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KIDS COUNT: Minnesota children rank No. 4 in well-being

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Kids Count is the largest annual study looking at the state of our children's education, health, economic well-being and their family and community.

It's the best picture we get every year of, not only how our kids are faring, but how Minnesota compares to other states.

This year, Minnesota came in No. 4 overall, a jump from No. 5  in 2012. However, there are some areas were improvements need to be made.

Minnesota's child health ranking went from 7th last year to 15th this year. Between 2008 and 2011 the percentage of children in the nation without health insurance decreased by 30 percent, but in Minnesota it remained virtually unchanged. 80,000 Minnesota children, or six percent, remain uninsured.

Another indicator where Minnesota fell behind the nation is in education. The percentage of fourth graders not proficient in reading nationwide decreased from 70 percent in 2005 to 68 percent in 2011. In Minnesota the percentage of fourth graders not proficient in reading increased over the same time period from 62 percent to 65 percent.

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