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Tennessee in bottom half of ranks for kids' well-being

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The statistics are out, and we now know where Tennessee ranks for the well-being of its children.

This year the state is down three spots to 39th in the overall rankings of the Kids Count report.

The report looks at dozens of indicators including, heath, education, family and safety.

For kids' health, the state ranked 33rd in the country.

For education, the Volunteer State ranked 42nd, much lower than last year. The survey noted access to pre-school as one of the reasons the state lags behind other states.

On the national level, there were some positives to take from the survey.

The nation had a historically low teen birth rate and a higher percentage of children with health insurance.

Also, there is a new last place state - New Mexico.  Mississippi had been at the bottom of the standings for years.

Click here to view the complete report.

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