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Report: Texas among 10 worst states to be a kid

Published On: Jun 24 2013 08:18:10 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 24 2013 02:24:54 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

A new, national report says Texas remains one of the 10 worst states in America to be a kid - despite its booming economy and ballooning population.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count assessment of children's health and well-being Monday.

Texas ranked 42nd nationally. That was up just two spots from the 2012 report, even though there were statewide improvements in access to preschool and falling rates of youngsters without health insurance.

The report says Texas' child poverty rate has reached 26.2 percent. That's 3-plus percentage points higher than the national rate.

The state's percentage of youngsters without health insurance also declined from 18 percent to 13 percent. Still, the U.S. rate of children without health insurance improved to 7 percent.