Few things are more gratifying than brand-new data that validates your life choices.
This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation published its 26th annual Kids Count report, an investigation into trends in health, education and economic well-being among the nation’s kids.
For the headline-making part of their report, the foundation’s researchers ranked the states on 16 indicators of child well-being: children in poverty, educational attainment, single-parent families, low-birth-weight babies, kids without health insurance, school test scores, etc. They then mashed all these rankings up into a composite score, using pretty standard statistical methods, to come up with an overall rank of the best states in the United States for child well-being — the best places to raise a kid, in other words.
– The Washington Post