Report: TN has healthiest yet poorest kids in U.S.

Report calls Tennessee children healthiest and poorest

(WMC-TV)- A new report released Wednesday has good news about the health of children in Tennessee, but it also reveals bad news about their economic well-being.

The Annie E Casey Foundation says Tennessee children are some of the healthiest children in the south.  However, that same report calls children in Tennessee some of the poorest.

Today, Tennessee is ranked 16th in the country for having the healthiest kids.  Arkansas is 37th and Mississippi 48th.  The number one state is Vermont.

Factors that were looked at for the report include teen alcohol and drug abuse, kids living without health insurance, and babies born at low birth weights.

That same report has Tennessee among the poorest kids in the nation because of employment and income, public assistance housing, and poverty statistics.

When it comes to economic well-being, Tennessee is ranked 38th, while Arkansas is 39th, and Mississippi is last.

North Dakota topped the list for economic well-being.

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