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Survey ranks state 49th in U.S. for well-being of children

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A new national survey ranks Mississippi 49th overall for the well-being of children.

The Anne E. Casey Foundation has done its Kids Count survey 24 years, and this is the first time Mississippi has not ranked 50th. New Mexico is in that spot now.

The survey says Mississippi ranks 48th in education and health, showing improvements in both areas. The state ranked 50th in economic well-being and family and community issues.

It says 32 percent of Mississippi children lived in poverty in 2011, compared to 23 percent nationally.

In 2009-2010, 36 percent of Mississippi high school students were not graduating on time, compared 22 percent in the nation.

In Mississippi, 12.1 percent of babies born in 2010 had low birth weight. The national rate was 8.1 percent.

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