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SD Ranks 18th In Kids Well-Being



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There's good and bad news for the well-being of South Dakota’s kids.

The 2013 kids count data book put South Dakota at 18 in its overall rankings. The rankings are based on health, education, the economic climate and safety of the children.

 The project director for South Dakota Kids Count, Carole Cochran, says that the state's ranking is a good thing.

South Dakota showed improvement for the number of children having health insurance and number of kids in school. But the state ranked 48th in the nation when it comes to the teen death rate.

Executive Director Jennifer Kline says that's because of car crashes, and she says the organization is being proactive.

 All 50 states received kids count rankings. New Hampshire ranked first while New Mexico ranked 50th. Minnesota came in fourth and Iowa ranked seventh.
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