Not all states are created equal and some states are considerably more dangerous – for a number of reasons – for children, which is why there is a continued focus on the amount of underprivileged children in each state.

But where does the Peach state fall? In this week’s Map Monday, we take a look.

WalletHub, a personal-finance website released the study last week as part of its recognition of Child Support Awareness month. According to WalletHub, The U.S., in fact, has the seventh highest rate of child poverty — over 29 percent — among economically developed countries. And according to the Children’s Defense Fund, a child is abused or neglected every 47 seconds and the total costs of maltreatment per year reach $80.3 billion.

In examining the state of each state’s environment for children (ages 0 to 17), WalletHub compared socio-economic welfare, health, and education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. WalletHub used a weighted scale for 26 different conditions, including households with below-poverty income and the number of children in foster care to child food-insecurity rate, share of maltreated children, and infant mortality rate.*

The top 5 states for their number of underprivileged children are:

Overall Rank* State Total Score ‘Socio-economic Welfare’ Rank ‘Health’ Rank ‘Education’ Rank
1 District of Columbia 61.67 1 13 18
2 New Mexico 60.26 5 11 1
3 West Virginia 58.50 2 7 21
4 Mississippi 57.87 3 1 16
5 Louisiana 57.31 4 12 3


Meanwhile, the states with the fewest underprivileged children include:

47 Maryland 27.25 41 42 47
48 Minnesota 27.09 46 48 35
49 Connecticut 25.04 40 44 50
50 New Hampshire 23.73 50 50 37
51 New Jersey 19.95 45 51 51


Georgia ranked 18th for the most underprivileged children by state.

Among the findings, Georgia ranked:
•    11th – % of Children in Households with Below-Poverty Income
•    13th – Child Food-Insecurity Rate
•    9th – % of Uninsured Children
•    9th – Infant Mortality Rate
•    8th – % of Children in Single-Parent Families

(1=Most; 25=Avg; 50=Worst)

See the map below. (Story continues below the map)

Source: WalletHub
*Information compiled from Census Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Education Statistics, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Equality of Opportunity Project, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Institute for Early Education Research, Feeding America and WalletHub research.
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Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as agricultural news. She has a background in Political Science, with a focus in local government, and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She's a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."


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