North Carolina Ranked 2021’s 9th Worst State for Children’s Health Care

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With children under age 16 not yet able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and Every Kid Healthy Week kicking off on April 26, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Children’s Health Care.

In order to determine which states offer the most cost-effective and highest-quality health care for children, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita.

North Carolina came in at #43 and South Carolina was ranked considerably higher at #22.

Best States for Children’s Health

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Kids’ Health & Access to Health Care  Kids’ Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity  Kids’ Oral Health 
1 District of Columbia 60.89 2 7 1
2 Hawaii 60.34 1 12 50
3 Vermont 58.88 3 10 3
4 Washington 55.09 5 20 48
5 Maryland 53.72 4 27 41
6 Oregon 53.72 9 18 10
7 Rhode Island 53.36 8 14 20
8 Colorado 52.87 10 13 27
9 New York 52.52 18 5 19
10 Massachusetts 52.51 24 1 22
11 Virginia 52.12 6 33 30
12 Utah 51.81 22 3 33
13 Connecticut 51.29 12 19 37
14 North Dakota 51.06 32 2 6
15 Maine 51.03 15 21 13
16 Iowa 50.55 13 28 4
17 California 50.44 16 17 38
18 New Hampshire 50.29 7 34 29
19 Pennsylvania 50.11 29 8 8
20 Minnesota 49.98 27 6 26
21 Illinois 49.93 17 23 7
22 South Carolina 49.20 14 35 5
23 Nebraska 48.28 33 11 21
24 Wyoming 47.75 20 29 39
25 Alabama 47.67 11 48 28
26 Montana 47.66 41 9 40
27 Idaho 47.44 26 24 25
28 Wisconsin 47.36 37 15 16
29 New Jersey 47.28 44 4 49
30 South Dakota 46.98 30 22 18
31 Missouri 46.78 19 37 45
32 New Mexico 45.78 23 39 14
33 Arizona 45.49 34 26 32
34 Nevada 45.37 25 30 51
35 Louisiana 44.96 21 43 47
36 Indiana 44.48 28 40 36
37 Michigan 43.89 49 16 12
38 Kansas 43.54 40 36 31
39 Kentucky 43.32 36 42 15
40 West Virginia 43.26 35 47 2
41 Florida 42.97 47 25 35
42 Mississippi 42.88 31 49 24
43 North Carolina 42.64 42 38 46
44 Ohio 42.44 39 46 17
45 Delaware 42.04 48 32 11
46 Alaska 41.24 45 41 44
47 Arkansas 41.17 43 44 43
48 Tennessee 41.08 38 51 23
49 Oklahoma 39.37 46 50 34
50 Georgia 39.08 51 31 9
51 Texas 37.65 50 45 42

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

Children’s Health Care in North Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 27th – % of Children in Excellent/Very Good Health
  • 30th – % of Uninsured Children
  • 39th – Infant-Death Rate
  • 32nd – % of Children with Unaffordable Medical Bills
  • 48th – Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
  • 20th – % of Overweight Children
  • 34th – % of Obese Children
  • 27th – % of Children with Excellent/Very Good Teeth
  • 28th – COVID-19 Positive Tests in the Past Week per Capita

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-child-health/34455

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