Study: Rural Children At Higher Risk For Poverty

A new study suggests children living in rural California are more at risk for living in poverty.  Save The Children CEO Carolyn Miles says poverty shortens life expectancy for children.

The organization's annual End of Childhood Index ranked California as 14th best state for children based on five factors.  The study looked at infant mortality rates, food insecurities, high school drop out rates, child homicide or suicide rates and teen pregnancy.  

The study found that California has the fifth lowest infant mortality rates in America and has reduced food insecurity by over two percent since the previous year.  In California, there were 473 child homicides or suicides last year.  The study says the number is slightly decreasing over time.  

Twenty-two percent of rural California children are living in poverty.

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