Utah ranks 3rd in kids' well-being

by | Jul. 29, 2009

News from Utah

Utah, a state that promotes the notion that children are No. 1, ranks No. 3 nationwide in a state-by-state status report on the well-being of kids.

The state ranks in the top 10 on seven of 10 measures of how children are doing, according to the 2009 Kids Count data book released Tuesday. Utah is first in both the percentage of children living in families where no parent had full-time, year-round employment and in the share of children in single-parent families.

Utah ranks fourth in both the infant-mortality and child-poverty rates, compared with other states. It is seventh in the percentage of 16- to 19-year-olds who were not in school and not working; eighth in the percent of low-birthweight babies and ninth in the teen death rate, according to 20th annual accounting conducted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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