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AL ranks 5th on list of states with worst child poverty rates

Children's Defense Fund data shows Alabama has a 27.2% child poverty rate. (Source: MGN Online) Children's Defense Fund data shows Alabama has a 27.2% child poverty rate. (Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Children's Defense Fund analysis of new 2013 state data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals child poverty rates remain at record high levels.

Alabama finds itself at number five on the group's list of the ten worst states for Child poverty, with an estimated 297,591 children classified as poor. That equates to a poverty rate of 27.2 percent.

Mississippi rated as the worst state overall with a 34 percent rate. New Hampshire was listed at the best state, with 10.2 percent.

Ten Best States for Child Poverty


 Ten Worst States for Child Poverty




State

2013 Number of Poor Children

2013 Child Poverty Rate


State

2013 Number of Poor Children

2013 Child Poverty Rate

New Hampshire

27,122

10.2


Mississippi

246,298

34.0

North Dakota

19,070

12.0


New Mexico

156,610

31.2

Alaska

22,377

12.1


Arkansas

202,456

29.0

Wyoming

18,187

13.2


Louisiana

304,244

27.7

Hawaii

40,288

13.3


South Carolina

291,832

27.5

Maryland

180,351

13.6


Alabama

297,591

27.2

Minnesota

176,719

14.0


West Virginia

100,008

27.0

Connecticut

112,723

14.5


Tennessee

389,536

26.5

Utah

130,345

14.8


Georgia

650,910

26.5

Vermont

18,697

15.3


Arizona

421,100

26.5

"Child poverty is a moral blight on America," said Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund. "That children are the poorest, most vulnerable age group is disgraceful and we must protect them with a national floor of decency. Children of color and those under six during the years of rapid brain development are the poorest. Five years into the recovery poor children in the majority of states still have not benefited. We need to make sure political leaders asking for our votes this campaign season make voiceless, voteless children a priority. If we want to build a strong workforce, military and economy, we can and must end child poverty now."

Click here for the full report, "New Children's Defense Fund Complete Analysis for National Poverty."

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