A new study examining childhood poverty has ranked Louisiana as one of the worst for underprivileged children.
The study by WalletHub examined a variety of factors, including the infant mortality rate, food insecurity among each state's children, and the number of children living in a household with a below-poverty income. The study ranks Louisiana as the third worst state for underprivileged children, ahead of only Mississippi and the DIstrict of Columbia.
The study also found that Louisiana:
•Has the most children in single-parent families, tied with Mississippi and New Mexico
•Has the third highest percentage of children living in households with an income below the poverty level
•Has the fifth highest infant mortality rate
•Has the highest percentage of teenagers who are not attending school and who are not working, tied with Alaska.
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, 27 percent of children in Louisiana were living in a household with less than 100 percent of the federal poverty threshold in 2014. For a family of four, the threshold in 2014 was $24,008 in annual income.
The United States has the ninth highest rate of child poverty among developed nations, according to a study by the The UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti. That's approximately 16.1 million children, or nearly a fifth of all children in the United States.
You can read the full WalletHub study here.