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Study ranks Connecticut in terms of underprivileged children

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Connecticut is among the best in the country for underprivileged children.

The personal finance website WalletHub said the state ranked 4th on its list of 2015’s best and worst states for underprivileged children.

The site said in light of August being Child Support Awareness Month and the U.S. having the second highest rate of relative child poverty among economically developed nations, it conducted the study.

In order to get its rankings, WalletHub said compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 15 key metrics. Those metrics included infant death rates, food-insecurity rates and the percentage of maltreated children.

Breaking Connecticut’s ranking down further, it said the state is 5th in the percentage of children in households with below-poverty income.

It was 24th in the percentage of maltreated children, 8th in child food insecurity rate and 5th in percentage of children without health insurance.

WalletHub said Connecticut was also 7th in the infant death rate per 1,000 births, 13th in number of homeless persons in families per 100,000 population.

The state saw a 23rd ranking for percentage of children in foster care, a 20th ranking for percentage of children in single-parent families and it finished 16th in the ratio of children living in renter-occupied homes to children living in owner-occupied homes.

Finishing ahead of Connecticut on the overall list was New Hampshire, New Jersey and Minnesota, respectively.

In the 51st spot was the District of Columbia.

To see the complete rankings and methodology, click here for WalletHub’s website.

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