A new national survey shows Mississippi ranks last in the nation on several measurements of children's well-being.
The 20th annual Kids Count survey was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
It showed 29.4 percent of Mississippi children were living in poverty in 2007, the most recent numbers available. That was the highest rate for any state.
Nationally, 18 percent of children 18 or younger were living in poverty.
Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama ranked lowest overall in the 10 categories measured by the survey.