The personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s States with the Most Underprivileged Children.

In order to bring awareness to the plight of millions of underprivileged children across the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key measures of neediness. The data set ranges from share of children in households with below-poverty income to child food-insecurity rate to share of maltreated children.

Source: WalletHub

States with the Most Underprivileged Kids

1. Mississippi

2. District of Columbia

3. Nevada

4. New Mexico

5. Louisiana

6. Arizona

7. Alaska

8. West Virginia

9. Oregon

10. Arkansas

Key Stats

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  • Mississippi has the highest child food-insecurity rate, 26.3 percent, which is 2.8 times higher than in North Dakota, the state with the lowest at 9.4 percent.
  • Mississippi has the most infant deaths (per 1,000 live births), nine, which is 2.3 times more than in New Hampshire, the state with the fewest at four.
  • Alaska has the highest share of children in foster care, 1.41 percent, which is 5.6 times higher than in Virginia, the state with the lowest at 0.25 percent.
  • Mississippi has the highest share of children in households with incomes below poverty level in the past 12 months, 31.8 percent, which is 2.7 times higher than in New Hampshire, the state with the lowest at 11.8 percent.
  • Nevada has the highest share of uninsured children aged 0 to 17, 13.0 percent, which is 8.7 times higher than in Massachusetts, the state with the lowest at 1.5 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest share of maltreated children, 2.22 percent, which is 16 times higher than in Pennsylvania, the state with the lowest at 0.14 percent.

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