New England states receive high marks for child well-being

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New England can boast three of the top five states in the nation for children’s overall well-being, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy foundation based in Baltimore.

Minnesota earned the top spot for child well-being, based on the foundation’s composite index from data across four domains: (1) economic well-being; (2) access to education; (3) health; and (4) family and community.

Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut all secured spots in the top five, with Massachusetts coming in second and New Hampshire and Connecticut ranking fourth and fifth, respectively. Vermont was right behind at number six on the list. Maine clocked in at 17 and Rhode Island at 27.

The list is a project of the foundation’s Kids Count Data Center, which collects data on child and family well-being across the United States.

In the individual categories, Massachusetts ranked 11 in economic well-being, first in education, fourth in health, and eighth in family and community.

See how your state ranks on the Kids Count Index in each category here.