According to an annual report released on Tuesday, South Dakota ranks 18th nationally in overall child well-being. That’s according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report compares child well-being in every state based on economics, education, family and community and health.
While South Dakota ranks in the Top 20, neighboring states are doing better. Minnesota is first, Iowa fourth and Nebraska tenth. Carole Cochran is project director of South Dakota KIDS COUNT at the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business. She joined Dakota Midday and discussed a few details from the 2015 report.