WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015's best and worst states for underprivileged children. The U.S. has the second highest rate of relative child poverty among economically developed nations and Mississippi was the second worst state for underprivileged children in this study.
WalletHub compared 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to assess the living and economic conditions of young people across the U.S. It also used 15 key metrics including infant death rates, child food-insecurity rates and the percentage of maltreated children.
Here are the key statistics for Mississippi:
- 51st – percent of children in households with below-poverty income
- 31st – percent of maltreated children
- 50th – child food-insecurity rate
- 35th – percent of children without health insurance
- 51st – infant-death rate per 1,000 births
- 21st – percent of children in foster care
- 50th – percent of children in single-parent families
- 41st – ratio of children living in renter-occupied homes to children living in owner-occupied homes
For the full report, click here.