Study: Arizona one of the worst states for a child's well-being

The Annie E. Casey Foundation studied data from the Population Reference Bureau to rank the best and worst states and DC for raising kids. Jose Sepulveda (@josesepulvedatv) has more.

A new study published Tuesday ranked the best and worst states for a child’s overall well-being – and Arizona is at the bottom.

According to the report, when it comes to being the worst for kids, Arizona is in the top 5.

The study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a nonprofit that works to improve the well-being of American children, took a detailed look at 2015 data compiled by the Population Reference Bureau.

The nonprofit used the data to compare states across “key indicators” of a child’s well-being within the overarching topics of economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

“A child’s chances of thriving depend not just on individual, familial and community characteristics, but also on the state in which she or he is born and raised,” the study reads. “States vary considerably in their amount of wealth and other resources. State policy choices and investments also strongly influence children’s chances for success.”

According to the report, Arizona had over 20 percent of children in Arizona were living poverty in 2015 or in a high-poverty neighborhood from 2011 to 2015.

With an overall ranking of 46, Arizona was considered better only than Nevada, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mississippi.

The state’s highest ranking came in health. A previous study said Arizona was one of the worst states for child health care.

For a look at the entire report, visit www.aecf.org.

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