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How kids count in South Dakota


Undated (KELO-AM) South Dakota is 17th in the nation for overall children's well- being in the 2014 Kids Count Profile of the 50 states by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

South Dakota Kids Count Project Director Carol Cochran says the overall annual ranking is made up of four areas - economic, education, health and family and community - and South Dakota scored highest for economic well-being at second in the country.  North Dakota was number one for economic well being.

Cochran says South Dakota led the nation for having the smallest percentage of teens who neither attend school nor work. She believes a big part of the reason for that is the State Legislature standing fast several years ago on the age requirement of 18 before leaving school.

Visit the Kids Count Data Center for more information about South Dakota at: