Best states for underprivileged children (15 items)

By , Deseret News

Aug. 11, 2014

Who classifies as "underprivileged" in America?

According to the personal finance website Wallet Hub, those deprived of basic necessities such food, love and care make up the forgotten of our society. "Such are fundamental rights, not privileges," they wrote in anticipation of International Youth Day, pointing out that many of America's children fail to receive the basic care they deserve.

"In the U.S., a baby is born into poverty every 32 seconds," wrote Wallet Hub's Richie Bernardo.

To shed more light on the issue of child poverty, Wallet Hub ranked each of the 50 states based on how well they care for their "underprivileged children."

According to their website, Wallet Hub took into consideration 16 metrics that they felt indicate the care needed to help children out of poverty. In our list, we've included their "economic well-being" rank, which took into account factors such as poverty rates and homeless rates, as well as their health and education rankings.

We've also included two data points found in the most recent census data: population and poverty rates.

Utah fared well in Wallet Hub's overall ranking, coming in within the top 10 of the best states for underprivileged children.

1 of 15. Idaho

Economic well-being rank: 4

Health rank: 30

Education rank: 32

Population: 1,612,136

Poverty rate: 15.1 percent

2 of 15. Kansas

Economic well-being rank: 13

Health rank: 21

Education rank: 10

Population: 2,893,957

Poverty rate: 13.2 percent

3 of 15. Pennsylvania

Economic well-being rank: 19

Health rank: 10

Education rank: 13

Population: 12,773,801

Poverty rate: 13.1 percent

4 of 15. North Dakota

Economic well-being rank: 7

Health rank: 25

Education rank: 8

Population: 723,393

Poverty rate: 12.1 percent

5 of 15. Nebraska

Economic well-being rank: 14

Health rank: 14

Education rank: 9

Population: 1,868,516

Poverty rate: 12.4 percent
1. Lolly
Lehi, UT,
Aug. 12, 2014

I grew up in a similar situation as these kids. People cared then and they do now. Hooray for Utah!!!

2. Instereo
Eureka, UT,
Aug. 12, 2014

I think it's interesting that the states above Utah on the list actually invest in education and health care for their children. I wonder what would happen in Utah if we actually did the same instead of pushing away Medicaid Expansion or being content with the lowest per student investment in education. We live in a great state with great people and get good results because of that but I think we could do so much better.

3. James E
Tooele, UT,
Aug. 12, 2014

Interesting...so we rank 25th in education and 29th in health, yet 1st in economic well-being. Something isn't matching. Either the assumption that education/health spending equals quality is erroneous or the economic ranking is incorrect. Looking at more objective results, like actual life-expectancy, Utah ranks 10th in health. Very fishy.

4. kiddsport
Fairview, UT,
Aug. 12, 2014

@Instereo- to answer your question what would happen in Utah if we invested in education like New Jersey or New Hampshire? We'd sacrifice our number 1 economic well-being ranking for a higher education ranking that is more likely a reflection of how much is spent rather than academic achievement.
Whenever I see reports such as this, I'm always questioning the premises and data behind the ranking numbers.

5. Kings Court
Alpine, UT,
Aug. 12, 2014

It is interesting to note that the states at the top of the list are liberal states.