What the data tell us about being in a kid in America
The best state to be a kid is Minnesota, followed by Massachusetts and Iowa, according to the 2016 Kids Count Data Book compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The worst state to be a kid is Mississippi, followed by New Mexico and Louisiana.
The annual scorecard looks at four key areas of child well-being — economic, education, health and family & community — and then looks at four key data indicators under each of those headings. Under education, for instance, the report looks at young children not in school, fourth-grade reading competency, eighth-grade math scores, and on-time high school graduation.
This report compares 2008 to 2014, picking up at the beginning and end of the Great Recession.