Vermont Ranks 2nd In Kid’s Well-Being

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Improvements in children’s health and education have helped Vermont rank second in the country in kids’ well-being, according to an annual report, but poverty continues to be a problem.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count report released Monday shows Vermont improved in eight areas, including the percentage of children with health insurance and rate of teen births. But it fell slightly in economic factors, such as the percentage of children with parents who lack secure employment — to 29 percent or 36,000 children — and the 36 percent of children who lived in households with a high housing cost burden in 2011, up from 33 percent in 2005.

Fifteen percent of Vermont’s children lived in poverty in 2011, an amount unchanged from 2005 to 2011.

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