Nevada ranks near bottom of Kids Count Report

Jessica Janner

Nevada ranks near bottom of Kids Count Report

CREATED Jun. 24, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A new report has been released on the state of children in Nevada.

The Kids Count Report is produced by the Ann E. Casey Foundation and it takes a look at things like education, poverty and health care.

This year's report ranks the state of Nevada number 48 out of 50.

According to the report, Nevada ranks 48 when it comes to economic well being. 22 percent of all kids in the state are living in poverty and 13 percent of teens aren't in school and are not working.

In the education category, Nevada ranked dead last. 75 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in reading and 42 percent of high school students in Nevada fail to graduate on time.

Nevada ranked 47th in the country in the health category. 16 percent of kids in Nevada don't have insurance and 8 percent are abusing drugs or alcohol.

However, Nevada did improve in 11 of the 16 areas.

Only Mississippi and New Mexico ranked lower in the yearly study.

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