2017’s Best & Worst States For Children’s Health

Raising a child in America is not easy and it’s not cheap either. In fact, it’s more expensive than ever due primarily to health care. While more kids are insured today than at any other point in history, many are having to use the health care options more. Could that be because we aren’t as proactive in preventive health care or could it be other factors?

Either way, the folks at Wallet Hub have comprised a comprehensive list of the best and worst states for our children’s health. Within the list, there were some interesting stats. See below:

Highest Infant Death Rate
5. Georgia
4. Alabama
3. District Of Columbia
2. Delaware
1. Mississippi

Most Pediatricians & Family Doctors Per Capita
5. District of Columbia
4. Vermont
3. Delaware
2. Nebraska
1. Massachusetts

Highest % of Overweight Children (Ages 10-17)
5. Mississippi
4. Georgia
3. New Mexico
2. Louisiana
1. North Dakota

Highest % of Children With Bad Teeth (Ages 1-17)
5. Texas
4. Arizona
3. California
2. New Mexico
1. Nevada

Here’s the complete list of all 51 states and their ranking:

51 Nevada
50 Mississippi
49 Arizona
48 Alaska
47 Texas
46 Montana
45 Georgia
44 Arkansas
43 South Carolina
42 Oklahoma
41 New Mexico
40 Indiana
39 Louisiana
38 Alabama
37 Florida
36 West Virginia
35 Kentucky
34 Tennessee
33 California
32 Wyoming
31 Oregon
30 North Carolina
29 Utah
28 Ohio
27 Virginia
26 Washington
25 Idaho
24 Kansas
23 Wisconsin
22 Michigan
21 Nebraska
20 New York
19 Maryland