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'Kids Count' ranking shows improvements in Oklahoma, Texas

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Texas and Oklahoma ranked near the bottom in the 2019 Kids Count Data Book. (Annie E. Casey Foundation) Texas and Oklahoma ranked near the bottom in the 2019 Kids Count Data Book. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The latest national report on the well-being of children by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Oklahoma and Texas have improved economic, health, education and social factors for children, although the states remain in the bottom 20 percent of the rankings.

The Kids Count report released Monday ranks Oklahoma 42nd among the 50 states, an improvement from 44th a year ago. The current ranking is based on data from 2017.

Texas is a tick better, in 41st place, an improvement from 43rd a year ago. 

Oklahoma showed improvement with:

  • lower percentages of children in poverty 
  • low-birth weight babies 
  • the childhood and teen death rate 
  • the teen birth rate
  • alcohol and drug abuse 
  • an increase in the percentage of children who have health insurance

Texas showed improvement with:

  • lower percentages of children in poverty
  • the teen birth rate
  • the number of children living in single parent families 
  • an increase in the percentage of children who have health insurance

The report also shows an increase in the percentage of children in single parent families.

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