The well-being of children in Oklahoma is improving. The state now ranks 36th in the nation up from 40th. The Baltimore-based Annie Casey Foundation based the annual rankings on four criteria: the economy, education, health, and family and community issues. Oklahoma ranks 25th for economy, which includes poverty levels. The state comes in 40th in education. For health, Oklahoma ranks 43rd, including statistics for the number of low birth-weight babies and kids without health insurance. Also, Oklahoma ranks 39th for community factors like the number of single-parent homes and the number of teens giving birth. New Hampshire tops the list.. New Mexico is dead last.
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