Children's health rankings by state

In its annual Kids Count report, the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation children's advocacy group ranked every state according to the health of its children.

The rankings were compiled using four health indicators: rates of low birth weight, insurance coverage, child and teen death rate and rates of teen drug and alcohol abuse. Below are the rankings, with No. 1 indicating the best overall health rating.

  1. Minnesota
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Connecticut
  4. Vermont
  5. Washington
  6. New York
  7. Iowa
  8. Hawaii
  9. California
  10. Illinois
  11. Maine
  12. New Jersey
  13. Rhode Island
  14. Delaware
  15. Pennsylvania
  16. Virginia
  17. Michigan
  18. New Hampshire
  19. Utah
  20. Kansas
  21. Oregon
  22. Kentucky
  23. Ohio
  24. Idaho
  25. Nebraska
  26. Tennessee
  27. North Dakota
  28. Wisconsin
  29. Oklahoma
  30. Maryland
  31. North Carolina
  32. Missouri
  33. South Dakota
  34. South Carolina
  35. Indiana
  36. West Virginia
  37. New Mexico
  38. Georgia
  39. Texas
  40. Arizona
  41. Alaska
  42. Alabama
  43. Colorado
  44. Florida
  45. Nevada
  46. Arkansas
  47. Montana
  48. Mississippi
  49. Louisiana
  50. Wyoming

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