The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book examines the demographic, social, economic and policy factors that influence children’s well-being at the state level, with a focus on children from lower sociodemographic status. In the 25th anniversary report that was released this year, Missouri ranks 29th out of 50 states in the nation. This is down two places from last year’s 27th ranking and three places down from the 26th ranking in 2012. In the domains that calculate the overall rankings, Missouri was 22nd in childhood education, 24th in economic well-being, 27th in community and family supports, and 30th in child health. Among the factors that determine the child health score, Missouri improved in each category compared to the previous year except for one — the percent of children without health insurance.
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