Survey ranks Vermont sixth on child well-being

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Vermont ranks sixth in the country in a national survey measuring states on the well-being of their children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the report today.

It measures the states in ten categories, ranging from the percentage of children living in poverty to the number of teens having children. Vermont improved in five measures, and placed among the top states in seven.

The state has the lowest infant mortality rate, which dropped to four deaths per thousand in 2004. Vermont also was second lowest in its teen birth and child death rates.

But the state did not make strides in every category.

The percentage of children living in families where no parent had a full-time, year-round job increased from 11% to 31%. That put Vermont 16th in the nation on that measure.

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