Mississippi steady in annual child well-being ranking

STARKVILLE, Miss. — An annual report again rates Mississippi as 48th in child well-being.

The survey found little change from last year, although Mississippi has shown improvements over the last decade, with fewer children in poverty, more high school students graduating on time and fewer teen births.

The Kids Count analysis released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation focuses on economic, education, health, family and community trends for children over a roughly seven-year period ending in 2017.

Mississippi still struggles with 27% of children living in poverty and nearly a quarter living in neighborhoods surrounded by other poor people. Mississippi Kids Count co-director Linda Southward urges policymakers to seek ways to lift families from poverty.

The state’s child and teen death rate has worsened since 2010, while low birth-weight babies have improved.

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