New Mexico Rated Worst State To Raise Healthy Kids

New Mexico Rated Worst State To Raise Healthy Kids

State Receives Lowest Score In Several Categories

The data scientists at Care.com recently investigated which states are doing the best job at keeping kids healthy. Analysts compared data from the 50 states, then ranked them according to their scores in the following three categories: health and safety, education and child care, and socioeconomic conditions.

New Mexico received the worst overall score out of all 50 states. The state also received the worst score in the categories of “Education and Child Care” and “Socioeconomic Conditions”.

The “Socioeconomics” category includes the unemployment rate, housing affordability, participation in SNAP and the percentage of children living below the poverty line. “Education and Child Care” includes the average percentage of students at or above proficiency in math and reading, high school graduation rates, child care availability, child care quality and child care cost.

A score of 47 out of 50 was received in “Health and Safety”, which includes air quality, hospital quality, the number of pediatricians per 10,000 children, infant mortality rate, violent crime rate, the percentage of children at healthy weight and the percentage of children without health insurance.

The New England states were rated as being the best for children. The region had three of its states sweep the first- through third-place rankings for “Overall Health” and had five states make it into the Top 10.

New Hampshire won the title of “Healthiest State for Children” because it earned solid scores across all three categories. In second place was Vermont, due in large part to its number one rank in the “Health and Safety” category.

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