The Southwest continues to earn dismal marks for child well-being. New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada rank in the bottom five of an annual national report card on education, health care and poverty.
New Mexico, which last year booted Mississippi from last place, moved back up to 49th in this year's Kids Count Data Book. The report cited a slight drop in child poverty, improvements in high school graduation rates and a drop in the teenage birth rate.
Nevada came in at 48th, mostly because of the number of children living in poverty.
Mississippi meanwhile, fell back to the bottom in the annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
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