The 2013 ranking of "best and worst states to be a kid," formally titled Kids Count, has taken the country by surprise. For the first time in the long history of the annual study, Mississippi was not ranked at the bottom.
The map of state rankings is striking, in that it closely approximates the 2012 electoral map. Red states are ranked poorly. The liberal northeast is towards the top. Does the liberal northeast have a better quality of life, as this study would suggest? And what are the policy lessons to be learned from it?