Kids Count 2004

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Mississippi and Alabama are better places for children than in the mid-1990s.

However, it's still the worst in the nation. That's according to the annual ''Kids Count'' report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Kids Count tracks ten areas such as infant mortality and poverty levels.

"Despite the poor ranking of Mississippi, the child poverty rate, the teen birth rate and the teen death rate all improved in recent years. The good news in Alabama is the child poverty rate decreased by 19 percent, but despite that good news, one out of every five children in Alabama lives in poverty," said Dr. William O'Har of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The study shows Alabama improved in seven of ten categories measured in the survey, while Mississippi improved in six.