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MAP MONDAY: States with the Most At-Risk Youth

While Georgia’s score for Education & Employment was near the top, we came in second-to-last in the Health Rank.

Most people don’t know that roughly one in nine individuals between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither working nor attending school. Others suffer from poor health conditions that hinder their ability to develop physically or socially.

But some states are worse off than others, so what factors into what makes a state a less conducive environment for youth? We take a look in this week’s Map Monday.

Personal financial website WalletHub recently evaluated the 50 states and Washington D.C. across 15 key indicators of youth risk to determine the places where young Americans are not faring as well as others in the same age group. Among the considerations: disconnected youth, youth with no high school diploma, labor force participation, poverty rate, teen pregnancy, and homelessness.

See the interactive map below.

Source: WalletHub
The Top 10 States for Most At-Risk Youth are as follows:
Overall Rank
(1=Most at Risk)
State Total Score ‘Education & Employment’ Rank ‘Health’ Rank
1 Louisiana 65.26 1 33
2 District of Columbia 61.83 3 23
3 Mississippi 61.37 2 38
4 Arkansas 60.76 4 25
5 Nevada 59.56 5 26
6 West Virginia 59.38 7 18
7 Oregon 58.64 22 2
8 Wyoming 57.28 13 7
9 Oklahoma 57.02 15 6
10 New Mexico 55.41 6 43

 

Contrarily, the 10 states with the least at-risk youth are as follows:

42 Rhode Island 38.65 39 32
43 Connecticut 37.06 48 13
44 Virginia 35.72 43 34
45 Maryland 35.60 47 28
46 Hawaii 35.39 31 49
47 New Hampshire 34.82 51 3
48 Utah 31.97 41 47
49 Minnesota 31.69 49 35
50 Massachusetts 31.19 50 14
51 New Jersey 29.08 46 48

 

So where does the Peach State fall?

Georgia ranked No. 31 with an ‘Education & Employment Rank’ of No. 9, but we ranked worst – No. 50 – in the ‘Health Rank.’

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