In an ideal world, all children would live worry-free and have access to their basic needs: nutritious food, a good education, quality health care and a secure home. Emotionally, they all would feel safe and be loved and supported by caring adults. When all such needs are met, children have a better chance of a stable and happy adult life. But in reality, not every child is so privileged — even in the richest and most powerful nation in the world.
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.
To determine where children are most disadvantaged, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key indicators of neediness. Our data set ranges from share of children in households with below-poverty income to child food-insecurity rate to share of maltreated children.
Welfare of Children in Arizona (1=Most Underpriveleged; 25=Avg.):
- 11th in percentage of Children in Households with Below-Poverty Income
- 8th in Child Food-Insecurity Rate
- 4th in percentage of Uninsured Children
- 8th in percentage of Children in Foster Care
- 12th in percentage of Children in Single-Parent Families
- 16th in Child & Youth Homeless Rate
Read the full report here.