impoverished, according to the Children’s Defense Fund.

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